You work hard for your…reward

ozone-holes-arctic-polar-stratospheric-nacreous-clouds_33580_600x450My intention for the blog tonight was to talk about “glory” as was suggested by a very dear reader… but when I started researching the scriptures it was so deep that I want to spend more time preparing it. To me the research is the fun of doing this, I love the digging and reading and finding little nuggets in scripture that might ordinarily be overlooked. So this is subject of “sin” was more obvious and I thought that one of us “sinners” might actually need it! J

Romans 6:22-23 “But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.” In today’s lingo, sin is no longer “sin” but an “issue” and everybody has issues, that sounds so much better than the big “S” word! But, reader dear, if it is you or I, sin IS sin and the verse says we WORK for sin and our pay is death! It has been said that sin is first pleasing, then easy, then delightful, then frequent, then habitual. The person then becomes a confirmed sinner, then obstinate, then resolved never to repent, and then he is ruined. King James says, “The wages of sin is death”. A ‘wage’ infers that sin is work; it is toil or labor for hire. Then King Jimmy says “the ‘gift’ of God is eternal life, which says to me…deliverance from danger or passion. It is also a Spiritual endowment. So, Sin works you but righteousness rewards you. God gives us the ability to choose His grace or the wages of sin! How can we do it?

Galatians 5:16 My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness.

Romans 12:2-3 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

When I was a little girl sitting on the front pew of the church, I KNEW without a doubt that if I talked in church, I would get a spanking when I got home! Did I remain quiet every service, every time? UMMM no I did not! And every Sunday night, Daddy sat down on mother’s cedar chest, took out his razor strap and spanked our bottoms. So even knowing the punishment and it was no fun being spanked, I rebelled at times and TALKED! Why did I do it? Because at the moment, I was enjoying myself and the punishment was hours away, only when it was time for the spanking, was I sorry. At that, I wasn’t sorry for talking, only for getting caught doing it! I know that “sin” is not a popular subject to discuss; we would rather talk about how to solve a problem, right?

Read Psalm 139:23-24 Search me O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. If you confess your sins, faults OR issues, to the Lord, I can tell you that you will find solutions for your problems a lot easier to find!

Be blessed, pray, read, entirely, Psalm 139 then confess to the Lord!

 

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