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Sick and Tired of Sin (Proverbs 28:13)
Proverbs 28:13, He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
The story is told of two men from Ireland that discovered an unusual turtle. The head of the turtle had been completely chopped off from its body, but the turtle was still crawling around as if nothing had happened. The two men argued over the turtle. One claimed it was alive and the other that it was dead. As they argued, their voices escalated, attracting the attention of a third Irishman. It was decided that this third man would arbitrate the matter and that he would give the final verdict. The arbitrator took one look at the turtle and proclaimed, "It's dead, but he don't believe it!" This is the same problem that many believers have today. They are dead to sin, but they do not believe it. They do not believe they are no longer under the compulsion of sin. If the Christian sins, he does it because he chooses to do so. You and I don't have to because we are under new management.
According to Romans 6:1-16, being dead to sin has to do with our spiritual position in Christ. When you become a Christian, God not only forgives your sins, but He declares you righteous, and He sees you in Christ, identified with Him. Because Christ arose from death, we also now have a new life spiritually in Him. We too have died and been made alive in Christ. Sin no longer has rule over us. If allowed, sin will reign in our body. It will take over as a ruler. Therefore, we should be living unto God rather than in sin.
When a man is executed for a crime, he is freed from the crime when he is dead. The case is closed. We died with Christ on the cross; our penalty has been paid; sins power has been broken. We are freed from sin. In other words, we don't have to serve sin. We are free from sin, not free to sin. Because of the frailty of men, Christians still yield to their sinful natures and temptations, even though they do not have to do this. It’s simple, Christians have a choice in the matter to do that which is right or wrong. Little by little sin is made to appear less sinful. There was a time when sin shocked some of you that it's not shocking now. Lucille Ball said one time, "I'm shocked that I'm not shocked anymore." People used to blush when they were ashamed. Now they are ashamed if they blush. Modesty has disappeared and a brazen generation with no fear of God before its eye’s mocks at sin. We are so fond of being called tolerant and broadminded that we wink at sin when we ought to weep, Vance Havner. Keep in mind, God has never been casual about sin!
Prayer: Father in Heaven, thank You for forgiving me of my sins. What You say about my sin is true. Sin hurts me. It destroys my relationships with others, and it separates me from finding my blessings in You. Convict me of the sin that harms me and help me to turn from it. Help me to see the sinfulness of my sin so that I might enjoy the goodness and freedom of Your grace. Help me to love and live like Your Son Jesus. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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