Philippians 3:1 (NIV) – Finally my brothers, rejoice in the Lord!
It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.”
Sin causes the cup of joy to spring a leak.
Psalm 51:12a (NIV) – Restore to me the joy of your salvation
The problem with “SIN” is that it breaks down the higher life and causes you to live the lower life. – It will result in wandering from the Truth.
The following was written in AD 96 – 1900 years ago:
Revelation 22:10-11 - For the time of fulfilment is near. And when it comes, all doing wrong will do it more the vile. Good men will be better. Those that are holy will continue on in greater holiness. (You have to do something to be more vile and wrong or more holy)
Seven deadly sins; Seven steps to God’s support to victory.
Proverbs 28:13 (NIV) – He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
- Peccato (Italian)
- Péché (French)
- Sünde (German)
No matter what language it came in, it was once a word to be feared.
It was something to be avoided at all costs. It was dreadful and dangerous.
Now, in our so called modern 21st century, it has changed from a rottweiler into a poodle.
Sin has been watered down, domesticated, neutered; means (disarmed). We don’t have sins nowadays. It’s called a problem now.
Problems can get sympathy, but sin needs to be repented of changed and avoided.
When we talk about sin today, people smirk at it and make fun of it.
Describing something sinful as “naughty but nice”.
Mostly done in the spirit of “I know I shouldn’t really, but hey! It will be fun and it won’t harm anybody.”
Given the very power of sin, it’s not surprising the enemy wants to draw the sting out of it and wants to defuse the word and remove its venom.
Sin is not just some harmless shortcoming.
Sin describes a pattern of life that is very destructive.
It destroys families, marriages, friendships, happiness, peace of mind, love, security, but most importantly, our bond with our Creator, God.
Isaiah 59:2 (Ampl) - But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.
- We are talking about “working out your salvation with fear and trembling”.
Jude 17-19 (Ampl) - But you must remember, beloved, the predictions which were made by the apostles (the special messengers) of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). They told you beforehand, In the last days (in the end time) there will be scoffers [who seek to gratify their own unholy desires], following after their own ungodly passions. It is these who are [agitators] setting up distinctions and causing divisions--merely sensual [creatures, carnal, worldly-minded people], devoid of the [Holy] Spirit and destitute of any higher spiritual life.
Pope Gregory the great (AD546-604) was the one that described what he called “Seven deadly sins”. Recognised throughout history for their damning and poisonous effect upon the souls of mankind, they are…
Pride [trots / verwaandheid / hoogmoed]
Envy [afguns / jalousie]
Anger [woede / kwaadheid]
Gluttony [vraat / gulsigheid]
Lust [wellus / begeerte]
Greed [hebsug / begerigheid]
Sloth [luiheid / traagheid]
- PRIDE (Trots – Hoogmoed – Verwaandheid)
An excessive high opinion of oneself; arrogance; egotism; a puffed up, self important attitude shown by somebody who believes, often unjustifiably, that he or she is better than others. (It is far mar impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help)
Proverbs 6:17 (Ampl) - A proud look (the spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimate others).
Proverbs 11:2 (NIV) - When pride comes, then comes disgrace …
Proverbs 16:5 (NIV) - The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this, they will not go unpunished.
Proverbs 16:18 (NIV) - Pride goes before destruction, a haughty [arrogantly / self admiring] spirit before a fall.
- Satan was the master mind of pride. He thought he could be equal with God. Today he still believes, “It’s better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody”.
- How many people are caught in that trap of trying to be something or someone else? It’s the devils’ lie to make you feel and think you’re a nobody and so pridefully you act and talk and do things like somebody else!
Here’s the warning for the SIN of PRIDE:
James 4:6 (LB) - … as scripture says, God gives strength to the humble, but sets Himself against the proud and the haughty.
What’s the answer?:
1 Peter 5:6 (NIV) - Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.
Humility is not thinking less of Yourself but thinking of Yourself Less
– C.S. Lewis
Humility is to make a right estimate of oneself – “Spurgeon”
- Envy[afguns / jaloesie]
The resentful [bitter feelings] or unhappy feeling of wanting somebody else’s success, good fortune, qualities or possessions, jealousy.
The truth about ENVY out of all these SINS, it’s different because it has no pleasure in it whatsoever.
Envy, its appetite never ceases. Yes, it’s only satisfaction is endless self-torment. Henry Fairlie
ENVY is self-harm, self-abuse, it’s something we would never choose, yet when you allow it to take hold of you, it’s hard to shake off.
What’s the answer?
Philippians 4:11-13 (Ampl) - Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].
- With Jesus in our lives, we can be content [tevrede/ vergenoeg]with life. We must know we are loved and forgiven and that we can be content with the person God has made us to be and He is daily shaping in us.
Here’s a striking scripture comparing higher life wisdom with the wisdom of the lower life:
James 3:13-18 (Ampl) - Who is there among you who is wise and intelligent? Then let him by his noble living show forth his [good] works with the [unobtrusive] humility [which is the proper attribute] of true wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry, selfish ambition) in your hearts, do not pride yourselves on it and thus be in defiance of and false to the Truth. This [superficial] wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual (animal), even devilish (demoniacal). For wherever there is jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry and selfish ambition), there will also be confusion (unrest, disharmony, rebellion) and all sorts of evil and vile practices. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity). And the harvest of righteousness (of conformity to God's will in thought and deed) is [the fruit of the seed] sown in peace by those who work for and make peace [in themselves and in others, that peace which means concord, agreement, and harmony between individuals, with undisturbedness, in a peaceful mind free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].
Is their possibly some evidence of PRIDE or ENVY in your life.
Daily we must desire the life Jesus called us to live at any cost and deal with anyt8ing that would cause us to want to wander from the Truth.
Daily we must desire the higher life at any cost and deal with it!