Friday, October 31, 2008

A Message Worth Repeating

What is the single biggest barrier to us and God? Sin. This past Sunday pastor Dave preached a great message on the progression of sin. The heart of the message bears repeating.

His message was taken from the account of David and Bathsheba (which you can read about here, 2 Samuel 11). Sin doesn't just "happen." It's usually a progression. David's moral failure followed a progression that is common for all of us...my paraphrase of pastor Dave's message...

1) The Look: this is the point of initial temptation. A seed is planted.
2) The Desire: this is where the temptation takes root - it has not bloomed into sin yet, but in essence, this is the line in the sand; at this point we either "feed" the desire and give into sin, or we "starve" the desire and pursue righteousness.
3) The Action: this is the act of sinning. By this point we have fed the desire and it has given birth to sin.
4) The Consequence: all sin...let me repeat, ALL sin leads to consequence.

Consider two stories; first, David and Bathsheba. David is at home, not off to war with his troops where he should be. He sees Bathsheba (the look) and is drawn to her. The look leads to a desire, which David feeds. Very quickly this desire gives birth to sin (the action) which leads to huge consequences...murder, the loss of a son, and another son that ends up taking David's throne.

Consider a second story; Joseph and Potifer's wife. Joseph is home alone with her, she makes a move on him (the look). Joseph chooses to "starve" the desire and flees the scene. There was no act of sin, and no consequence of sin.

This leads to our practical application - when we are being tempted (by our own evil desires), do we feed the desire(s) or starve them? Remember this truth; "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." (1 Cor 10:13).

So, the challenge for us is to STARVE our desires before they give birth to sin. Easy to say, hard to do...but the challenge remains; "be holy as I am holy."

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