Sunday, November 24, 2013

"We can't afford to add to our sins and guilt."

II Chron. 28:13  “You must not bring the prisoners here!” they declared.  “We cannot afford to add to our sins and guilt.  Our guilt is already great, and the LORD’s fierce anger is already turned against Israel.

God had punished Judah because they had forsaken Him and embraced many false gods.  He allowed the army of Israel to go into war with them and soundly defeat them.  The army of Israel took 200,000 captives and brought them back to Israel.  A prophet of God, Obed, met them when they returned and chastised them for the way they treated the people of Judah.  Some of the leaders in Israel agreed with Obed and issued today’s decree.

“We cannot afford to add to our sins and guilt.”  Oh, but that everyone would have this same sense of awareness!  We should realize just how dangerous it is to keep on piling on sin and guilt in our souls.  God judges the sins of the heart.  He will not ignore the sin He finds there.  Instead of keeping on sinning, we need to fall on bended knees before Him and repent of the sins we have.  We need to change our ways and the ways of our thinking.  We need to have the same sense of repulsion and horror regarding sin that our Lord has. 

Instead of being okay with sin, we must take a stand against it.  Instead of listening to the lies of Satan that leads us into sin, we must listen to God who leads us away from it. 

Listen to what God says!  His fierce anger is against those who allow sin to reside in their hearts and rule them.  Don’t entertain sin in your heart.  Resist Satan when he tries to entice you to sin.  Take charge of your soul and determine in your heart you will not sin against God.

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