Saturday, January 18th, 2014
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
We’ve all been in that uncomfortable situation of being in a room full of people and there is tension of an unresolved issue. No one has dealt with and no one wants to talk about it. Or maybe you and a close friend or relative are avoiding one another because of —that thing!
“That Thing”, that elephant in the room that I want to confront us all with today is SIN. It seems to be an issue no one wants to address. But make no mistake–you can’t avoid dealing with your sin. You can’t hide it, ignore it or get too busy and forget about it. You will never be able to let this “elephant” stay in the room of your heart and here’s the glaring reason:
GOD HAS ALWAYS DEALT WITH SIN!
Ask Adam, Cain, King David, Samson, Jezebel, Judas, Peter. God loves us all but hates sin. God’s desire is for all of us to be with Him in Heaven but….without sin. He gave His one and only Son to be the eternal and complete sacrifice for our sin. He has given us a way to be forgiven of our sin. He has given us tools in His Word to resist sin. He has both promised and warned that Jesus will return for those who love righteousness and hate sin. God has dealt with “the elephant”.
WE MUST DEAL WITH SIN!
There are two categories of sin according to the Bible.
1. Sins of Commission: a category of sin describing the things we did and shouldn’t have. I committed (commission) a sin when I lied and I shouldn’t have. This is pretty easy to figure out. Don’t cheat, steal, lust, kill, etc. They are also usually very visible and easy to detect.
2. Sins of Omission: the category that encompasses the sins of not doing what we should have. We don’t think as much about the sin of omission even though it is as gradually harmful and destructive as anything we could commit. I should have testified because I knew he was innocent, but I didn’t out of fear. When we know the right thing to do and don’t, that’s a sin. These sins are good at hiding in the busy corners of our lives–but still detectable.
Solomon gave us important advice in Proverbs 24:11-12. Don’t hesitate to rescue someone who is about to be executed unjustly. You may say that it is none of your business, but God knows and judges your motives. He keeps watch on you; he knows. And he will reward you according to what you do. (Proverbs 24:11, 12 GNT) Sin is not just something we do, but sometimes it is something that we ought to have done.
The sin of Commission is doing what God has forbidden.
“For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.” – Col 3:25
The sin of Omission is not doing what God has commanded. Sometimes we sit on our hands and say or do nothing when we should have acted.
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (James 4:17 KJV)
Each of us need to consider the personal application of Christ’s words to: “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you”, and that, “It is more blessed to give, than to receive”, and finally, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel”. If we don’t do these things–we are living in sin.
DON’T LET “THE ELEPHANT” TAKE ANY MORE ROOM IN YOUR LIFE! DEAL WITH IT!
– Pastor Steve
Key Verses: Titus 2:11-14 & 2 Peter 1:3-8
Prayer Point: help me to uphold self-control in my mouth, body, and finances
TODAY’S PERSONAL PURSUIT
Anna has attended LFC for ten years since summer of 2003. She was introduced to the church by a friend, Suze Dambreville. They ran into each other after some time through a divine appointment that day on the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville campus. Married for 26 years to a loyal, faithful, Christian man, Junior, whom she met at her first professional job at the Department of Labor; they are the parents of a loving son and daughter, Jared R. and Janna-Maria. Her work experiences have included Interviewer Trainee, Social Services Worker, and a Department of Health and Hospital Long Term Care/Disability Analyst for the state. In August of 1999, she received a scholarship in Rehabilitation Education at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville graduating with a Master of Science degree in December of 2000. Since that time, she has served as a Senior Rehabilitation Counselor and Disability Developmental Counselor with the state. Most recently, she served as a Medical/Legal Case Administrator with the Social Security Administration’s Disability and Appeals Division which has positioned her to serve as an independent contractor with this same department.
During this time of fasting and prayer, I have been blessed in all areas of my life. My focus has been on Isaiah 58-the fast that God has chosen. God’s heart is for me is to be instrumental in caring for the poor, the orphans and widows. One of my favorite chapters is Proverbs 31; “She reaches out her hand to the needy; her children rise up and call her blessed; the heart of her husband safely trusts her; she is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet; strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come.”
The father heart of God is for me to look outside of myself and serve others – “To love God and to love my neighbor because love is an action.”
– Anna Allen
Sunday’s coming! Let’s go to church!