Sin and the Sting of Death 1 John 3:16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John 3:17) And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doth the will of God abideth for ever O how in this Life we tend to become sidetracked from what is important. To live to do the will of God which is to “Abstain from all appearance of evil” and to “keep his commandments”. Isn’t this our purpose for living, why we exist, to obey God? the world passeth away, and the lust thereof - We must always keep in mind that the elements of this world will fade away. That includes the corruption and the sinfulness of it. When the Lord comes in the array righteousness, the ungodly, the unrighteous, and the sinner will be put away for good. Now how can we ever just standby, sitting, letting time pass by day after day, yet not reach for God, seeking him with our whole heart? Nothing less is acceptable. Half-heartedness is reason why many confessing Christians are lukewarm status, characterized by the resistance to leave and abandon completely the sinful nature. This choice by default makes them friends with the world. A deadly error, a spiritual sleep, and a slow death. Isn’t the “Sting of death” sin? When a person dies in there sin, they are separated from God forever. If you live in it, you die in it. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die”, “he that commeth sin is of the devil”, “for if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins”. Put it together, presumptuous sin was never meant to dictate of lives. If it did, we would be no better then unbelievers. Face facts, an unbeliever may want to better their behavior just like we do, except they don’t lean to God at all in their life, but we need to as Christians, not just make a stand against some of the sin in our lives, but all of it, virtually by the grace of God wiping out presumptuous sin from our lives. “by the word of truth” and nothing less, despite what many say. Patronization is a dangerous thing, especially when dealing with the word of God. People err because they water down or accept the watered down truth, and never make the connection between the old and new testaments, realizing that God has not changed, neither has his expectations of us as far as turning away from evil goes. The same God forevermore, against iniquity, transgression, and sin. But how costly of an error it is. People Don’t want to face reality, but one way or another, the truth or the realization of it will come. The question is before or after it is too late. The Lord is against iniquity in all its ways and forms, there is no in-between when God said ”turn from all his sin”. Yea, we may stumble or even slip, but by all means, the way we view sin and our perspective on it has to change to revolt against it, hate it, and abandon it in our lives if we want to be successful and live a life pleasing to God. How many times in psalms does it tell us of what happens to the transgressor, or the worker of iniquity, or the sinner in his wickedness? It’s time to wake up because the reality is here, now, and not later.