Friday, 1 February 2008

50 reasons not to sin

(It has occurred to me that I often try to fight sin with 'sniper attacks' and 'special force incursions', rather than with a full frontal, total military assault. I try to apply a few truths here and there but I don't get hold of the whole range of what the Bible gives me. This list is an attempt to correct that...)

1. It cost Jesus the cross
(1 Pet 3:24)

2. I make myself guilty before God (Ps 32:3-5)

3. The promises of sin are deceitful (Heb 3:13)

4. I am the temple of God’s presence (1 Cor:19)

5. God’s wrath and judgement is coming against sin (Rom 1:18)

6. Christ and righteousness are more satisfying (Ps 16:11, Prov 10:28)

7. Sin enslaves me in habits and patterns (Jn 8:34)

8. It brings me death (Rom 6:23)

9. I am destined for a future life and a world free from sin (Rev 21:27)

10. My God hates sin (Jer 44:4)

11. The death of Jesus has delivered me from the power of sin (Rom 6:6)

12. It wrecks my character (1 Sam 15:16-26)

13. It 'ruins' God's reputation (Ezek 36:22)

14. It ruins the reputation of the church (1 Cor 5:1-2)

15. It ruins my reputation (1 Tim 5:24-25)

16. God is an impartial Judge and will not 'let me off' (1 Pet 1:17)

17. I have been raised in Christ to live for God (Rom 6:8-10)

18. Sin messes up God’s world (Gen 3:17-19)

19. My sin grieves the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30)

20. It turns me into a fool and makes me ignorant (Rom 1:21)

21. I become like an animal ("brute beast") (Luk 15:15-16)

22. Sin hardens my heart even more to God (Ehp 4:18)

23. My heart has been 'circumcised' by Christ and the sinful nature done away with (Col 211)

24. Sin wages a war for my personal destruction (Eph 6:12)

25. I lose self-control and become filled with cravings (Eph 2:3)

26. I belong to Christ (1 Cor 6:20)

27. I break the whole law of God with one sin (James 2:10)

28. Sin implies a rejection of Jesus as my Saviour from sin (1 Pet 2:24)

29. It gives the devil a foothold (Eph 4:27)

30. My conscience loses its sensitivity (Rom 1:28-31)

31. It is better to have a crippling disability than to sin (Matt 5:29-30)

32. The LORD is a holy God (1 Pet 1:16)

32. Sin leaves me without an inheritance in the kingdom of God (Gal 5:21)

33. It is out of place for God’s holy people (Eph 5:3)

34. Sin is shameful (Eph 5:12)

35. God is present everywhere and every action, word and motive is laid bare before Him (Ps 139:1-10)

36. Sin breaks relationships and destroys community (2 Sam 11-12)

37. I am no longer under Law but living by power of the Spirit (Rom 7:4)

38. I have offered myself to God as His servant (Rom 6:16)

39. Sin excludes me from God’s presence (Exod 19:21, 23)

40. Where sin has increased, grace has increased all the more (Rom 5:20)

41. I have put on a new self and am a new creation (2 Cor 5:17, Col 3:10)

42. Sin destroys any ministry I have (2 Tim 3:2-5)

43. Jesus is coming back (1 Thess 5:4-6)

44. Sin leads to more sin (Gen 4:7)

45. God’s grace teaches me to say no to sin (Titus 2:12)

46. If I keep on deliberately sinning, no sacrifice for sin is left (Heb 10:26)

47. Sin will lead to the Lord’s discipline (Prov 3:11-12)

48. Sin is the result of idolatry and spiritual adultery (Rom 1:25, James 4:4)

49. It destroys my joy and peace, and disturbs my conscience (Ps 51:8, 12)

50. My life will self-destruct
(Prov 5:22, 11:25)