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Sin Fascinates Before It Assassinates

Sin Fascinates Before It AssassinatesSin always begins as a mere thought in the mind. It’s a lie from the enemy of our soul designed to destroy us. As that thought is entertained by our desires, it grows until it guides our actions. But sin brings with it many disappointing consequences and destroys the life of the sinner.

The lie says, “The act you are now doing, the desire or attitude you are now feeling, is not very bad because there are much worse things. It’s not very bad because everyone else does the same things, not very bad because you can’t help it, or not very bad because God knows you are weak and He will understand. Sin distorts the truth. Jeremiah warned that, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately corrupt; who can understand it?

Deceit is so subtle that it can creep in and take up residence in the heart without causing any distraction or unusual notion. But, little by little, that deception grows and multiplies into a life-altering, character-damaging struggle that can last a lifetime. Sin paints a beautiful picture in the beginning, while hiding the end results that will eventually be revealed.

Sin distorts reality and blinds us to the truth with foolish and evil inclinations. As we look around the world with all of the horror stories of torture and corruptness, thievery, drunkenness, and sexual promiscuity, we have to wonder where the hope for escape from the condemnation of sin is to be found.

The Word of God tells us that, “When lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.”  Sin always looks and feels good when it is satisfying the lust of the flesh and its desires. However, the end of the story is not pretty. Sin fascinates before it assassinates.

But, there is hope. The Bible reveals an important truth to us in Hebrews 4:12, 13, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him we have to do.”

The Word of God exposes our sins, blows away the thick fog of deception and lets us see sin for what it really is. The Word directs us to flee from sin instead of wallowing in it and directs us to salvation in Christ. Seldom is there a cure for a disease without a diagnosis. God’s diagnosis of our human condition is sin. He alone is the cure for that life destroying condition.

The Apostle Paul highlights what happens when we accept the cure that God so lovingly offers when he writes, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Repent of your sin today and seek the freedom and forgiveness that He wants you to enjoy.

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Are all the thing you have to do REALLY necessary to do?

Are all the thing you have to do REALLY necessary to do?If you are one of the truly fortunate in this world, you, as did The Rolling Stones, can claim,

“Ti-i-i-ime is on my side, yes it is!”

However, if you are like most of us, nothing can be further from the truth.  That’s why you have to seriously consider the question we are posing – – “Are all the things you have to do REALLY necessary to do?”

Our first, immediate answer is, “of course they are!”  If we take the time to examine some of these tasks, however, we might find out that we are not being gut-wrenchingly honest with ourselves.  To make an accurate assessment of the “need to do” importance, there are several questions we must ask.

What will happen if I don’t do this task?  –  It may take a bit of contemplating to figure out this answer, but, depending on the severity of the consequences, we might learn that this task really doesn’t need to be accomplished after all.

Why, exactly, am I doing this task.  –  If we find that the answer is something as lame as, “because I have always done it,” you might be able to eliminate it from your to do list – – permanently.

How does accomplishing this task benefit me, my family, or my company?  –  There are some things that, once accomplished, yield less to our benefit than the time expelled to achieve it is valued at.  While the yardstick to measure value can vary, the bottom line is that the value of the time needed to accomplish a task must equal or be less than the value of the task accomplished.

Many people have found, myself included, that much of what I thought was vitally important in my work day was nothing more than a “time hog,” and could be easily butchered, saving seconds, minutes and, in some instances, even hours in the day!

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