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Cycles in Life
Identifying the Cycles of Sin: Message Two
May God bless you all!
"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for
God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."
We are going for principles not just specifics:
- Distraction (drawn away)
- Seduction (enticed)
- Conception (conceived)
- Action (brings forth sin)
- Death/Destruction (brings forth death)
1. Distraction (
drawn away - exelko - drag forth (Strong's G1828)
"Equivalent to lure forth (A.V. draw away): where the metaphor is taken from hunting and fishing: as game is lured from its covert, so man by lust is allured from the safety of self-restraint to sin" (Thayer,
Verse 12 talks about the man who endures temptation and succeeds through the trial of the temptation and does not fail. This implies strongly two things: (1) temptation can be viewed and handled as trails, and, (2) they can be victoriously beaten.
Know that God always gives a way of escape: 1 Corinthians 10:13:
hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God
who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape [a way out], that ye may be able to bear
Know that Jesus Christ has provided deliverance - we must take hold of it: Luke 4:18-19 (emphasis added):
"The Spirit of the Lord
upon me, because
he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives
, and recovering of sight to
to set at liberty them that are bruised
, To preach the acceptable year of
2. Seduction (
Enticed - deleazo - to entrap, allure, beguile (Strong's G1185)
Know that sin and Satan design their attacks to entrap you: Exodus 23:33:
"They [the Canaanites] shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee."
Canaanites in the land is like compromises in your life.
"Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the
inhabitants of the land whither thou goest lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:"
We make "covenants" with sin/compromise as we dwell on something (action, thing, person) and, thus, ensnare ourselves.
"And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy
God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that
a snare unto thee."
When we emotionally
sympathize with, or desire, or discount the danger of a sinful thing, we are laying a snare for ourselves.
(conceived - syllambano - clasp, seize, conceive, catch, take
is two Greek words, the first (
) means union
with or together (Strong's G4862), and the second (
) means, "to get
hold of" (Strong's G2983). Together they imply
a moment in time when you
come in union with the snare, and it takes hold of you. You gave it thought. You surrendered to the idea. You rationalized its pleasures.
"And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed
unto the day of redemption."
Most sin by a Christian involves forethought
because the Holy Spirit dwells within you and will cry out a warning.
"Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than
to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;"
There is pleasure in sin, but at what
1 Timothy 4:2:
"Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with
a hot iron;"
When we enter into an agreement with sin (conceived) we are
applying a little more fire to our conscience and driving the Holy Spirit's voice farther from our ability to hear Him.
(bringeth forth sin - tikto-hamartia - bear, be born, bring forth, be
delivered, delivered, be in travail (Strong's G5088); sin (Strong's G266)
things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."
Why do they have this attitude? Because their sin is, in fact, a product
of theirs - their love-child in effect.
"And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them."
serving sin, we see two things (1) we no longer control the sin; the sin controls us and demands our servitude; (2) it becomes a trap we are now bound in and can't get out.
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us
free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."
When we carry out
our sin in action, we are entangling ourselves back into bondage. We are wrapping the chains of sin around us, and the more we do so, the longer and tighter the chain becomes so that now it is worse. It isn't a "stand-alone sin", it has become a sinful habit.
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man
soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."
mocked or fooled. He knows why we did it, that we sought pleasure in sin and did so knowing it was sin. In such cases, God will allow corruption to enter our lives.
(bringeth forth death - apokueo-thanatos - to breed forth,
beget, bring forth (Strong's G616); death (Strong's G2288)
"Sin, when it is finished"
(Strong's G658) - root word
means perform (Strong's G5055). This speaks of an actor completing his/her act on the stage. The danger here isn't that final accounting at the end of your life, and thus the death that ensues, but instead the fact that the mere performance of the act brings death. The death of a thousand cuts.
"Bringeth forth death"
- three words meaning, "The death
stroke from what you breed/bore." The death of a thousand cuts. What ways will you die: If a believer:
Loss of God's fellowship; you feel guilty and really don't want to face Him
Loss of fellowship with other believers; you can't enjoy their presence any longer
The Holy Spirit will be grieved and will become distant to you; you don't want to hear Him
The Word will not nourish as it did - you may leave off reading/studying it altogether
Your conscience will be seared, and it will become harder to hear God and understand His promptings and warnings
You may be spanked, disciplined by God
Prayer will become moot, dry, even boring or undesired altogether
God's reputation may/will suffer as might the church's reputation if things become public
You reach a point where you so justify your sin that you get others to participate
You lose the pleasure of your salvation and position that you have with God
1 Corinthians 11:29-30:
"For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and
drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many
weak and sickly among you, and many sleep."
You are in bondage to that sin - it owns you.
"Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such
Be not deceived - whatever the excuse for our sin, God is not
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