January 9, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 6

What is the magnitude of our sin? Many of us have never asked this question. It has been my experience as a counselor that many of us do not think of our short comings as sin. Sin is often thought of as mistakes or traps that we don’t mean to do and aren’t that big of a deal. We soften the blow by comparing our sin to those around us and finding someone else who is “worse.” All the more perpetuating the lie that we are the victim that cannot help our mistakes and God will understand. Please know that my heart is not to condemn but to bring freedom in your life when I tell you God does not understand my sin or your sin and you and I are not victims we are perpetrators.

Our passage today demonstrates the heart of God toward sin. He hates sin so much that He destroyed the entire earth in order to get rid of sin. God does not overlook our sin he deals with it. Until you and I look at our sin with sober eyes and take responsibility we will never experience grace. God dealt with sin through the flood and the people paid for it with their own blood but God also demonstrated grace and mercy through a righteous man Noah. God spared his family and restarted the human race through him because of one characteristic of Noah: he walked with God. Noah was guilty of sin too but he was spared because he knew God.

This account is a picture of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you want to be free from sin then you repent with Godly sorrow (you are sorrowful because you sinned against God) and turn away from your sin and your pride. Then you turn and put on the righteousness of Christ through confessing and believing that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9-10). This means that you treasure him above all else (Matthew 13:44) and you ask him to be your lord and savior (Romans 10:13). God dealt with our sin through the blood of Jesus Christ and it is only through a relationship with him that you will experience the grace and freedom that comes with knowing God (Galatians 5:1).

How do you view sin?

Do you know the freedom that comes with knowing Christ or do you still feel like a slave?

By: Chad Wiles

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

7 thoughts on “January 9, 2016”

  1. Wonderful post Chad. We have to recognize that sin is a choice that we make, otherwise we’ll never see it as something in our life that we can choose not to do and turn from it (repentance). Thanks for a great week in Jumpstart.

  2. This is so good Chad! In order to “break free” from the bondage that enslaves, we must also ask God to examine our heart of those sins for which we sometimes have a blind spot. I have learned so much in asking God to show me my sin if I am not paying attention. Another thought, but often overlooked….we must “turn” from sin…..but in turning “from”, I must also look “to” Jesus….keep my eyes fixed on him….not on my circumstances, situation, or people around me. “Keeping my eyes FIXED on Jesus” for extended periods of time is the challenge. Though that is my desire, the world clouds all that is around me. Praise God for his word and direct access to him that allows us to truly walk with him daily. Oh, to be a Noah…….

  3. Powerful Chad! “God does not overlook our sin he deals with it”. “Until you and I look at our sin with sober eyes and take responsibility we will never experience grace.”. Thanks Chad!

  4. This is good, Chad! Sin is a choice we make, and it is always serious. All sins are equal in God’s eyes, and therefore we can’t play the comparison game. We also have a choice of how to deal with sin, which reminds me of the quote: “We can pay for our own sin through eternal punishment, or we can let Jesus pay for our sin on the cross”. Personally, I’d rather take responsibility and hand It over to Jesus!

  5. Wonderful walk in the Word!

    Matthew Henry said: The more sinners the more sin; and the multitude of offenders emboldens men. Infectious diseases are most destructive in populous cities; and sin is a spreading leprosy. Prov. 29:16, “When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases.”

    Note in v.18 and following…

    (1.) When God makes a covenant, he establishes it, he makes it sure, he makes it good; his are everlasting covenants.

    (2.) The covenant of grace has in it the recompence of singular services, and the fountain and foundation of all distinguishing favours; we need desire no more, either to make up our losses for God or to make up a happiness for us in God, than to have his covenant established with us.

    Lord bless the Jumpstart community!

    Many thanks to you for your example.

  6. Awesome message today, Chad!! I re-read that first paragraph several times. You packed so much truth in that little paragraph…and that truth packed a punch this evening. Thank you for Jumpstart!!

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