Faith Factor: To what end?
Special to the Sun
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Have you ever said to yourself, and#8220;Welland#8230; Itand#8217;s not that big of a sinand#8230;and#8221; Or maybe youand#8217;ve compromised your purity with, and#8220;This one time wonand#8217;t matter.and#8221; Perhaps youand#8217;ve even convinced yourself something was OK to continue because of the idea: and#8220;This is just something I struggle with.and#8221;
How about digging a little deeper? Be honest with yourself. Have you ever thought, and#8220;I donand#8217;t care that itand#8217;s wrong. I want this. I want to do this.and#8221; Even if the exact phrasing wasnand#8217;t created in your thought pattern, did your actions show any different? There were a few times in my Christian walk I wanted something God said no to. I begged and pleaded and God refused my request. Instead of following His will, I followed my own and found nothing but unrest, pain and sorrow. Even though I didnand#8217;t say out loud: and#8220;God I am choosing my own way and forsaking Yours,and#8221; the entirety of my heart and actions clearly declared so.
A very profound question surfaced itself in my heart this week: To what end? When we sin, no matter how small, to what end will we follow it through? and#8220;Oh, itand#8217;s ok that I make out with my boyfriend, itand#8217;s innocent,and#8221; we say. To what end is this and#8220;innocence?and#8221; Is God pleased by love awakening before itand#8217;s time? (Song of Solomon 2:7, 3:5, 8:4).
and#8220;Iand#8217;m not gossiping,and#8221; we say, and#8220;Iand#8217;m just saying how Iand#8217;m feeling.and#8221; To what end will we tear down the integrity of the fellow saints? Is God pleased by our lips, lips whose only job is to proclaim the excellencies of our Savior and King, slandering and tearing down fellow brothers and sisters, or even worse, people who are dead in their sin? (2 Timothy 2:16-17).
We tell ourselves, and#8220;Itand#8217;s just a little lie. I donand#8217;t want to hurt them.and#8221; To what end will we follow these small lies? How could God be ever be pleased when we follow after Satan, the Father of Lies?! (John 8:44). We go as far to think as long as things are just in our heads, weand#8217;re not sinning. and#8220;At least Iand#8217;m not saying it out loud or doing it,and#8221; we say. To what end will we let our mind be poisoned with fantasies, bitterness, or evil thinking? God knows the power of our thoughts and is not pleased when we hide in them and have them as a and#8220;safe placeand#8221; to meditate on our dark desires (Philippians 4:8).
Sinning is a big deal, brother and sister! There is no such thing as a small sin! Every sin will find you out! (Numbers 32:23). You will reap what you sow. I do, indeed, say this to scare you. To put a holy fear in you. Do not think for one second your sin is hidden. No matter how deep, or secret, God knows. And our God is a God of justice. He chastises, purges, prunes and molds those whom He loves.
Oh believer, pray your sin will come to the surface! Pray for redemption and#8212; for God to redeem (buy back) those areas in your life that you have given to your flesh. Stay faithful, stay strong, stay in the Word, stay in prayer. We are nothing without those. Even if not for your sake, I pray you would do this for the sake of your children. For the sake of your neighbor who doesnand#8217;t know of Godand#8217;s gift. For the sake of your co-workers, enemies, family members, parents, nephews, aunts, etc.! For the sake of the gospel, walk in truth and stay in the light.
To what end are you continuing in your sin, dear reader? To what end?
and#8212; Courtney Brimer, a lover of the Lord, Sierra College attendee and Ace Hardware employee who is very involved in her church and community!
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