Don’t Catch the Football


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Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the Word of God. And, today’s slice comes from:

Matthew 18:7 “Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes! 8 “and if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. it is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. 9 “and if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. it is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.

Many sermons are preached on sin. Most of the time it is only on how sin will send them to hell. Most of the time it is on the obvious sins of adultery, stealing, drinking, etc. We seem to give ratings to sin with these being the ugliest of all sin. But, I’d like to remind you that we all sin and come short of the glory of God. I did not say that we, who are saved, or church going, Bible reading Christians who use to sin before we were saved.

I mean that we, the righteous ones, still sin. Praise God that he is forgiving… when we repent, turn from where the danger lies is when we sin and don’t realize it! The danger comes from the fact that we do not ask forgiveness nor do we repent of (turn away from) those sins that we do not recognize we are committing. We do kinda like the story of: A little boy who was walking a country road with his mother, collecting pretty shiny rocks. About the time he had an arm load it was time to head back home. But, he had tired himself out. He asked his mother to carry him back home. She said, “I’ll gladly carry you, but I won’t carry all those heavy rocks. You’ll have to get rid of them first.” His legs were aching but he was reluctant to shed his treasures. He pondered the problem for a while and came up with a solution.

“I know,” he said with a grin, “I’ll just put them in my pocket …. Then you won’t have to carry them.”

We are often that way with our sin. But Heb. 12:1 says “let us throw off everything that hinders.” Friends, do you know that our individual sins leaves the church without power. No miracles! No healings! No deliverances! No anointing!              No ……… power!

I am speaking of the little sins….. those which we think we have a right to commit. Yeah… we think we have a right to.  Sometimes we think they’re O.K. because they are just part of our cultural background.

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