Summary: Sin has many dangerous consequences and we must get it out of our life.
"WHY YOU NEED SIN OUT OF YOUR LIFE"
There are few that would argue that we need to get sin out of our life.
Most disagreement would come about WHY and HOW.
I want to deal with both of these today.
Some would say because:
I want to go to heaven
I want my prayers answered
I want to please God
I want to grow in grace
All of those are great reasons
Let me give you some others:
1. Because it poisons the environment of your life.
"There met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit..."
Look at this man's surroundings: alone…death
people feared to come there
He lived in the tombs
tombs were caves
This man could not go to town, had no place to stay so he moved the stone and stayed in the tombs stench decay unsanitary
Not a great environment for a person.
What caused these surroundings to be so terrible?
This man had probably once dwelt with others, in town, a family once had a job once had a house
But all of that was lost... over time... as these demons possessed him.
As you say yes to sin and the demons of passion and greed, and vice; you start to notice that your surrounding are poisoned
2. Because you cannot control it.
Yes, yes, yes... so many times he had said yes to the demons that now they were in control of his life.
"No man could bind him, even with chains. "
His heart, his desires, his actions, his words were out of control
He could not get control over them
He did things not because he thought they were best, but because he was a slave
Satan is like a strong and well-schooled American gladiator...
they play tug-o-war on pedestals
The American Gladiator is strong and gives a big jerk to get the contest and off-balance
As the contestant nears the edge he lets loose and re-grabs
The Gladiator immediately takes up the slack
Over and over
Soon the contestant is out of rope and ground and is pulled down
Inch by inch he had surrendered control of the rope and the enemy had taken control
Every time we say YES to sin and temptation we are surrendering, grabbing back
The more it happens, the more we lose
Eventually he has control and we are just barely hanging on, on the brink of a fall
This man could not control the sin, the temptation, the passion.
Why? Is sin stronger? NO... NO!!!!!
But, we have surrendered too much to the enemy
He is sitting on his haunches, feet dug in, rope wrapped around his arms, plenty of ground
We are teetering on the edge, holding on by thread, on the balls of feet
It doesn't have to be stronger, it has control.
Every “Yes” is a loss of control, a weakening of your control.
You don't see it that way, you love what you are doing, don't see any reason to resist
it is fun, you enjoy it
But you are losing, surrendering control
Soon the enemy will have you and will deliver the death blow.
3. Because it separates you from God.
Hear just how separated, how alienated from God he was... " What have I to do with thee, Jesus? "
He was saying, "Jesus, I don't want anything to do with you."
That is the way it is for lost people, people who are caught up in their sin... they don't want anything to do with Spiritual things