February 17, 2017
I have watched many people, often professing believers, who have entered into serious sin—often moral sins that you would not think they would commit.
How does this happen? There is a pattern which we would be wise to study and understand. David shows us this pattern in Psalm 36.
Transgression (like an oracle) speaks to the wicked deep in his heart. There is no fear or dread of God before his eyes. For he flatters and deceives himself in his own eyes that his iniquity will not be found out and be hated. The words of his mouth are wrong and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and to do good. He plans wrongdoing on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not reject or despise evil. (Psalm 36:1-4, Amplified Bible)
YOU'RE NOT IMMUNE
When you hear the report of a professing believer who has fallen into serious moral sin, for instance, you often say, ""How in the world could they have done that?"" If you talk with them, you will discover that, over time, they began to rationalize, and the sin became more and more reasonable to them. If they had not made these compromising rationalizations, they would blow up mentally (if they were determined to continue in their sin). And ... they become more foolish and continue deeper. It is a vicious cycle.
This is why it is SO CRITICAL that we see sin as God sees it at the FIRST TEMPTATION. No rationalizations, no excuses. And, why it's critical to resist and become accountable with others at the first blush of any temptation.
I don’t care who you are, you are not good enough to handle rationalized sin. You are capable of anything over time.
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May 10, 2021
May 03, 2021
Although he was a godly and greatly used man of God, King David sinned grievously. For all time, his failure with Bathsheba has been recorded as a tragic warning.
But David’s confession was just as public. Spurgeon said a man could be used again when his confession is as notorious as his sin.
April 28, 2021
Many men cannot handle spiritual success. When God blesses them, if they are not careful, they will begin to attribute to themselves what God and others have accomplished in their lives.
It is a great temptation to read your own press clippings.