SIN is the problem
The root of all Anxiety, Distress and Grief.
Sin is our greatest enemy! When God created the heavens and the earth for mankind, God was pleased with His creation, because everything was perfect. Then sin entered in, and what a mess!
God describes sin in the following ways;
as a putrefying disease (Isa. 1:2-6)
a heavy burden (Psalm. 38:4)
defiling filth (Titus. 1:15, 2 Cor. 7:1)
a binding debt (Matt. 6:12-15)
darkness (1 Jn. 1:6) and
a blemishing stain (Isa. 1:18).
The story of the prodigal son is your story. All of us have gone astray (Isaiah 53:6), none are just (Rom 3:10), all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). Just like the prodigal son, we may have to hit rock bottom before we recognize what we are doing to ourselves (Luke 15:11-32).
We cannot sin and be unpunished, scripture teaches this in Proverbs 11:21. Some may think they have gotten away with it, but all face being held accountable on death (Heb 9:27). God’s servants Moses and Aaron tried hard and were decent people, but God was an avenger of their evil deeds! Psalm 99:6-9
Changing your Life means dealing with your sin
Dealing with Sin demands change in our lives
To allow anything to separate us from the fellowship of God, is a very serious matter.
Paul, a Pharisee, gave up everything to know Christ, “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ” Philippians 3:7-8
In Luke 18:9-14, we read about the tax collector who “standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Colossians 3:5-6 “Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience”
Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
“He gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.”