The Sting of Sin

 

Bee’s sting.

That’s just what bee’s do.

They sting.

It’s a fact. Proven. Time and again.

If we steer clear of them, we won’t get stung. 

A wise person does just that. He sees a bee, he calls it a bee and he will avoid the bee.

If he doesn’t, and he thinks he can touch the bee, he will get stung. 

Getting stung hurts. There is pain involved. Sometimes even death.

It works the same way with sin.

1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin.

This word “sting” [The Greek is kentron] is the same word used by Jesus when he spoke to Saul:

Acts 9:5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads [kentron].”

Saul was going his own way. He was doing his own thing. 

Maybe that is you today. You are on a difficult road. It will not end well. Sin hurts. It is painful. 

You will get stung.

I know. I have gone my own way many times. It never ended well.

Sometimes I even thought, I will just do it this one time. Or this is no big deal. It’s not as bad as what “they’re” doing. 

Proverbs 6:27 Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?

You will get burned.

It is best to avoid it altogether. If you happen to be in the midst of it, run in the other direction. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 

God is faithful. Walk away from it. He has so much better for you. 

 


Forgiven

 
Psalm 32:1 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! 
 

This girl seems to be singing with all her heart!

Really belting it out.

Her joy is contagious. 

It wasn’t always like that. Not very long ago she was buried in darkness. 

Just a dead seed.

The weight of the world upon her.

David felt that weight. 

Psalm 32:3-4 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

Carrying around guilt and shame wears a girl out. 

Psalm 32:5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the L

ORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

David is expressing his great joy that his sin is forgiven. 

David acknowledges it. He confesses it. He is forgiven. 

That’s the heart of salvation. Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sin. All our sin. Past. Present. Future. If we confess it and ask for forgiveness, He will forgive us. There is nothing He will not forgive us for. His blood is enough for all our sin. We do not need to feel guilt or shame any longer. 

We can live in freedom. 

Psalm 32:7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.

The enemy wants us to doubt. The Lord will shelter us from his lying assaults. 

He loves you so very much. He knows what is weighing heavy upon your soul. If there is any unconfessed sin in your life, be transparent with Him. Ask for forgiveness. He died to pay the penalty for that sin. He loves you that much. He gave His life for you, personally. He didn’t stay dead. He rose from the dead. That is the power of the good news. If you believe in Him, you will live forever in heaven with Him. Ask Him to come into your heart and make you a new creation. 

Psalm 32:10-11 Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD. So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

 

David is certain of his salvation. He is rejoicing. You can have that certainty too. Heaven is real.

Revelation 21:4,5 “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

That is cause for celebration! 

You are precious. God loves you. Personally. If you want a new start, stop carrying that weight. 

Ask for forgiveness. Turn from your sin. That is how God will know you’re serious. Ask Him to come into your heart and help you live for Him. 

Now you can join this girl in her song!



Surrounded? Overwhelmed?

 
Surrounded. Overwhelmed. Underdog. No way out. Never gonna happen. Out numbered. I’m sure this is how David felt. Maybe you feel that way today. 
 
Psalm 27:3,5 Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident…For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
 

He will hide me. Conceal me and keep me out of reach of the enemy. Keep me inaccessible. Especially to guard and defend. 

It doesn’t necessarily mean my circumstances change.

My thought life changes. 

Is this an hour of distress? Seek His Presence. If earnestly sought, it will not be denied. ~Charles Spurgeon

Me and my God, together, we got this. 

No one and nothing has ever defeated Him. Not even death. He overcame death. The resurrection is true. He rose from the dead. He is not still dead and inactive. He is working in the midst of me and this situation. 

Psalm 27:9 …You have always been my helper.

Jesus Christ is our faithful friend. To. The. End. He has never wavered. He continues to be with us. Remaining loyal and constant. Even when everyone else abandons, quits and moves on. He’ll never desert us.

Psalm 27:6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD
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This word ‘joy’ in Hebrew can mean ‘blast of war’ or ‘battle cry’. In our singing and exulting, we can sound the alarm for war. We are at war. The enemy has taken some prisoners. Husbands, children, and loved ones. We can rise up in the face of a great enemy. Declare to the enemy we will not back down. We will fight. And we will get the victory.

Acts 12:5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. 

It was that constant prayer that won Peter his freedom. Let’s sound the alarm. We won’t back down. Let’s call upon the Lord. He will go to battle for us. He is much stronger, mightier and more powerful than anything we could ever do and say. 

Psalm 27:13-14 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the L

ORD n the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!




 

 

 

 

 

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