Flee Sin: Sin Is No Small Matter


The Lion Loosed

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! 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 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NIV)


The Lesson Learned

When we make a small matter of “small” sins we are in danger of falling into the greater. Never wink at sin. Every sin carries with it a death sentence to something and every sin was a death nail to our Lord Jesus to save us. Are we to make light of what cost Him so dearly to save our scrawny necks? We must never be secure in our own flesh – even the godly are subject to fall. Our Scripture today reminds us of our weaknesses as well as God’s faithfulness to help us bear temptations. We need the full armor of God on us as even the saintliest among us have this sinful nature within them. Believers are not sinless yet we are to be sinning less, Amen? We are to be in process of becoming more and more conformed into the image of Jesus as He was to be the firstborn among many brothers. Yet when we fall we crucify afresh the Son of God and tread lightly on His blood shed on our behalf. Also, as we yield to sin it increases its power over us. And remember all our wrongdoings inevitably cause us grief, not joy. There remains true joy only by walking in step with the Master.     
King David rightly declares in Psalms 139:23 (NIV): “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” God longs to blot out our transgressions and to cleanse us from our unrighteousness. He beckons us to confess our sins and receive the blessing of being forgiven. Always flee to the foot of the cross for forgiveness. The longer we linger, the more it costs us. Yet, isn’t it sad how often we take grace and forgiveness for granted – trampling them under foot in abuse? Remember, our sins are, first and foremost, against God and our sins caused Jesus to be nailed him to the cross. How can we not fall at His feet, flat on our faces, when we recognize the magnitude of what He did for us?
Confessing our sins isn’t just about bringing them to light so they will be forgiven (which they will be). It is, first and foremost, about humbling ourselves before the Lord in repentance and turning from our sins to Him. As we fall at His feet in gratitude and thanksgiving and_ _with the deepest, most authentic “I’m sorry”, we recognize our role in His death. The devil wants to keep us away from God, and his accusations will always drive us away from the cross. God’s Spirit, however, always will bring us to the cross. We are all weak and in need of grace. The broken perceive this so clearly. We all need the Lord Jesus to free us from us. No exceptions.

Heart Savor

The Lion Roars

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. 1 John 1:8-10 (NIV)

  • We are never to be lacking in zeal but keep our spiritual fervor serving the Lord.
  • We are to be zealous for the Lord’s great Name – through His power for His glory.
  • Create in me a pure heart and a steadfast spirit Oh Lord.