Sin's Gravitational Pull

Posted by Stacy Lewis on March 28, 2014 @ 5:28 AM

Written by: Jeremy Prichard

Have you ever known anyone that has been carried away by sin?  I mean, an addict.  Someone who's very nature is to sin?  There sin is almost like a gravitational pull that's constantly weighting them down.

Now, can you remember back before that person became an addict?  Can you remember the slippery slope of bad decision after bad decision that they made leading up to their addiction to sin? 

We all face the constant appeal of sin, the tugging lure of temptation.  And, we all are capable of becoming slaves to sin just like the sin addict discussed above.  Sin is so deceiving.  It starts small but grows and grows until it's over taken us.  We don't see it sneaking up on us until it's too late and we're drowning in it's seduction.  Its kind of like a personal horror story I had once while on vacation.

Many years ago, shortly after Steph and I got married we went on vacation to Mexico to a place called Playa Del Carmen (about an hour or so south of Cancun).  We were on a secluded beach early one morning and were lucky enough to be the only two people on the beach at that time.  This place was absolutely beautiful!   Powdery white sand, softly swaying palm trees, crystal clear water with gently rolling waves.  Ahh, I wish we were there now.  It was a scene from a postcard and there was definitely nothing scary about the place.  We splashed and played around in the water for a little while, slowly getting slightly further from the shore and into deeper water.  When, all of the sudden we found ourselves trapped in a riptide and stuck behind a giant jetty where the waves crashed and sucked us under.  Crashed and sucked us under.  We went from a peaceful splash to nearly drowning all in a matter of seconds.  Steph isn't afraid of the water, but she's also no olympic swimmer.  I was a decent swimmer and in better shape back then but after what seemed like 10 or 15 minutes (which was probably more like 10 or 15 seconds), I was completely exhausted from trying to stay afloat myself while constantly pushing Steph up above the waves to help keep her head above water.  I remember thinking that we were going to die and there was nothing more that I could do about it.  We were both screaming for help and both praying for help too....when, out of nowhere a guy on a windsurfer appeared.  He drug us onto his surfboard and swam all three of us back to shore.  Then he disappeared.  Or, at least it seemed that way.  Praise God, we were safe and on solid ground again.

Now, isn't sin a lot like that?  Satan never rests.  He never stops trying to drag us down and pull us under his spell.  He's constantly seeking someone to destroy.  And you know what, faithful Christians are his main target!  No need wasting time on the souls he already owns.  He wants to punish his enemy so he's trying to hurt God's children.

Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall (I Cor. 10:12).  Take courage, He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (I John 4:4).   Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up (James 4:10).

Constantly pray (I Thess. 5:17).  No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (I Cor. 10:13).

Abstain from every appearance of evil (I Thess 5:22).  White lies lead to gray lies which lead to black lies, but in reality all sin leads to death. 
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is (Eph. 5:15-17).

The best part of the story?  God's saving grace is free for all who will accept it.  God doesn't force us to accept His grace but stands ready with arms outstretched to receive us back to Himself.  He does not want anyone to fall prey to Satan and sent His Son, Jesus, to be the one-time for all time sacrifice to pay for our sinful ways.  As David said, He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure (Psalm 40:2).  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  By His love and mercy we are more than able to overcome our temptations and sin!

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