Good morning! Happy Thursday to you all! I pray your week is going well. This is my first week back at work since having the baby and I thank God for a smooth transition.
TFTD: It’s in the root
1 Corinthians 15:56New King James Version (NKJV)
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
Romans 6:23New King James Version (NKJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Have you ever stopped to think about the seriousness of sin? Sometimes I think as Christians we are too comfortable in our salvation that we become complacent in safe guarding ourselves against sin. It is almost like we think we are invincible or we are so arrogant because we know Christ will forgive us. God wanted me to remind someone today, when dealing with sin we have to remember it’s not a surface issue. It’s in the root!
Take a look at these two illustrations:
- A tree when full-grown can grow tall and wide depending on what type it is. When you cut the tree down to its trunk the tall and wide piece of nature is gone. Imagine that the tree represents sin. On the surface it appears that the sin is big and overwhelming, but when it’s cut down it seems like sin has been conquered. On the contrary, the stump of the tree or sin is still present. It just not full-grown. It may take weeks, months or even years, but the reality is the tree (sin) will begin to grow again. Why? Because it wasn’t uprooted. When dealing with sin it’s important to attack the root of the problem. Trees (sin) grow tall and wide on the surface, but in the deep dark places that tree is taking root. In our spiritual life the sin will grow in the deep dark places of a person’s mind, heart, body and spirit and take root. It’s only when a tree (sin) is uprooted that it will stop growing and die.
- When a tooth has a cavity it appears on the surface and the dentist places a filling on it to prevent the cavity from spreading further. Now imagine the cavity is the sin. It starts off small and just because the dentist has placed a filling on the tooth doesn’t mean you can go back to eating and drinking a lot of sugary drinks. It also doesn’t mean that you should stop brushing and flossing daily. If you stop doing the basic things to care for the tooth the cavity that started on the surface will attack the roots and then a root canal will be needed. Much like our spiritual walk, once we become saved and Jesus has spared us from the penalty of death, it doesn’t mean we should go back to sinning. It doesn’t mean we should stop praying, fasting, studying His word or attending church. We actually need to do those things all the more. We have to walk in the ways of the Lord daily in order to combat sin. If not, sin will take root and will require more to get rid of it.
Remember the wages of sin is DEATH! Sin has a high price tag. Don’t become comfortable in sin because it could kill you spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. The good news is that God has given us a gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. God is a redeemer, a restorer, a helper, a Savior, and more. Stay connected to God. The Bible is our Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Everything we need to know and pray for is in the Bible. Study the word, pray without ceasing, connect to a bible teaching church, seek out prayer partners who will intercede on your behalf. Whatever you do, don’t allow sin to take root and if it does, know that GOD can fix all things!
Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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