Galatians 1:6, 7 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”
“It all happened so quickly.” “I never planned on going this far…” “I was tired and wasn’t thinking…”
We have all been there. One minute we are right with God, the next our minds are as far from righteousness and holiness and we just don’t know how we got there. It may have been something we saw; something we heard that triggered a memory; an image that conjured up an experience that took our minds in an opposite direction from where we ought to be.
Whatever it was, we found ourselves at a point of decision or often we just blow right by it grabbing two fistfuls of whatever the world has to offer. We have a principle in RU Recovery:
“Small compromises lead to great disasters – or – Little sins lead to big sins”
Once we give in, the dam has broken and it is much harder to stop than if we had just said ‘No.’ Our flesh is engaged and alive. Our minds have wrongly justified, ‘Just this once’, or ‘No one will see me’, or ‘I’m not hurting anyone but myself’.
Simply, we gave ourselves permission. Sin became “OK” – just this once. Just like the slogan for Lays potato chips; ‘Betcha you can’t eat just one’, we begin a downward spiral that never ends well.
If it is true that God will never leave me nor forsake me, He was there when I sinned. He watched as I departed from what I knew to be right to follow after my own lusts proving the Word of God true:
James 1:15 “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
What follows, is a bondage to that sin.
Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
Many of us have found that our Sunday worship gets put in the rear view mirror so quickly that by Tuesday, we are back in the chains of sin we repented of at the altar of conviction.
Why is that?
Way back in Genesis, Lucifer enticed Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit and gave to Adam who should have known better. But, the devil said something very profound:
Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
First, he cast doubt that God knew what He was doing by restricting their freedom of choice. But then, that old sly devil said:
Genesis 3:4, 5 “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
Lucifer, now Satan, knew very well what happens when we choose against God: we become our own god. You see, placing ourselves in the place of ‘Decision Maker’ or ‘Decider of Truth’ – for me – makes ME the god of my life, not the God of Heaven.
The god of every decision in my life needs to be the God of Heaven, not me.
I cannot and will not think straight enough to trust what ever passes my thought process.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
The ‘heart’ is the center of all that I am. not the beating organ in my chest that keeps the flow of blood and keeps me alive. No, it is my mind.
God says my mind is deceitful – meaning tending to mislead, deceive or ensnare; full of deceit; trickish; fraudulent; cheating.
Above ALL things – including my own mind meaning I can trick myself; I can deceive myself into believing I am right; I am ‘Okay’. But then He says:
“…and desperately wicked”
Hard to find good in that.
Then, God leaves no doubt as to what He wants me to learn about my own heart:
“…who can know it?”
I can be deceived and I can deceive myself… Why in the world would I trust anything I tell myself – unless it lines up with the Word of God?
And we wonder why we are so soon removed like Paul told the Galatians?
We set ourselves up to be the god of our decision-making – not the God of Heaven. We compromise telling ourselves ‘It’s ok…’ We justify our reasoning. We validate it because others have done the same.
“Everyone else is doing it” was an excuse I gave my parents to which many of heard;
“And if everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you go too?”
Sometimes I open my mouth and my parents come out!
When you and I stand in the place of making the decisions for our life, we are saying we are responsible enough; smart enough, man or woman enough to know the difference between right and wrong; to know what God wants versus what I want.
That position of pride will always end horribly.
God is ALWAYS right – ALL the time, EVERY time. We tell ourselves how smart we are, how talented we are and go off into a place God never designed for us to go; to do things God never intended us to do.
Because He sees how it will all end and desires for us to have so much better! His choice is to keep us from not only destroying ourselves but also those who would follow us in our folly. Just as Paul was warning the people of the church in Galatia, we must warn ourselves not to listen to those who would pervert the truth – even if it is the voice in our head talking.
We quote these verses from Proverbs but forget the context of the very next verse…
Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”
When we realize just how quickly our path can stray from God’s, we must have a way back that is quick and sure. Only God’s Word can be that for us.