Are we really looking for sin in our lives?


During these days of Unleavened bread, I was in the middle of chasing down some leavening in my office when it suddenly occurred to me; if we spent the same amount of effort and enthusiasm looking for sin in our own lives that we do searching out the leavening in our homes, we would be a lot better off than we are.

In fact, that is one of the telltale signs of a Laodicean mindset isn’t it:

Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Do you see the attitude? They have all this knowledge and it has blinded them to the fact that they still have sin in their lives and hearts. They really are self-satisfied and that is destroying them and is going to cause many to have to go through the Great Tribulation to be saved at all.

These days of putting sin out of our lives should be spent in an EARNEST and ZEALOUS effort to find and destroy the sins in our lives. The deeply hidden sins that only come out in private or in stressful situations where we can blame the event instead of realizing that we should have been prepared for the event.

Do you think satan was ever able to “blindside” Christ?

Take the time to put as much or MORE effort especially during the days of unleavened bread while we are focused as a group on putting sin out as we put into finding those pesky, sneaky and wily leavened products that are hiding from us in our homes, cars, and offices.

It sounds funny but doesn’t it seem like that at times? Well, what about the real sins in our lives? Have we been in the church so long that we no longer think we have in real sins to deal with? Remember Christ did not come to fulfill the law the way the world sees it He came to magnify it.

Isa_42:21  The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.

Now the law has taken on a spiritual component not just the letter of the law but the spirit of the law is required. So are looking at the spirit of the law to get it out of your life or just the letter?

Think about it:

  1. Do you have feelings of anger especially toward a brother? Don’t let the sun go down on anger brethren.
  2. Are you still dealing with Lusts of any kind? Paul said he beat his body into subjection so those lusts could not cause him to ever fail
  3. Do you ever tell a lie? Not that anyone would know or anything that would hurt anyone. But does that make it any less a lie? How many times have you given an excuse for not doing something that you should have done so as not to cause hurt feelings to another? Does that make you feel justified in telling the lie? OR should you have been very careful to do what you had agreed to do so that you would not have been tempted to lie in the first place? You see behind a lie there is generally another sin at work as well.
  4. Do you ever experience feelings of Jealousy at work toward a brother or co-worker or family member? Instead of being excited for them do you secretly envy what they have earned thinking it should have been you? Maybe you are able to not show it to others but what does God think about us when instead of being extremely happy that they got a reward we are rather bitter about it. Do you see God’s Spirit at work there or do you see our own wickedness at work?
  5. Does it excite you to find that you know something about someone else that no one else knows? Do you see the spirit of gossip raising its ugly head demanding that you tell others of this TRUTH!

I could go on and on just from my own life’s experiences.

Let’s think about all the energy and effort we put into getting rid of the leaven, how dutifully we search in every nook and corner, how closely we observe for any place we might find this TERRIBLE leavened stuff. What if during this week we spent the same effort to examine our own selves. Let’s put our lives under that spiritual microscope and find those pesky sins of our own that still linger hidden in our lives and expose them to the light so they can be swept away from us.

Make this Feast of Unleavened Bread work for us this year like it never has before. Here is a good tool to begin to shed any Laodicean attitude of lukewarm self-satisfaction. Work hard at it and perhaps God the Father will be able to account you worthy to escape what is coming on the world very soon now.

 

By Raymond Mills

 

 

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2 Responses to “Are we really looking for sin in our lives?”

  1. Art Braidic Says:

    It is my personal opinion that we don’t put sin completely out of our lives because we don’t go to the source. Instead we chase these individual sins around, and they always seem to pop back up. I suggest that this year we go after the source of our sins—Pride! The days of unleavened bread are teaching us to not be puffed up. That means don’t be proud. The fact that the leaven puffs up the bread is an example for us to understand. Further the Scriptures themselves explain what these days are about. To illustrate, notice the Apostle Paul’s comments in his letter to the Corinthian brethren during the Days of Unleavened Bread:
    1Co_4:6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
    1Co_4:18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.
    1Co_4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.
    1Co_5:2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
    1Co_13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
    Col_2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
    In that context, consider that pride is the mother of all other sins. If we eliminate our pride, we will win the war against sin. Notice the sins you mentioned Raymond:
    1. Do you have feelings of anger especially toward a brother? Don’t let the sun go down on anger brethren.
    *In order to have anger toward others we must think we are superior to them.
    2. Are you still dealing with Lusts of any kind? Paul said he beat his body into subjection so those lusts could not cause him to ever fail.
    *What would ever give us the idea that we have a right to lust? It comes from a sense of my desires are more important than God’s command. It’s our pride.
    3. Do you ever tell a lie? Not that anyone would know or anything that would hurt anyone. But does that make it any less a lie? How many times have you given an excuse for not doing something that you should have done so as not to cause hurt feelings to another? Does that make you feel justified in telling the lie? OR should you have been very careful to do what you had agreed to do so that you would not have been tempted to lie in the first place. You see behind a lie there is generally another sin at work as well.
    *Sure there is. It is pride. We don’t want to admit failure. We don’t want to admit we were wrong or did something wrong. It is pride at work in us.
    4. Do you ever experience feelings of Jealousy at work toward a brother or co-worker or family member? Instead of being excited for them do you secretly envy what they have earned thinking it should have been you? Maybe you are able to not show it to others but what does God think about us when instead of being extremely happy that they got a reward we are rather bitter about it. Do you see God’s Spirit at work there or do you see our own wickedness at work.
    *This sort of speaks for itself. Jealousy comes directly from pride.
    5. Does it excite you to find that you know something about someone else that no one else knows? Do you see the spirit of gossip raising it’s ugly head demanding that you tell others of this TRUTH!
    *Once again, it is pride that motivates such behavior, not a spirit of helping another understand what you do.
    So, it my desire that God’s people consider that instead of chasing a bunch of sins in our life that seem to return over and over, if we deepen our respect and admiration for God, see ourselves as His servant, and put our human pride out of our lives, most sin will begin to disappear almost automatically. I suggest we focus on our pride, the literal meaning of the effect of leaven on bread.
    Art

  2. Raymond Mills Says:

    Excellent Post Art. Thank you for adding it to this topical post.

    I think this is why Christ teaches us to be humble. There is so much teaching about humbling ourselves because PRIDE is behind almost every sin there is.

    I am glad that you brought that to light.

    Raymond