March 4, 2018 - Inscriptions From the Heart

March 4, 2018
Pastor Tony Tira

But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.
(MSG, Romans 6:22-23)

Has sin ever told you what to do? Think all the way back to the garden, picture Adam and Eve walking through the garden, and as they happen to approach the tree in the middle of the garden, what are some of the sounds? The rustling of the trees from a gentle breeze, birds chirping, dogs barking, cats meowing, and fish… making fish noises. Suddenly, a hiss and a voice saying: “did God actually say?” With all these sounds, what is sin actually saying?

For many of us, the idea of sin speaking is difficult to comprehend. However, the effects of a quiet whisper from sin can have and has had cosmically fatal consequences. Sin is difficult to catch; its approach is not confrontational but rather subtle. It doesn’t yell at you from across the room but rather comes alongside you, puts its arm around you, and gently whispers in your ear “you will be like God.” No longer will you have to listen to God tell you what to do, and tell you what is right or wrong. No longer will you be dependent on him but rather you will be self-sufficient. No longer will you have the responsibility and the burden of stewardship but rather you will be free to forge your own path and live your own life as you desire.

It is in this symphony of subtle persuasion that sin convinces us we no longer need God. And in this persuasion, the voice of God once so clear saying we his creation are “very good” begins to fade and we no longer hear him. His presence makes us scatter and hide, and his promise to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth” is long forgotten.

The sobering reality is that we can do nothing without God. Sin is difficult to catch because it challenges the very words of God, of which when we are not intimate with God’s words we fail to know what God actually did say. It plays to our pride and convinces us to delight in mortal self-assurance rather than eternal dependence and fellowship. For some of us, the voice of sin is loud and clear, it continually reminds, accuses, and condemns us. It seems inescapable, and while the bondage and price of sin are overwhelming, we are reminded in Romans that Jesus came to pay for it. If you long to hear the delightful voice of God today, look to the cross. The late Billy Graham once said, “the cross shows the seriousness of our sin – but it also shows the immeasurable love of God.” Be surprised, delight and hear God’s loving voice today.

Comment down below what God has been speaking to you this week. We can also pray for you!

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