DO NOT ENTERTAIN SIN

Nov 17, 2023

Leviticus 20:7-8 Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I [am] the LORD your God. And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I [am] the LORD who sanctifies you.

The lives of the children of Israel, reveal to us the danger of holding on to things that compromise our faith and open doors to the enemy.  We cannot win big in the kingdom of God, live a victorious life, carry authority or have great influence over territories while we have life issues.

Sin will make you vulnerable to the enemy, open you up to his attacks and limit the degree of authority you can yield to the Spirit. That is why we must cry to the Lord daily to help us stay pure and cleanse us from things we know and those we don’t know of. (Psalms 139:23-24)

The story of Achan is one of the typical examples that show us the danger of entertaining sin; the entire nation was afflicted with defeat because one man went against the instructions of the Lord.

Joshua 7.1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the LORD burned against the children of Israel.

You do not know what you have allowed the enemy to do over your family and church because of what you are engaged in.

Joshua 7:6-11 [6] Then Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads. [10] So the LORD said to Joshua: “Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face? [11] Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put [it] among their own stuff.

What was to be destroyed had brought destruction in the lives of the Israelites and that is exactly what sin does: when you entertain sin in your life, it will bring destruction. It may take time for this to happen but do not wait until you begin to see the repercussions. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you because there is power on the inside of you to overcome whatever has plagued your life.

Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.

This means that we can receive more grace to overcome whatever sin has plagued our lives because the power of sin has been broken at the cross. You must set your mind and develop an attitude that: “I can live a Holy life”.

It is not by power nor by the might but by the Spirit. You must rewire yourself; get your mind in the right direction to live a life without sin.

1 Peter 2:9 But you [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.

We are not children of darkness but of light. Imagine shining a light on a glass that has been corrupted with dirt, its reflection will be so dull. That is what happens; we only reflect the life of Jesus because He is the source. When the surface is unclean, there is not much the world can see out of us (Matthew 5:13-14).

Remember how the Lord destroyed the seven nations in Canaan because of their lifestyle? There is no way God can keep you in line when you are practising the same things that caused the destruction of those nations. This is because God is just and satan knows it well (Revelation 12:10).

Don’t give the devil room in your life for he will use that thing to bring all kinds of evil to your life. Hear the call of the spirit: walk away from whatever it is that is causing you to sin.

Genesis 27:40… And it shall come to pass, when you become restless, That you shall break his yoke from your neck.

Are you tired or you are still enjoying your sin? Sin is deceitful and, in the end, it seals your mouth with dirt and you will not like the after-test of what it does. Walk in the light you have believed in; walk in the truth you have confessed through the power of the Holy Spirit and walk away from relationships that cause you to do things that God doesn’t want you to do.

If you want to walk with God, make up your mind to be like Him. This is the reason the Holy Spirit came, to help us live the God-kind of life if we give Him room in our lives.

John 14:30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.

The reason why the enemy is running havoc in your life and family may be because of a door you have opened.

God still demands of us a life that brings honour and glory to His name. Don’t be lied to or deceived by the modern-day teachings that you can live your life the way you want to.

2 Timothy 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honour and some for dishonour.

This means there are people in the church who are a liability to the kingdom of God because they have given themselves to the flesh; the lust of the desires of their lives and to the enemy.

Are you an asset or a liability? This is determined by how you live your life both in private and public. Let satan have nothing on you so that you can become a vessel of honour in the hands of the Master, a weapon of war that He can use to win wars in the different places He has placed us.

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.