Hebrews 12:4 “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.“
Our enemy, Satan, knows how to dress up sin to make it look appealing.
He began all the way back in the garden.
Genesis 3:6 “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
There is always a justification we make to indulge in our sin. For some, it is the inability to resist. Others will say, I am not hurting anyone but me.
Some will go to great lengths to say, “I know that I have already been forgiven for sin and can no longer go to Hell for them,” meaning they are willing to suffer Hell on earth, knowing they will still go to Heaven.
Our attitude toward sin is telling. It reveals our spiritual condition. It speaks of how close we are to God. It shows how sensitive or how much we value our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
It is also revealing to those who know us to belong to God.
There is a slow process Satan uses to draw us into deciding to sin.
James 1:14-15 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Proverbs gives us a vivid illustration.
Proverbs 7:9 “In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night“
Twilight is where there is an equal portion of light and darkness.
The evening is where darkness is overtaking the light.
The black and dark night is where darkness has overcome the light.
To be tempted, drawn away, and enticed is Satan’s MO (modus operandi – method of operation). He will watch to see what captures our eye. Then, he creates an opportunity for us to have that temptation put before us. The longer we linger looking or thinking about sin, the more excellent the opportunity to sin becomes.
Many falsely think that Satan makes us sin. He cannot. It has been, and always will be our choice. It has to be a conscious thought to hate the sin in our life. Any question or acceptance in our heart for a particular sin will open the door. Once our enemy sees his chance, he takes a crowbar and forces it open to put us in bondage.
If God calls it an abomination, do we?
What is our attitude about the sins of others?
What is our attitude about our sin?
That brings us to the heart of the matter. God’s love for us and His hatred for sin is what caused Christ to come to earth. We can say, ‘we know,’ but shouldn’t that affect our actions?
I never try to hurt someone intentionally. But, there are times when what I say, what I do, or what I don’t say or do will eventually hurt those I love. I can tell myself it’s okay until I see just how devastating that hurt is and take responsibility for what I’ve done.
The cross ought to be a place we return to daily. To be able to see Christ crucified for my sin should make my heart melt, and my spirit softens that I may come to a place of confession and repentance.
To be able to resist sin, we must have a proper hate life.
We must hate what God hates.
Proverbs 6:16-19 “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
This passage is just a sample of what God records in scripture.
Can we look at this list and say we have never committed any of these sins?
If we have sinned, how do we treat those who commit such sins?
How do we treat our sins?
Do we make a feeble attempt and say we tried, or do we continue to strive against sin, whatever the cost?
God reveals to us what should be our attitude toward sin. He expressly tells us to make every effort using all our strength to resist sin.
When saved, I was confronted with the decision to quit drinking because it not only had become a problem, but I found myself addicted.
The man that led me to Christ challenged me, asking, “What do you think God thinks about your drinking?”
I answered, “Jesus drank wine, so I guess He’s okay with my drinking.”
What followed was an authoritative study on alcohol, how God views it, and what should be my attitude toward drinking and drunkenness.
The Holy Spirit convicted me that I needed to stop. But what I couldn’t stop was the taste on my tongue for alcohol. So, I came to tell God, “I have tried and failed every attempt to stop drinking in my power. I will continue to do what I can do, but You will have to make up the difference if I am ever going to stop.”
No sooner than I had prayed that prayer, a situation where I could either resist or give in to my drinking. As much as my flesh wanted, I said no and prayed for God to help me.
That day, I learned a very precious truth.
I must do what I can to resist my sin and trust God for the rest.
You see, that day was the beginning of what is now over thirty years of sobriety. I owe it all to God. I do not know what would have happened had I not been put to the test, or if I would have given in. What I do know is that I no longer have that taste on my tongue.
I do know that if I would ever return to it, I would go more in-depth and hurt far more people than just myself.
Lastly, to put it all into perspective, can we say that we could look at the nail-scarred hands and feet of our Savior, and look into Jesus’ eyes and honestly decide to take our sin over forgiveness and the life purchased for us?