L. A. Marzulli
The deceitfulness of Sin
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:13
When I say this word, sin, at conferences come people cringe. If I talk about it on the radio the host may become uncomfortable. If I confront a non-believer and talk about sin they can start to squirm… literally.
There’s a reason for this. Most of us don’t want to look at our sin, our depravity, our fallen nature. However, the Christian faces his or hers sin, head on, confesses it, asks for forgiveness and then, realizes that our sins are separated from us, as far as the east is from the west, because of the cross of Jesus!
Sin creeps into our lives. James tells us that a man is drawn away by his own lust. Here’s how it works.
A thought may pop into our heads. We may find ourselves making a case against someone in our minds. Soon, we can become bitter against this person, and we find ourselves looking at them with disdain, jealousy, hatred, or envy.
We all fall short of the glory of God. We are all sinners. We all have a fallen nature. Everyone needs the saving grace of Jesus the Messiah.
The Bible tells us: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1John 1: 8-10
When we sin it can cause us to turn away from God in our shame. We can stop reading His word, fellow-shipping with one another and even stop going to church. Sin, truly leads to death, if it is not checked.
Then there are sins that some of us repeat over and over again. These are habitual sins, and there is usually a stronghold in our life that must be dealt with.
This is when fasting and praying and confessing our sins to another comes into play, as we can break the power of sin in our lives through the greater power of the Spirit of the Living God, who can cleanse us from our sin, and heal the festering wound, or the root of the sin, the stronghold in our lives.
What sin are you struggling with today? Do you feel helpless against it? Does it overpower you? Do you find yourself doing the things that you don’t want to do, just like Paul admits to us in Romans, 7?
The good news is this: Nothing can separate us from the love of God, as there is now no condemnation in Jesus. We are cleansed from our sin by His atoning work on the cross. He truly has taken our sins upon Himself and through His stripes we are healed.
Jesus loves you and me just where we are. He was tempted in all things yet never stumbled. He knows our frame and he remembers that we are but dust.
Go to Him today and confess your sin, ask for forgiveness and then walk in victory and grace.