Abiding Above - December 19, 2013

The Big “I”

December 19, 2013

God says in His Word in James 1:14-15 – But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”

The word “death” means “separation.” When Satan sinned he was cast out from God’s presence.  Remember, God cannot be in the presence of sin and we were all born sinners. That is the reason Jesus had to die on the cross for you and me. God created man and then Satan tempted man, causing him to fall from his original fellowship with God. Ever since, the sin of Adam and Eve, like an illness, has been passed on down to every descendant of the human race, so that all men are born with a sinful nature.

Psalms 51:5 “Behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”

You see, we are double sinners: sinners by nature and also sinners by choice and practice.

Romans 3:23 says, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”

The result of Satan’s choice, “I will be like the most High,” caused him to fall from Heaven. The result of Adam and Eve’s sin, “I will take the forbidden fruit,” caused them to lose fellowship with God and to reap the curse of God not only upon themselves, but also upon all nature and all future human beings. The result of our sin, “I will have my own way instead of God’s way,” will keep us from having that sweet communion with our Heavenly Father.  My friend, self-will against God’s will is sin.

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