07/25/10 The Greatest Mistake We Can Make!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, July 26, 2010 Under: Sermon

Text: Numbers 32:23 (HCSB)

“But if you fail to keep your word, then you will have sinned against the Lord, and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” Numbers 32:23 (NLT)

Intro: Everyone Makes Mistakes, some serious life or death, some not serious causing laughter. The Greatest Mistake is thinking we can get away with sin. WE CANNOT SIN AND WIN!

Sin: Hebrew pronunciation: khaw-taw’

1. Sin Will Affect Our Fellowship with God: 1 John 1:7–9 (HCSB)

7) “But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8) If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

We were created for fellowship with God, even in the beginning when Adam and Eve were allowed in the Garden; God’s desire was for man to have fellowship with Him. He made us in His image, man was allowed to rule over the things of the earth. God blessed man and allowed us to be fruitful and multiplied He gave us everything we needed which allowed us to truly experience fellowship! Image being able to walk and talk with God; but that did not last - sin broke fellowship with God.

Sin affects the children of God; it brings anxiety and lack of assurance robs us of the joy of the Lord. Sin keeps our prayers from being answered. Sin is serious! Only the death of Christ could atone for sin.

Pray for a willing spirit: “Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:12 (HCSB)

2. Sin Will Affect the Family: Romans 14:7 (HCSB) “For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.”

We never reap the consequences of sin alone; our loved ones suffer because of our sin. The sins of Adam and Eve affected all of their descendants; David’s sin caused his child’s death. 2 Samuel 12:14 (HCSB) “However, because you treated the Lord with such contempt in this matter, the son born to you will die.”

What does it mean “such contempt?” It means disapproval, disrespect. Don’t we do that too? Children can be affected by the sins of their parents and parents can be affected by sins of their children. Husbands and wives are affected by sins of the spouse.

So sin can destroy the functional family and make it dysfunctional.

3. Sin May Affect You Physically: 1 Corinthians 11:30 (HCSB) “This is why many are sick and ill among you, and many have fallen asleep.”

In the book of Corinthians scriptures have worn some have gotten sick and some died, even when it should have been a time for communion in the church the issue of sin reared it’s ugly face. Sin will bring chastening: Hebrews 12:5-12 (HCSB)

Many acts of sin carry their own judgment what we sow we reap in the flesh: Galatians 6:7-8 (HCSB) “Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, 8 because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.”

4. Sin Will Affect You Forever: Romans 6:23 (HCSB) “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

- Unbelievers must face their sins in judgment.
- Sin affects service and costs Christians rewards: Revelation 3:11 (HCSB) “I am coming quickly. Hold on to what you have, so that no one takes your crown.”

Conclusion

Good News: Sins Can Be Forgiven - Christ died for our sins: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (HCSB) “For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”

The greatest mistake we can make is not to accept Christ as Lord and Savior. His blood cleanses Us from all unrighteousness – 1 John 1:9

In receiving Christ by faith, we are justified Romans 5:1 (HCSB) “Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

More Good News: Believers Can Live Victoriously: John 10:10 (KJV) “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

We can experience abundant living and daily victory: 1 Corinthians 15:57-58 (HCSB) “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! 58) Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

One mistake we cannot allow to happen is to live a life without Christ – please don’t make that mistake. Live for Christ today and have eternal life and joy!

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