THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
One pastor decided to use one of those
Hr carried four worms and four jars to the pulpit.
In the first jar was alcohol - he put a worm in it.
In the 2nd jar was smoke - he put a worm in it.
In the 3rd jar was chocolate - he put a worm in it.
In the 4th jar was good soil - he put a worm in it.
After the sermon, he referred to the jars.
The jar with alcohol - dead worm!
The jar with smoke -- dead worm!
The jar with chocolate -- dead worm!
The jar with soil -- nice wiggly, live worm!
He then asked the congregation,
“What do you learn from this demonstration?”
There was silence for a moment.
Then, one lil ole lady said, “As long as you drink, smoke and
eat chocolate you won’t have worms!”
Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid.
But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that
which is good; that sin by the commandment might become
Light from the Word.
Just after salvation, our spirits are genuinely tender toward our Lord.
The slightest sin, then, brings guiltiness and shame upon our hearts.
At that time, we have a tenderness that keeps us from wanting to bring
shame or reproach upon our Lord.
As we grow and mature, it seems our spirits begin to be rubbery:
Too easily bended.
The truth is, that even the most tender Christian can become very
callous over time.
And the sins we wouldn't, we do.
Just as someone constantly in contact with a firing range is not able to
hear well, our spirit loses its sensitivity.
No sin is a little thing.
It was because of sin our Savior was cursed, spat upon, beaten and crucified.
Sin made him suffer shame, reproach and pain.
Had we not been sinners of little things, it would not have become a BIG thing!
Beware of thinking that sin is little or slight.
The way to do this is to spend more time in the Word.
Studying the Bible, under the direction of God’s Holy Spirit will have this effect:
"sin by the commandment might become exceedingly sorrowful."
I remember something Dr. John "Bud" Traylor once stated in a sermon.
"Sin will keep you from the Bible, or the Bible can keep you from sin."
Keep that thought in mind.
Study more, sin less.