Three Little Letters

Seems like all I can see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me “son
Stop fighting a fight that’s already been won”
I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off theses heavy chains
And wipe away every stain now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed
I’m redeemed
All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember oh God, You’re not done with me yet
I am redeemed, You set me free
Thank God, redeemed
Written by:  Benji Cowart / Michael Weaver / Michael David Weaver

 

 

S I N

I know, I know, you don’t want to talk about or read about sin…But hear me out…it might sway your thinking.  At least to the point that you might want to change the way you see and do things…

Three little letters with a very big consequence.  But what actually is SIN?

One dictionary definition states: “transgressions of divine law; any act regarded as such a transgression, especially a wilful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle; any reprehensible or regrettable action, behaviour, lapse; great fault or offence.” 

You’ve heard of the story “The Scarlet Letter. A story where the symbol “A” is put on a women who committed adultery. It was meant to be a symbol of shame.  The moral of The Scarlet Letter is that secret sin leads to guilt and pain. Hester is publicly punished, which causes her pain. Hester learns from her sin, and grows strong, a direct result from her punishment. The scarlet letter “A” later became a blessing to Hester, changing her into an honest person with good virtues, through the grace and mercy of God.

But why is this little three letter word so appalled.  It’s because it is a spiritual problem, within the heart and concerns a relationship with God. There are many in today’s society who want to cast God out, out of everything. Why might this be…could it be a feeling of guilt. If you are struggling with this little word in your life…know this…you are dealing with the accusations of Satan not God.  God has a remedy for all that ails you!

 

Sin is like a credit card…enjoy now…pay later!

“There are four things every person has more of than they know; sins, debt, years, and foes.”
-Persian Proverb

 

My Grandma used to say “Be sure your sins will find you out.”

She used to say this when I would try to lie about something I’d done that I knew wasn’t right and sure enough she’d find out and confront me with it.  Like the time I said I was going over to a friends house, whose mother was always baking.  Grandma knew the lady would give me something irresistible, like peach pie.  But then I had to go home for supper and if I didn’t eat all my supper, Grandma knew I had eaten something, when she told me not to.

 

It’s the same when a shoplifter has something in their pocket and tries to say “it’s not mine”, “I don’t know how it got there”.  The camera’s were watching.  They thought they were in the clear because they didn’t see the cameras.  But with the evidence in the pocket, well there was no disputing the crime.

 

With sin, our hearts are hardened and we don’t care about anything or anyone.  When we conceal our sin we put ourselves in prison and it eats away at us making us miserable.  Like a drug addict who is only looking at their next fix.  They will lie, steal, cheat, sometimes even kill just to get that next fix.  Eventually their life wastes away.  They are really only 30 but they look 60.  Their teeth fall out, they lose weight and get sick because there is nothing left on their bones.  This is the same with sin.   None of us are without sin.  “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23We have all sinned and disobeyed God and hurt others.   But remember “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”  Galatians 6:7

 

God is love to the utmost, but, He also hates. What does He hate…SIN. Proverbs 6:12-19 outlines the sins of a wicked man or woman. But the 7 things which are an abomination to God are “haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.” 
The 10 commandments that were set out in the days of Moses are essentially the best outline for our lives (Exodus 20)
So many today worship the earth, the climate, their car, themselves, anything that God is removed from. 
Today we hear Jesus’ name being spouted as a curse word, when it should be revered.
Remember when stores were closed on Sundays, and people went to church and kept the day, a day of rest.
We used to respect our parents now there are those who want to be divorced from them.
Killing is rampant today.  From those who want to shoot up the neighbourhood, to those who want to kill babies in the womb. 
We don’t need to constantly swear when expressing ourselves. 
Committing adultery, or using children for sex-trafficking, using drugs to harm ourselves. 
Where does it get you when you take what doesn’t belong to you. 
Lying about anything just gets you into more and more hot water.  Once you tell one, you have to tell more to get out of the first one.  It becomes like a hamster on a wheel. 
 You don’t really need everything the Jones’ have, because you want it.  Do you need it.
Doesn’t God supply your every need?  
Psalm 34:4“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

 

There is a remedy…for this thing called SIN

Look at your heart, change the way you see.
Look at the remedy and change, by looking at the One who had no sin, JesusThat’s why He died.  He took all our sins on that cross and left us with an opportunity to have our sins forgiven and forgotten.  His Grace sets us free.

The story of the adulteress who was brought before Jesus by the Pharisees, who thought, according to the law of Moses, she should be stoned.  But Jesus said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”  John 8:7With that, Jesus showed her compassion and asked if none of them condemned her, why should He.  So He told her to “go and sin no more”. v.11   That’s all He asks of us too. 

It’s Liberating!!

It’s as simple as changing your clothes.  As Christians, we simply take off the old clothes of sin and put on new clothes of love and forgiveness.  It’s a gift from God, through His Son Jesus.  2 Corinthians 5:17, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  Our sins are washed away and our night is turned to day. “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him”  Psalms 103:11-13.

     God’s first judgement came by water.  Remember the story of Noah (Genesis 6-9).

Judgement on humanity is a bitter thing.  God has wondrous words for us in the bible, but also has information that are strong warnings of what will come if we don’t repent or change the way we see.

But the coming and final judgement will be by fire. (Isaiah 66:15-16 and Revelation 8:5) 
But the great news is, right now, this very minute, God still offers mercy, grace, and pardon because of the shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, to all who hear, believe, and trust Him for forgiveness.  You can be the person you want to be; You can be the person God wants you to be – through Jesus.
The consequences of sin are…
There are so many joys of life that sin robs from us.  No, we are not perfect and probably never will be perfect.  There is only one who is perfect and that is Jesus.  However we can be changed, from the inside out.  What comes from the heart is reflected on the outside of who we are.  Acts 3:19, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”  Many people who place their faith in Jesus say their first, most evident emotion is the sense of having a burden lifted off them.
                                                                                     
Remember…
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23

The time to buy life insurance is not the day you die!  Seeking God’s Forgiveness and Changing the Way You See is a No-Brainer Insurance Policy.
Get your’s today.
The old will pass away and everything will become new. 
Change your mind…change your direction.