CARM Newsletter 10-10-07

Mini Devotional The Deceitfulness of Sin
"But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin," (Heb. 3:13).

There are people who think that they are smarter than sin.  There are those who believe that they can ignore their sin without consequence.  Some believe that if they leave their sin un-confessed, without repentance, then with time its pain and consequence will fade and that they will be fine.  But this is a lie that sin itself casts upon the deceived.  Sin is greater than we are, smarter than we are, stronger than we are.

Sin always has a consequence.  It always has an effect.  It is a deceitful and cunning adversary.  It abides in us, as part of us, and shows us it is alive all too frequently.  Only the fool thinks that his sin is not important, or that he can ignore it, not deal with it, or that it isn't that bad, or that it will just go away by itself.  It never does; at least, not on its own. We cannot outsmart sin.  We cannot outthink it, or be stronger than it, or be more enduring.  As soon as we have sinned we are its slave (John 8:34).  As soon as we have committed the act against God, we have insured judgment (Rom. 1:18-32), unless....

Unless, you come to the cross.  Praise be to God that  he has provided a way to be free from the deceitfulness of sin.  Only through the cross can we be cleansed of our sins, escape the judgment due to the one who commits it, and have the light of God's truth shed upon its deceitfulness so that we might not fall prey to its dark cunning again.  There is no other way.  There is no other hope than the cross of Jesus and only through it, can we be encouraged day after day, knowing that Christ continually cleanses us (1 John 1:7-9) and frees us frm its bondage.  To Christ be the glory.
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About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.