SIN, UNIVERSAL DISEASE.
Do you know that sin is a universal disease of all human beings, whatever the status in life? Sin pollutes, corrupts, defiles and ultimately destroy its victim. Sin is an abomination to God and alienates man from God. Sin entices, seduces and attracts its victim to external death. Sin terminates the life of its victim physically and renders him dead while still alive. Sin made a man a transgressor, made Satan a tyrant, made Christ a sufferer, made punishment a necessity and made hell a reality. Sin is never profitable or productive, the eventual fruit of sin is death, physical, spiritual and eternal.
Sin is the act of violating God’s will by transgressing his commandments. Sin can also be viewed as any thought or action that endangers the ideal relationship between an individual and their God; or as any diversion from the perceived idea.
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Pro 28: 13. The fact is that we are at the end of time and Satan has perfected his strategies to win more souls to populate heal, using traps of sin. Now is the time to take positive action and conscious effort to avoid sin in its ramifications and conscious effort to the destination which is heaven, as believers in Christ Jesus. No matter how minute sin is, it’s still spinning, so flee from all evil.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envying’s, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21.
Spurgeon on practice – All who commit any of the sins in this long catalogue are sowing to the flesh, and not to the Spirit. When a man sows to the flesh, what will the harvest be? “The one who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption” Galatians 6:8 putridity, rottenness, death! The sin that the sinner thought was sweet as honey turns bitter as gall to him. There are many men and women in this world who have lived in sin until it has become its own punishment, and if it is not so in this world, it will be so in the world to come.
How did Abel present his sacrifice unto the Lord? It was by faith. Moses did not write that Cain offered his sacrifice by faith, and no New Testament writer comments on the faith of Cain demonstrated by this offering. If Cain did not offer his gifts unto God by faith, then how did he worship? The opposite of faith is by sight 2nd Corinthians. 5:7, that is, through human intuition. Cain worshipped according to “sight” according to what his own senses and wisdom dictated would be an honourable gift unto the Lord.
No doubt, his produce was lovely to look upon. No doubt, he laboured over those crops until the harvest. No doubt he anticipated that all the arduous work, time, and care he had spent on those offerings would be acceptable. His expectation of acceptance is clearly demonstrated by his reaction to the Lord’s rejection of his sacrifice.
But Cain’s offering was not rejected because he did not worship in earnest.
Instead, his offering was rejected because it was offered according to his own presumption and not by faith.
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou do well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou do not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. Genesis 4:4-7
Which reminds me of King David saying: that he could not have a piece of land for free to offer a sacrifice unto the LORD. Whatever we give to God, must be the best we have by faith, even to our fellow human beings. And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So, David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 2nd Samuel 24:25.
No wonder it is said in the book of Isaiah 40, Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31
My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word. I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes. Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so, shall I talk of thy wondrous works. My soul melted for heaviness: strengthen thou me according to unto thy word. Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously. Psalm 119:25-29.
Verse 25. According to thy word. The word removes deadness of conscience and hardness. Is not this word a hammer to soften the heart, and is not this the immortal seed by which we are begotten again? Therefore David, finding his conscience in a dead frame, prayed, “My soul cleaves to the dust; quicken thou me according to thy word.” The word is the first thing by which conscience is purified and set right. John Sheffield
Verse 26-27. Here is David’s earnest desire for the continuance of that intimacy that had been between him and his God; not by visions and voices from heaven, but by the Word and Spirit in an ordinary way: “Teach me thy statutes,” that is, “make me to understand the way of thy precepts.” When he knew God had heard his declaration of his ways, he doth not say, Now, Lord, tell me my lot, and let me know what the event will be; but, Now, Lord, tell me my duty, let me know what thou wouldest have me to do as the case stands. Note, those that in all their ways acknowledge God, may pray in faith that he will direct their steps in the right way. And the surest way of keeping up our communion with God is, by learning his statutes and walking diligently in the way of his precepts. Matthew Henry.
Verse 28. My soul melted for heaviness. He was dissolving away in tears. The solid strength of his constitution was turning to liquid as if molten by the furnace heat of his afflictions. The heaviness of heart is a killing thing, and when it abounds it threatens to turn life into a long death, in which a man seems to drop away in a perpetual drip of grief. Tears are the distillation of the heart; when a man weeps he wastes away his soul.
Verse 28. Strengthen thou me according to unto thy word. What is that word which David pleaded? “As thy days, so shall thy strength be,” Deuteronomy 33:25.
Verse 29. Remove from me the way of lying. This is the way of sin, error, idolatry, folly, self-righteousness, formalism, hypocrisy. David would not only be kept from that way but have it kept from him; he cannot endure to have it near him, he would have it swept away from his sight. He desired to be right and upright, true and in the truth; but he feared that a measure of falsehood would cling to him unless the Lord took it away, and therefore he earnestly cried for its removal.
Hast has hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40: 28-31
Jesus answered and said unto the Samaritan woman if thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, give me to drink; goziechim.com wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art, thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. John 4:10-14.
The significance and importance of wayside opportunities.
Speaking after the ordinary manner this transaction was accidental; apparently unplanned on the part of Christ, unexpected on the part of the woman. We go into transactions which involve our highest good or greatest loss as unexpectedly. The woman was looking for the Messiah, but she little expected to find Him a tired traveller. You expect to find God in Church: do you ever expect to find Him in common events?
The character of a man, his real strength or weakness, appears not in his seizure of momentous events but of ordinary ones–not in martyrdom, but in endurance. Opportunities for serving Christ are offered when truth must be done or spoken, in doing and speaking it not boastfully or independently or impudently, but simply and in love. You meet Christ by the wayside in every duty, great or small, which calls you from the wrong to the right.
Opportunities for religious instruction and worship are not confined to one day, place, or act, but every day, everywhere, and by everything that brings us in contact with God. And as the highest religious truth in nature lies close by the way if we will only pluck it, so in the Bible, the great truths lie on the surface.
There is a contrast between Christ’s present bodily need and his permanent spiritual abundance
“Give me to drink … He would have given thee living water.” The contrasts in the life of Jesus are very striking.
The living water was not mere happiness, but the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life. There is in man a thirst for God which only the Spirit can quench, a thirst for need or a thirst of desire.
Jesus would not have had living water to bestow had He not been in a condition to require the refreshment He asked. It was because He assumed a humanity, tempted in all points like as we are, that He could give the water of life.
There is a contrast here between the narrowness of religious prejudice and the generosity of Christian grace.
To tell a thirsty man that he belongs to another religion! The gift of man is hindered by what should have arrested and inspired it, “the gift of God.” Knows no obstacle but our unfitness.
The desire to bless was strong, constant, and spontaneous in Jesus.
As we possess Christ’s Spirit we shall do likewise. Do we want occasions for doing good?
It is the occasions rather that want us; and the heart filled with Divine love will use occasions as they present themselves, just as water flows through the channels made for it.
In proportion to our likeness to Him will be our generosity. Living water cannot be restrained. Mere beliefs, feelings, customs, may be stagnant ponds, but the power of the Divine Spirit is like running water: its movement keeps it fresh. Love must act to live. Grace gains by giving.
My son, attend unto my wisdom and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. For the lips of a strange woman drop as a honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. Hear me now, therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, and say, how have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
I was almost in all evil amid the congregation and assembly. Drink waters out of thine own cistern and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own and not strangers with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee always; and be thou ravished always with her love.
And why Wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman and embrace the bosom of a stranger? For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings. His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. He shall die without instruction, and in the greatness of his folly, he shall go astray. Proverbs 5: 1-23.
Sin is satanic deception and terribly deceitful. The bible says: But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13. Satan uses all manners of method and devices to attract and deceive people into committing sins’
Sin came as a forbidden fruit to Eve leading to the extermination from the Garden of Eden. 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. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons. Genesis 3: 6-7.
Sin incurs the penalties of death. God gave a forbid to Adam and Eve that they eat not of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That the day that thou eat thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2:17.
Bible talks about death in three ways: Physical death, Spiritual death and the second death. The penalty for sin is the eternal suffering the result of disobeying God.
Spiritual Death: This is separation from God, a broken relationship between man and God. Though Adam and Eve did not die physically, they died spiritually. When they hid from the presence of God, it was because their sin had made them unfit for personal fellowship with Him, sin brings death both spiritual and physical.
Eternal death: This is the eternal separation from God and the cumulative consequence of physical and spiritual death. This is called second death which is an eternal separation into the lake of fire, the eternal doom of the sinner in hell fire. This is the price of sin that will be paid because man chooses to remain separated from God in sin.
It is a statement of fact that whatever we sow by our words thoughts, actions and deeds the same we will reap after death to all eternity.
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: