Glory be to God our first BBQ was an utter success, surrounded by beautiful women who are curious, on a journey, and know and love God, coming together to enjoy the gorgeous weather, good, food, music, and fellowship!!
The topic we discussed is definitely not something the average Mary would discuss at a BBQ, but the topic IS something that MUST be discussed more amongst the Christian community. Please read below, grab a cuppa, and enjoy. 🙂
LWFITC: Meeting 18 22/8/2015
Title: The power of sin
1. What is sin?
The scriptural definition of sin is found in the book of James 4:17(ESV) which says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin”. With this broad definition we can see how things such as procrastination can be classed as being sinful- it fits this definition perfectly! This also means that sin extends beyond being an immoral act, our thoughts; speech etc can also be sinful, verses 11 & 4 cover the areas of speech and friendship with the world being sinful.
· 11Do not speak evil against one another….
· 4You adulterous people![a] Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (Spiritual adultery- serving more than one God).
2. What is the origin of sin?
Romans 5:12 answers this question by saying that “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men[a] because all sinned— So sin came into the world through one man’s act and as a result of it we have all sinned. Sin is so powerful that we are all born inherently with a sinful nature which gives us a tendency towards sin; especially of mind and will. Therefore, we’re either wanting to sin or thinking to sin. Psalms 51:5 confirms this, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me”.
2b. who is the man that Paul speaks of in Romans 5 and what was the original sin?
Go with me to Genesis 3:1-7(kindly ask people to read for us please). From this chapter we see that it was through Adam that sin entered into the world and his offence was obedience to God’s word (v6). They were very aware of the instructions God gave them to ‘eat of the fruit of every tree in the garden except the fruit of the tree which was in the middle of the garden’ (v3), Eve repeated them to the serpent. Verse 6 tells us the 3 components that led to the fall of man:-
· 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food-(the lust of the flesh)
· and that it was pleasant to the eyes-(the lust of the eyes- the forbidden fruit looked appealing)
· a tree to be desired to make one wise- (the pride of life, they wanted to be as “gods”)
Key point: These 3 components are always present when the devil tempts us with sin.
READ Luke 4:1-9
· Jesus had just finished fasting for 40 days and 40 nights and was hungry afterwards(v2)
· The next natural step to take is to something to eat
· Satan was aware of this fact and knew that Jesus’ flesh was weak at this point
3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
· The first temptation is one of the lust of the flesh because Jesus was hungry and if He had obeyed Satan, he would have appeased his flesh by satisfying his hunger.
5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
· Showing Him all the kingdoms of the world and saying he’ll give him all this power and glory of them was lust of the eyes- the devil wanted Him to see all that He’ll gain if He worshipped him.
9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
· Tempting Jesus to prove whom he was (as the Son of God, was one if the pride of life. Satan basically said that if Jesus was truly who he says he was, then this little exercise wouldn’t be a problem.
· *NB: The devil also knows the bible, he quoted Psalms 91:11-12; it is faith that differentiates us from him, unlike him we actually believe the bible it is the source of our life and strength- the Word of God lives in us
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
This pattern for the devil still hasn’t changed- he tempts us to sin with things that he knows we want and he comes to tempt us when we are at a weak point be it physically, emotionally or otherwise. When we have our guard down, the devil comes to tempt us.
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Many thanks and God bless,