Hebrews 12:1-6 (NKJV)
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
For whom the LORD loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
Self deception’s course operates at the forefront.
When we have no intention to give up the sin we love, it’s born out of self deception and its foundation is pride in the heart. Mix in with pride in the heart is an unwillingness to separate from the satisfaction it tries to offer.
Sin is a poisonous drink. We keep drinking it, assuming that it’s not doing any harm but little by little, the poison invades our sense of right and wrong. It slowly intoxicates us and controls us. We come under its enslaving influence.
And when the Lord brings confrontation, we enter into denial. We deny that we’re in sin. We deny that it has control over us. We deny that we’re sinful, and declare that we’re just as godly and everyone else.
1 John 1:5-10 (NKJV)
“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
Then the Lord allows a series of events to capture our attention, like the prodigal son. It’s only until we “come to ourselves” that we’ve realized that we’re so intoxicated that the only remedy is repentance from dead works. A complete departure from the contaminating influences of the world.
It’s a risky choice to remain in sin when you’re confronted by the Lord. It’s not a coincidence that the Lord sent someone with a word to locate where your heart is.
Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJV)
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
What is true for riches, like precious metals, and money, is true about sin.
Some of us treasure sin in the same way and when we’re confronted to give it up, we become very defensive. We will defend the “right” to do as we please.
Not realizing that when we sin as we please, we’re storing up wrath in the day of wrath.
Romans 2:5-9 (NKJV)
“But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”:
eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil…”
The whole purpose of letting it go is so we could avoid the wrath of God that’s to come. The events of our time are forming so quick that we can’t keep up. We’re so distracted with Covid, vaccinations, mandates, and it’s not stopping anytime soon.
There’s been a decline in infections and deaths. The lull to sleep is happening and many aren’t paying attention. We go back to sin. Business as usual. But this is not the time to resume the way things were.
We should be watchful, and paying attention.
1 Peter 4:7-8 (NKJV)
“But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
We must also understand that the deceivers are deceived and that should alarm us all.
Live crucified lives. Live righteous lives. Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Love God more than the sin you love. Prove it by obeying His Word and never allow the urges and impulses of your flesh dictate how you live.