The hidden half of domestic violence
How to have eternal life
THE PLEASURE OF SIN
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
I once heard someone tell me sin was not fun. Hog wash...if it wasn't "fun" few would do it. I do however want us to think about the scripture above. Sin is fun...for a while.
Most of us have had rashes before. I have one now on my ankle, from dry air or something. Rashes ITCH. Oh boy if feels great to scratch it. However I find that as I scratch this rash, it gets red, yet I still find pleasure in scratching this rash. Soon, I am drawing some blood. Yet it still feels good to scratch, Now instead of feeling itching it is hurting. I still have an urge to scratch it. If I do not control these urges I am sure it would get infected. As an RN I know there are balms to put on this rash to stop the itching. It would be far better to have applied this balm when it first started to itch. Now when I apply it, it HURTS...I enjoyed the pleasure of scratching it too long instead of applying the balm to stop it.
As an RN I know it was wrong to scratch a rash in the first place. For doing what I know was wrong I am paying the price.
My friend, THIS is what SIN does to our whole being. It feels great to "scratch" it. BUT SIN ALWAYS has a price to pay. Much as this rash got worse, sin makes us worse. Often we do not notice it until it is too late. We see the gusto of life for drinking, the pleasure of "springtime" when we take a puff, the great feeling of ahhh pleasure when we cheat on our husband or wife...or when we engage in sexual activity apart from marriage. My friend, satan never paints a full picture. We are not shown the results of this.. results a very dear friend of ours knows all to well first hand as someone else drank to much and then drove. We are not shown people still smoking through a tube or the victims of sexual immorality from broken homes to AIDES victims dying a very slow, very painful death. I HAVE seen these things. I had a very dear sister in Christ die before my eyes because of someone else's Pleasure for a moment. Her husband was the unfaithful one but it affected her too. SIN does not stand alone...it does not affect US alone...it affects all those around us too. Yes SIN is pleasant...for a season...then we pay a very high price often for only a few MOMENTS and I mean that literally...pleasure. Galatians 6
6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
My friend, If you are "scratching this rash", enjoying the pleasure of sin...remember it is only for a season...then satan will give you the bill.
As I said about my rash, there is a balm I could have used. If you do not know My Jesus my friend, I want to tell you there IS A BALM in Gilead to make the wounded whole. There is a balm to HEAL the sin sick soul.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
HE IS the ONLY balm that will cure this "rash" called SIN
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
My friend, if you know you have trusted Christ for full payment for your sin....and have started to "scratch this rash" again, if you have it reddened and perhaps even infected, this balm applies to you also....
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
In either state, if this rash is still itching...if you still enjoy the pleasures of sin even for a season...USE this balm of Gilead TODAY.
For the LAMB...THE BALM OF GILEAD
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