Pastor's Perspective 
April 2016
Bugs! Frankly, it is an understatement to say that my daughters absolutely despise bugs.  Sometimes they are brave enough to kill the bugs, while other times they require a willing volunteer to slap some shoe leather against the wall or floor with apocalyptic force to bring about the end-time for said insects. As their father, I am often that volunteer.  However, sometimes I say “No” to their cries of fear to come kill a bug.  Instead, I tell them, “When you move out of the house (and you will move out of the house) who will kill the bugs?  You need to learn to do it yourself!” Obviously, the Father of the Year award is very elusive, as I have yet to take home that honor.  Still, we must train our kids to become adults and to do things for themselves.
 
 Now, back to the bugs.  There are two times each year that the bug population in our house increases—namely, spring and fall.  During those seasons we contact Jeff at Parkland
Pest Control and he comes out and sprays the house inside and out, thereby eradicating the bugs—unless the door is left open and we battle flies for 7 days. Which brings me to the purpose of this article.  Like bugs, sin is a nuisance in our life.  Furthermore, like my daughter’s fear of bugs we should fear sin because sin is destructive.
 
 Therefore, if there is a time in your life when you know that sin can peak and populate your actions and thoughts, then you need to be proactive and eradicate those sins from your
life and mind. It would be nice if we could call Jeff and have him spray us on the inside and outside so that sin will be eradicated.  Although the Bible teaches that the power of sin is destroyed for those who believe in Christ, it does not say that our responsibility to avoid sin somehow disappears.  No. 

 

Instead, the scripture is full of passages that teach human responsibility before God for their thoughts and actions. If gossip is your sin, resist spreading juiced up stories.  If profanity is your sin, keep your mouth shut.  If lust is your sin, look away. If coveting is your sin, be content with God’s provision. If adultery or sexual immorality is a temptation, run like Joseph ran from Potiphar’s wife. If laziness plagues your life, then get up and contribute.
 

 We have the power to defeat sin if we but only utilize such grace.  “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.  No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (ESV)

 

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