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The Deceitfulness of Sin
The other day I came across a blog on the Gospel Coalition site and I thought it was a good reminder for us.
The Eight Steps of Sin – Sin nibbles at our soul in small steps was written in a sermon by John Witherspoon (Hebrews 3:13)
1. Men enter and initiate themselves in a vicious practice of small sins.
2. Having once begun in the ways of sin, he ventures upon something great and more daring; his courage grows with his experience; and he gives himself more liberty to walk in the ways of his own heart, and the sight of his own eyes.
3. Open sins soon throw a man into the hands of ungodly companions.
4. In the next stage, the sinner begins to feel the force of habit.
5. The next stage in a sinner’s course is to lose the sense of shame; and sin openly and boldly.
6. Another stage in the sinner’s progress is to harden himself so far, as to sin without remorse of conscience.
7. Improved sinners often come to boast and glory of their wickedness. It is something to be above shame; but it is more still to glory in wickedness and esteem it honorable.
8. Not to be content with being wicked themselves, but to use all their art and influence to make others so too. This is to be zealous in sinning, and industriously to promote the interest of the infernal cause. How often do we find those who have no fear of God before their own eyes, use their utmost endeavors to extinguish it before others, to laugh down qualms of their consciences, and break any reluctance they may seem to have at running to same excess of riot within themselves?
Dr. John Maxwell said it this way: “Sin will always take you further than you want to go; sin will always keep you longer than you want to stay; sin will always cost you more than you are willing to pay!”
This is a great reminder for us, brothers. Is there an area of your life that identifies with one of the steps outlined above? Then I suggest you fall to your knees and apply 1 John 1:9. – Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick
Think About This: To hold on to the plough while wiping our tears – this is Christianity.Watchman Nee
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Oh, what joy for those who disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! Psalm 32:1-2