We all know sin doesn’t just walk up to us and say, “Hello! I’m going to take you down.” Sin comes subtly and with stealth. It’s like a boat that drifts off course. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, and then, well…it’s too late, and you miss the target. Don’t think it can happen? Talk to King David about it. If you think the reason he stayed home from war was to get some rest. Think again. I’m convinced David knew when Bathsheba bathed and chose his fate. It was potentially a slow, day by day deal. Drift.
Colossians 3:5 says, “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you.” KILL IT! You don’t play around with sin. Sin is active when it seems to be the most quiet. See the full context of the verse:
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
That’s a lot of death and blood you just read about. Kill it! Kill it! Kill it! Put it away!!! No more!!!
Think about it: Every unclean thought would be adultery if it could. Every doubt would be atheism if it could. Every simple pleasure would turn to lust, or greed, or envy if it could.
Are you drifting? You’re reading a devotion, so how is that possible? It’s possible, believe me. David went to worship while he was living in denial of his sin. The prophet Nathan finally revealed, “You’re the man.” You can be in church and drift just as easily as you can on a bar stool. Sin’s advance is like the stealthy, quiet march of an army under the cover of night, and then the first shot is fired, and it’s too late because we’ve been asleep. Truly, any of us could easily be in danger of a fall if we aren’t consistently killing the sin in our lives.
So, what’s likely to trip you up? What causes you to stumble the most? How are you killing it? Huh? How are you killing it? What have you done lately to identify the spiritual drift in your life? Where do you sense Satan is creeping in. Check the compass. Where is true north? How far off course are you? Are you in free-fall drift?
John Owen said: Sin is a cloud that spreads over the face of the soul, and intercepts beams of God’s love and favor. It takes away all sense of the privilege of our adoption. The weeds of lust and sin must be daily rooted up, and then there will be room for grace to thrive and flourish…
Sin want to keep you and me from a healthy spiritual life. When David harbored that lust, it broke all of his bones (spiritually) and left him no spiritual strength. He said:
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
Listen, sin that we don’t kill and deal with daily WILL drink up our strength. It will take all the vigor and true satisfaction from our lives. It will divert our attention to our lust and not our Lord. We’ve got to deliver lethal blows to the sin in our lives daily. If we don’t, sin will gain the upper hand. Remember, sin seldom hits us overnight. It usually takes time. Satan is patient. But, you can get back on course immediately. You identify the drift, reset the coordinates and head back in the right direction.
Are you drifting? Go to the Lord and ask Him. Really ask Him. He’ll show you. And whatever sin He shows you, KILL IT, and be renewed in the knowledge of your Creator!