Sin Has Consequences

“That which is has already been, and what is to be has already been; and God requires an account of what is past” (Ecclesiastes 3:15).

I feel like, in many churches, more emphasis is placed on God’s forgiveness as opposed to His holiness. I am so grateful for God’s mercy and forgiveness, but there are often still consequences to the fleshly decisions that we make. This is one reason that it is important to walk in the Spirit so that you do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

I don’t believe that God causes bad things to happen to His people but He does allow them, and sometimes it’s to remind us that sin has a price. Like most parents, He doesn’t give children instructions to be mean; He can see what the ravages of sin looks like, and He desires to spare us those things. He didn’t tell Adam and Eve not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil because He didn’t want them to taste something good; He saw the destruction and devastation that would cause, and we are still reaping the effects of that today.

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As you look at your life and see the various sins and struggles you deal with, think about the effect those sins have on others. Even if no one knows what sin(s) you struggle with, everything is naked and open to God (Hebrews 4:13) and, if you are His child, and it will not be hidden forever.

If I end up writing more about this this year, it’s because I believe it is the message of 2017. Each year brings us closer to Christ’s return. We can’t afford to ignore His call to stop what we are doing, lay down the sins that so easily beset us, and follow Him. We must encourage others to do that as well but our words will have no bearing if we are not living that self-denying life.

I am writing to myself as well. The year is still young. I want to be faithful to allow God to show me my heart and the things which displease Him and trust that, at the end of this year, I will be closer to Him than ever before as I allow Him to rid me of myself and fill me with more of His love, peace, joy, patience, gentleness, self-control, and every other attribute that reflects Him.

I dealt with some physical challenges last year, and this year is starting out rough but, if I can do nothing else, I pray for God’s help to use the down times to listen to Him, hear what He would speak, and share those words with you.

5 thoughts on “Sin Has Consequences

  1. We must be careful to define “good” and “bad” as God sees them and not as we are inclined. The bad things that happened to OT Joseph were determined by God to insure His plan to save many people, grow in numbers, leave Egypt with their riches, and on until the promised seed appeared. Joseph’s brothers meant their deeds for evil; God meant them for good.

    He will bring things into our lives that we might think are bad, but our Father is ever working to conform us to His son and that is not always pleasant. He chastises His children and not all chastisement seems pleasant in the moment, But let it have its full work and one day we will agree with our Lord that what we thought was bad, He brought into our lives for good!

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  2. That is a perfect segue to a move in view of a call to NW Penna. Manfred. Shall O begin the parsonage search? 🙂

    …Or did Joseph choose his future based upon his (corrupted) free will?

    56 degrees here this morning. That is Ebeneezer raising tee shirt weather!

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  3. 48 for high today in the hill country of SE Oklahoma, after a high yesterday of 78! Mid-60s by the weekend. Thinking about trying to interest people in a Bible study in our house. Pray for the Lord to stir up His people.

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  4. Cause or allow the same results remain. I saw a man drowning. I was not the cause. I intervened thereby I disallowed his death, then. I could have done nothing and allowed him to drown. For me that would have been a sin.
    Until glory we must trust , Rom. 8:28, for the why’s of the trials of life in a fallen world.
    Sin has consequences. Doing good has consequences both good and bad. John the Baptist did good, Matt. 11:11, look at the consequences.

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  5. T.I., I am afraid that part of the problem is the perspective one has. If we always look at the bad in regards to death or trials as something horrendous, then it is because we have focused on the earthly realm instead of the eternal. The life is merely the shadowlands preparing us for that which is forever. As Paul said, “For me to live is Christ, but to die is gain!” Struggles are to remind us that we do live in a fallen world and that full redemption from this life is coming.

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