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Examine Your Sin Examine Your Sin


6/27/05  Examine Your Sin
"Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you."
Philippians 3:15
Let's review what it takes to be holy.  As you may already know there is a study here at the Clarion about holiness.   It is something that we need to face and choose every single day.

What was the last thing you did that was something God didn't want you to do?  Was it something you said?  Was it not necessarily what you said but how you said it?  Was it a look you gave someone?  Was it something you didn't say that you should have said?

If you can't remember the last thing you did then, in order to apply this study to your life, pay attention to the next time you do something that isn't in God's will.

Once you have something in mind then ask yourself, "Why did I do (or not do) it?"  Examine your motives.  Ws it pride?  Was it fear of rejection?  Was it because of your wanting to punish someone?

Examine the reasons that you sin.  Remember, anything and everything you do that was not something God wanted you to do is sin.  As our verse says, God will show you those things.

It is possible to stop sinning!  In order to be fully effective in the Kingdom of God it is important to be walking in God's will all the time.  It is important to be listening to Him to find out what you are to be saying and doing and HOW you are to be saying or doing it every moment of every day.

If you say it is impossible to not sin you are not being truthful with yourself.  The truth of the matter is that you want to sin.  You are probably getting some kind of satisfaction out of it.

I make decisions that are not mine to make.  I find myself deciding who needs to be rebuked instead of waiting to see if God wants someone to be rebuked.  The things that I do most often are I speak when I shouldn't and I use sarcasm when I shouldn't.

Have you ever noticed that it is harder to resist the temptation of sin when your relationship with God isn't what it should be?  When I skip my morning devotionals then the wrong things slip out of my mouth very easily.  When I don't spend time with God then He isn't my main focus.  I don't allow Him to be in the forefront of my mind.  Pleasing Him becomes less of a priority and pleasing myself becomes a higher priority.

So, what does it take to achieve holiness?  It takes a steady and close relationship with God.  We have to want to please Him.  We have to come to the point where pleasing Him is more important than pleasing ourselves.  Is it possible to do?  Absolutely!!

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