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Summary: This sermon deals with our tendency to hold on to things that are sinful.

Glued To Sin

1 Thessalonians 5:14-22

[14] Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.

[15] See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

[16] Rejoice always,

[17] pray without ceasing,

[18] in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

[19] Do not quench the Spirit.

[20] Do not despise prophecies.

[21] Test all things; hold fast what is good.

[22] Abstain from every form of evil.

Look again at Verse 21: Test all things; hold fast what is good.

The question is: Are we doing that?

Do we as Verse 15 says, always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

Do we as Verse 22 suggests, Abstain from every form of evil.

I’m going to tell you a story about Diego Palacios.

Diego had a wonderful Christmas vacation.

This 10-year-old boy did NOT want it to end.

Diego Palacios decided to do everything in his power

to make sure his Christmas would keep on going.

The Monday after Christmas,

Diego got a bottle of industrial glue.

He smeared it on his right hand and glued himself to his bedpost.

Diego's mother found him when she woke up.

He was watching the television with his hand glued to the bed.

Diego did a very, very bad thing.

However, Diego is like most people.

We don't want what is best for us or what is right for us.

Instead, we cling to that which we shouldn't.

We sin.

Because we are glued to our wrongdoing

God sent His Son into this world

to free us from the bondage of our sins.

By the blood of Jesus we are forgiven of our sins

and released from the destiny that once awaited us.

I heard someone say,

"It doesn't matter what you believe

because we're all going the same place in the end anyway."

Folks - that is a lie.

It DOES matter what you believe.

It does matter what you hold onto.

Suppose I got in a boat and went out on a lake.

I take 2 items with me - a rock and a life jacket.

Then I take one of those items into my hands

and jump into the lake.

Which item do you think will save my life?

What you hold onto is important.

What you believe can change your life.

What you believe can save your life. The Bible says:

John 1:12 says, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

Folks - look for the Truth - examine everything!

Once you have found it - hold on and don't let go.

Point #1. Hold on to what is good.

[21] Test all things; hold fast what is good.

Stay away from EVIL

Verse 22 Abstain from every form of evil

If you truly want to please God,

you will stay away from things that are evil.

God is holy.

God hates that which is evil.

God hates that which is wicked.

God hates that which is sinful.

That is why we should stay away from evil things and people.

God's people act godly.

They seek to follow God with godly behavior.

They seek to develop holy habits.

Listen to Psalm 1:1-6.

[1]Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

[2] But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.

[3] He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

[4] The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

[5] Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

[6] For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

God has called us to be a holy people!

Holy people develop holy habits.

What are you going to do with this week?

When you leave from here and the world confronts you

what are you going to do?

God tells us to: Rejoice always.

Joy is not dependent upon circumstances.

Unlike happiness - which is depending on what is happening –

joy is a chosen state of being.

We can choose to be joyful.

A holy people are a joyful people.

Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit.

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