August 30, 2011

Today you should read: Romans 1:18-32

Today’s passage is a rich one! It teaches us some significant truth and challenges us to our core.

As you read these verses, you see a four-step process away from God… a process that always ends in destruction.

STEP ONE: Suppress (v.18-20)

This process begins when we begin to suppress the truth we know –- truth about God, truth about ourselves, and truth about sin. This produces wickedness in us. God has made truth obvious to all mankind, even those who don’t yet know Jesus are without excuse. Even the man on the island knows innately there is a God.

STEP TWO: Deny (v.21-23)

The next step is an easy progression away from God: we begin to deny. They know there is a God (v.20), but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks (v.21) They begin to think up foolish ideas of what God is like. In other words, they create their own God! They claim to be wise but instead they worship themselves and their own made-up God rather than the true God. This hits close to home! How do we do this? How do we worship our version of God instead of God as He really is? How do we dress Him up in our made-up clothes? By doing so, we deny Him.

STEP THREE: Abandon (v.24-27)

The next step is an obvious one: after we SUPPRESS truth and begin in subtle ways to DENY God, we ABANDON Him. This is where things go south in a hurry! Sin is produced and we do unmentionable things, things we NEVER thought we were capable of. But, because sin is fun and addictive, we continue in them moving further and further from God. One time – becomes two – becomes ten – becomes…

STEP FOUR: Reap (v.28-32)

And that brings us to the horrible part of the process – the reaping. For many of us, that’s when we really see this process in others, but it’s been active for a while. God gives us many opportunities to get out before this.

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

By now sin has a real bite and verses 29-31 starts to be your song…

This sounds a lot like what James describes as the process Temptation takes in James 1:13-15:

THINK a THOUGHT -> COMMIT the SIN -> SIN becomes a HABIT -> ENDS in DESTRUCTION

Time for evaluation…

Where are you in the process? Will you to let sin have your heart or are you willing to repent right where you are and give your heart back to God? If you do, get accountability… you can’t do it alone. Count on my prayers and let me know how I can help.

Posted by: Tim Parsons

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

8 thoughts on “August 30, 2011”

  1. I cannot do it alone, as a matter of fact, doing it alone is when I most often fail. Chuck Swindoll has a great word of warning. “Acknowledge your weakness, guard your leisure.” We tend to stray the most when we are at our leisure and alone, at least I know I do. I’m so grateful for my accountability friends. They are so encouraging and do a great job calling me to the carpet. Thank you N, A, S, and K.

  2. Accountability has been a blessing to me especially over the past few weeks. I love knowing I have several people to turn to and can help and encorage me with God’s word. So very thankful for you TP and all of CPC! Have a great day!!!

  3. I think about how easy it can be to allow sin in your life and how quickly it can destroy us. We must fight against the darkness at all costs, even if that means death. We must equip ourselves with “The Armor of God” (Ephesians 6) and be prepared for battle every day, every minute.

  4. My personal computer got a virus and it hid all my programs and the screen went black. It made me think that sin is like a computer virus, our sin infects us and messes with our mind, thoughts and actions and leads us to darkness. Praise God that we do not have to stay there because of Christ death on the cross!!!! I am thanful that I have Jesus to go to and that he has given me people that I can turn to for rebuking as well as encourgement. I pray today that He would check my heart to see if there is any unconfess sin. Thank you CPC staff for the time and love that you pour into us!!!!

  5. Thanks Tim. That’s a good thought. I’m always struck by the way that we choose destructive habits knowing that they will destroy us when Jesus promises us life. I like Romans for the way that it makes the issues of life and death pointed. Looking forward to following along.

  6. OK-I must know God, glorify God, and give Him thanks! The results of not doing so are horrific: being “given over” to sinful desires, shameful lusts, and a depraved mind. I like the point you made regarding how we SEE the reaping stage in others and wonder “how did that happen?” It’s a “slow fade”. Great study and wake-up call to repent!

  7. This reminds me of the Casting Crowns song “Slow Fade”. How true it is that we allow ourselves to be compromised by the ways of a sin controlled world. Like Tim said it’s not the first time, maybe not even the fifth time but allowing what ever sin to creep into your heart causes us to go into that slow fade. “Above all else, GUARD your heart, for it is the well spring of life.” Proverbs 4:23

    Church we need to hold each other accountable. Look out for each other. And when we are “called out” know that it’s a brother or sister that God sent to warn you of the impending slow fade. God put us together to look after and live life together. Blessings church

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