A She-Camel in Heat

Reading from Jeremiah 2 this morning I was asking myself about sin.  Do I take my sin seriously?  Do people in general understand what our sin does to our relationship with God?  With one another?  Do I?  I know we talk about it from time to time.  We speak about the seriousness of it.  Sometimes we feel guilty.  And there are even times where we commit to changes in our lives.  But the tendency I think is to revert to what comes naturally.  And what comes naturally is sin.  Therefore, there is a constant battle of sin versus righteousness taking place within one’s life.

Understand I’m not talking about living in sin.  In other words, living in bondage to sin is something man does prior to conversion.  However, meeting Christ and allowing Him to break those “chains” allows a Christ follower to no longer live in bondage/slavery to sin.  Cf. Romans and 1 John

Although we no longer live in slave to the power of sin, we still fail miserably at the life God intends.  It’s because of our flesh, our humanity, our sarkx (Grk.).  I believe the enemy puts great effort into minimizing what sin does to our relationships.  If he can convince us “it’s just a little white lie” rather than calling sin a sin, he has us right where he wants us.  If he convinces us to become so angry with our brother that we place ourselves in God’s position, we have become murderers (Again, his victory) Cf. Matt. 5:21-26 I could give other examples, but you get the idea.

Jeremiah 2 speaks of Israel’s idolatry – following after false gods rather than acknowledging the One who gives life.

They (the Israelites) say to wood, ‘You are my father,’ and to stone, ‘You gave me birth.’  They have turned their backs to me and not their faces; yet when they are in trouble, they say, ‘Come and save us!’ Where then are the gods you made for yourselves?  Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble!  For you have as many gods as you have towns, O Judah. (2:27-28 NIV)

The prophet compares God’s people to being a wild donkey in heat craving something for herself rather than what’s good.  It’s what we do with sin.

The first step to victory is to realize the damage being caused.  In other words, if something is harmful, don’t do it.  If something is destroying you, quit.  If you want peace, stop returning to the tree and picking fruit.  When we realize the devastating effects of sin upon our lives, it’s only then that we can see the lies of Satan for what they really are.  Let’s stop fooling ourselves and let’s recognize our failures.  Quit buying the lie that it’s only this one time.  This one time will get you killed!  Ask Adam and Eve.

Thank God for grace!

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6 Responses to “A She-Camel in Heat”

  1. Diane Chilson Says:

    Love this!

    ” I believe the enemy puts great effort into minimizing what sin does to our relationships. If he can convince us ”it’s just a little white lie” rather than calling sin a sin, he has us right where he wants us”.

    And after reading this….

    Matthew 5:22
    New International Version (NIV)
    22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[a][b] will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[c] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

    I can hear you saying ” it doesn’t say, it might be, it says WILL BE! (will be subject to judgement)

    Thanks for drilling the word into my head, you are a great teacher!

    I also think that when we sin, satan wants us to believe that the sin we have committed is unforgivable, He can hold us hostage if we measure sin by our own standards.How does God measure sin? Is there a scale from 1-10? 1= white lie, 10 being murder? Feedback Mike? I think this is a very important issue.

  2. Jesus didn’t die on the cross an extra-horrible death for murders and a not-so-horrendous death for those who tell white lies. He died the same death for all. There is not one sin greater than another and yet, we sin. We all sin. From the smallest to the greatest, they are all alike even though we judge everyone else but ourselves. But what is sin EXACTLY?

    Our spirit fights against the flesh because the flesh is compelled to sin – Is sin everything we wish to do for ourselves that brings “self” or the flesh, pleasure?

    Why are there religions out there who say it’s a sin if you watch television, or dance, or wear jewelry? “Crucify self” I hear them say, “Put those vain and sinful desires on the cross”.

    How can one, as Diane said measure sin? Or rather… what is it that we should believe is considered a sin? You said things that are harmful. TV could be harmful, dancing too – and buying jewelry instead of buying groceries for your family… that kind of harmful?

    I’m just asking because there are so many things out there being fed to Christians. Our defense is the Word of God – but they too use that same Word to promote what they claim.

    Isn’t that why there is a church in every corner of the city?
    Just my thoughts – very interesting post.

    • There is nothing new under the sun – including Pharisaism. The standard has been set by God. If something doesn’t honor or glorify God, then it shouldn’t be considered. Just my thoughts. 🙂

  3. Larry Lovelace Says:

    Brother, I believe that a sin is a sin. I only justify my sin for my own sake and piece of mind. And doing so, I am just sinning more! There are no grey areas in the Word of God! God tells us that if we follow His commands, we will have blessings, if we choose to ignore His commands we will be cursed. Anything but obdiance is a sin! There are No grey areas!

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