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Summary: Sin is nothing to play with. It has the strength to defeat you if you get too close to it with excessive confidence in your own strength.

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Sin

John 8:34

Sin is more than wrong doing; it is wrong being,

Sin is nothing to play with. It has the strength to defeat you if you get too close to it with excessive confidence in your own strength.

A well-to-do man advertised for a chauffeur. Three applicants came. His first question was, "How close to the edge of a cliff can you drive without going over?" One man said, "A yard." Another said, "A foot." The third said, "I always try to keep as far away as possible." The third man got the job. He who underestimates the strength of an enemy is in danger of defeat.

John 8:34 KJV

34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

Heb 12:1 KJV

12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Sin is a riddle, a mystery, a reality that eludes total & complete definition and comprehension.

Perhaps we most often think of sin

1. As wrongdoing or transgression of God¡¦s law.

2. Sin includes a failure to do what is right.

3. But sin also offends people; it is violence and lovelessness toward other people

4. Sin ultimately is a rebellion against God.

5. Further, the Bible teaches that sin involves a condition in which the heart is corrupted and inclined toward evil.

Sin has four characteristics:

1. self-sufficiency instead of faith;

2. self-will instead of submission;

3. self-seeking instead of benevolence;

4. self-righteousness instead of humility.

The essence of sin is our claim to be ourselves.

Sin is sin no matter what people call it.

Abraham Lincoln once asked a deputation, "How many legs would a sheep have if it called his tail a leg?" The deputation promptly answered, "five." "No," said Lincoln, "it would not. It would have only four. Calling a tail a leg doesn¡¦t make it one."

Mans and God¡¦s difference over sin

Man calls sin an accident; God calls it an abomination.

Man calls sin a blunder; God calls it blindness.

Man calls sin a chance; God call it a choice.

Man calls sin a defect; God calls it a disease.

Man calls sin an error; God calls it enmity.

Man calls sin fascination; God calls it fatality.

Man calls sin infirmity; God calls it fatality.

Man calls sin infirmity; God calls it iniquity.

Man calls sin luxury; God calls it lawlessness.

Man calls sin a trifle; God calls it tragedy.

Man calls sin a mistake; God calls it madness.

Man calls sin a weakness; God calls it willfulness.

Nip sin in the bud! Otherwise, it will grow! "Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of Me; and that cover with a covering, but not of My Spirit that they may add sin to sin" (Is. 30:1).

Sin is deceitful (Heb. 3:13). Sin¡¦s progression is one of its characteristics it seeks to conceal.

The "blessed man" of Psalm 1

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.


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