My personal sins do not hurt anyone else but me.
Is the above statement true or false?
On the one hand, our personal sins do hurt us individually by hindering our fellowship and relationship with God. But we have to also remember that sin is rebellion against God and His ways. The prophet Samuel said to King Saul:
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry… (1 Samuel 15:23)
Our sins – hidden or open – empower the god of this world through its powers of witchcraft and divination. Plus, our stubbornness to hold onto our personal sins by not repenting of them may eventually cause the sin to move into the highest rank of wickedness: iniquity. This hideous sin is the one that forces God to eventually judge a nation when it hits a certain measure of wickedness.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)
Remember: we all struggle with sin and our old sin nature. This is an everyday battle for all of us. But as long as we hate our sins and continue to cry out to God for His mercy and grace to help us rid ourselves of whatever sins we struggle with, He is faithful to do just that.
My prayer today:
Lord, open the eyes of American believers and show us who we are empowering with our actions and words, whether it’s You or the god of this world.
Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for American believers’ eyes to be opened.