The topic of sin is very broad—simply because there are a host of sins—and truly whenever many hear it preached, they think about the quintessential “bad boy or girl” who sins greatly. Most often, people who engage in freshly professions like prostitution and so forth come to mind as well. The topic of sin, however, applies to us all. We all have personal struggles and that’s why Jesus died for us—not for a given group of people but all humanity.
A while back during a bible study with a friend, I came across a verse in Jeremiah that amazed me.
O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee? (Jeremiah 4:14)
What I took from this verse was that, many a times we wilfully harbour sins in our hearts and accept that it’s in our nature to sin. We also expect God to understand us and are never remorseful after indulging in these sins. Fornication—in all of its forms—is a perfect example. We sometimes feel that we can indulge in lust a little bit and still go to church and pray in tongues without consequences because God must understand that we are burning within. We feel we can get away with our sins by being lukewarm, but as Jesus said in Revelation 3:16, “…I will spit you out.”
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth (Revelation 3:15-16).
This all became very clear to me one night when I woke up panicking after a creepy encounter. God was angry! What happened next within me, was a deep fear of sin—I feared God will strike me dead should I anger Him in anyway. Days later however, He revealed something totally different, a statement that went like this: if you truly love God like you love your wife or spouse—and you should love God more by the way—you will do all you can to please Him. A man in love with a woman is quick to please her and can go greats lengths only to see her smile. But would He do that for God?
Many times we just assume that God should understand our fleshly desires and let us be. But it doesn’t work that way. We can’t be in a relationship with someone and expect them to be okay when we do things to hurt them right in their face. Picture this: you are happily married to the person of your dreams; and there is this person who has been trying to seduce you at the work place. One day out of the blue this person walks into your home and decides to make out with you in the presence of your spouse. And you—after urges from your spouse not to hurt her/ him, indulge with this stranger. How do you think your spouse will take it? One thing for sure is that your spouse will be disgusted, disappointed and hurt, not forgetting mad at the other person. This, however, as it was revealed to me, is how we treat God many times. Even though we know that He is with us at all times, we still “make out” with the devil through the sins we commit in private forgetting that God is right next to us watching.
Every single day, temptations come in many shapes and forms through the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life ( See 1 John 2:15-17), but as God said, He always provides a way of escape.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13).
The question is, if He does, why then do we keep falling into sin. The answer is simple: our desire to gain fleshy pleasure is greater than our desire to please God. Everybody gets tempted, but the only way God can truly help you, is when you desire not to see Him hurt or angry. He says He will provide a way of escape, but truthfully if your desire to sin (to indulge in the flesh) is greater, you will continually ignore all the ways of escape and go right ahead to sin against Him.