A continuous pattern of sin will deaden your conscience to the harmful effect of sin. The best example of this is the unconverted world. Those who are outside of the body of believers practice sin without a second thought. They think nothing of lying, looking with lustful intent, cursing God’s name, disobedience and committing every sin that is common to man. This is why the Christian is different from the world. The Christian has been set free from the controlling power and demand of sin. The Holy Spirit has given the believer the ability to overcome sin and reject the temptations. In Matthew 15.13 the Bible speaks of people whose hearts have waxed gross and ears that are dull of hearing. This description applies to the vast majority of people today. We live in a society that is growing ever more sinful by turning away from the wisdom and knowledge of God. The words of Acts 7.51 are also applicable here. “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.” Let us consider the promise of God in Ezekiel 36.26-27. Here God promises to give us a new heart and a new spirit. He will take away the heart of stone that is hard towards him and replace it with one of flesh. This is the new heart of the Christian. This is only possible when we turn to God in faith and repentance. We find in Proverbs 28.13, the Lord blesses the soul that confesses his sins and forsakes them, with the blessing of mercy.
Isaiah 59.2 teaches us that our sins separate us from God and that the Lord will withdraw from hearing you. This is a warning against a continuous pattern of sin. Fellowship with God is at the heart of the Christian life. Being separated from true communion with God ought to be the motivation to continue on the path of righteousness. The desire of all true born again believers is to be connected with God in fellowship. Read and ponder Ephesians 4.29-30. The warning here is to not allow any evil speech to proceed out of your month and do not grieve the Holy Ghost. Our conduct ought to be seasoned with grace for the well being of others. May we all heed to the warning found in Galatians 6.7-8. God is not mocked. What you reap you will sow. If you sow seeds of sin you will reap the results. No-one in their right mind would sow apple tree seeds and expect to grow a rose bush. If you sow corruption, corruption you shall surely reap. The only way we can reap righteousness and holiness is if we abide in Christ Jesus. John 15.4-5 tells us that Jesus Christ is the vine and we are the branches. The branch cannot bear fruit on its own. Without Christ we can do nothing.
Sin has power and control over the soul and heart. Sin can and will dominate you if you allow it to control you. Christian people have been given the victory over sin and its power. Christ has defeated the dominating power of sin. All true born again Christians have the victory over sin through Christ. We find in Ephesians 2.2 that the Apostle Paul encourages believers to forsake the former life that was lived according to the spirit of the world. He also writes that the spirit of the world works in the children of disobedience. If we walk in righteousness we know that we are of God (1 John 5.19 & 2 Timothy 2.26). Consider the following Scriptures. Proverbs 5. 22-23, “His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray John 8. 34-36, “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” Romans 6. 11-12, “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
The fourth thing that happens when we commit sin is discouragement. I am sure you feel discouraged when you have fallen into sin. This is one of many ways used by the enemy to cause you to doubt your faithfulness to Christ and to cause you to stumble in your Christian walk. In Psalm 38.4-8 the Bible says, “For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.”
The final point I will like to make is the deception of sin. The devil tells us many lies. A few of them are as follows. You cannot overcome that sin. You cannot be forgiven. You will commit that sin again tomorrow. You can put it off till later. Remember the words of 1 Corinthians 10.13, “ There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Our motivation to live a holy and right life is the price that Christ paid to purchase your soul.
“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.” Micah 7.8
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