Summary: This Sermon gives us reasons why not to sin
TWENTY REASONS NOT TO SIN Part 3
Coming Clean Part 4
Pastor Jeff Seaman
Prov. 6:20-23 “My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you, when you awake, they will speak to you. For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the correction of discipline are the way of life.”
Prov. 6:27-28 “Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?”
1. Sin does not satisfy.
Heb.11:25 “He chose to be mistreated alone with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.”
2. Sin leads to more sin.
Prov. 5:22 “The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.”
Eccles. 5:10 “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.”
3. Sin leads to worse sin.
Prov. 16:2 “All a man’s way seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord.”
4. Sin enslaves.
2 Peter 2:19 “For a man is a slave to whatever has controls him.”
5. Sin Degrades and humiliates.
Satan loves to degrade us, but Jesus loves to
Ps. 103:2-3 “Praise the Lord, o my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.”
6. Sin steals joy.
Prov. 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Prov. 18:14 “A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?”
7. Sin steals our confidence before God.
1Jn. 2:28 “And now, dear children, continue in Him, so that when He appears we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming.”
8. The wages of sin is death.
Gal. 6:7-8 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
9. God will punish sinners-in this world and the world to come.
10. Sin hurts the Lord.
11. Sin hurts the sinner
12. Sin hurts the sinner’s family and friend.
13. Sin brings reproach-to the sinner, to church, the name of the Lord.
Do you ever talk to yourself about life? Do you ever exhort yourself, rebuke yourself, encourage yourself, or give yourself a pep talk. When you’re exercising, do you urge yourself on?
You should do the same kind of thing when it comes to sin. Have a down-to-earth, no nonsense talk with your soul when the tempter comes knocking at your door. Tell yourself, “It’s not worth it!
Talking to yourself in this way is actually scriptural and it works. Quote the Word. Rebuke the enemy. Confess with your mouth who you really are through the Cross. The Holy Spirit lives in you! You’re not some flesh-driven slave, a captive to lust and uncleanness. You died to the ways of the world. Now you live for God. Give yourself a good reason not to sin.
You can also utilize some of the truths you have learned in the last two weeks. Refresh your mind with them.
And since we know we’re in a daily battle, let’s arm ourselves with all the ammunition we can to help us submit to Good and say no to the flesh, the devil, and the world. Here are a few more reasons not to sin.
14. SIN MAKES LIGHT OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS.
When you give in to sin, you willfully engage in the very thing that cost Jesus His life.
1Pet. 1:17-19 “Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”
Do you feel the impact of Peter’s words?
What if you were guilty of extortion and the judge handed down the sentence: Twenty years in prison or five years probation and a one-million-dollar payment to those from whom you extorted. You don’t have a penny to your name, having squandered all the money you stole through your schemes.
Yet your elderly parents, who have been carefully putting away money all their lives and who own a beautiful estate, sell their home and their property, cash in all their retirement funds, and pay the million-dollar fine, setting you free. That would be an incredible demonstration of love, and it would be the height of ingratitude-actually, it would be totally shocking-if be totally shocking-if you turned around and went back to your sinful ways, violating your parole and breaking the law again. What a betrayal of your parents!