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​ James 1:15  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death (ESV).

Many months ago now I saw a video on Facebook that was very memorable. In fact, it was slightly shocking. I think the director was going for the “shock value” approach to convey the message. At the beginning of the video was a small group of young people, looking to be late teens in age at a beach. They were laughing, partying, and flirting with sexual sin. This group appeared at first to be having the time of their lives. Then, a sign was visible. It said: Danger.

No one else was around. They must have heeded the warning. These folks however, were enjoying this seemingly amazing space all to themselves. All of a sudden something happened. One woman stepped on a landmine and was blown up. Blood everywhere. As others began panicking and screaming they were blown up too. Ones that didn’t die were terribly injured. The video ends by saying something to the effect that the danger sign was there for a reason. These young people reaped consequences for their disobedience. God, too, gives us instructions in the Bible. Failure to follow them is sin. Sin leads to death (see Romans 6:23).

Let me be clear. You can never be good enough to earn eternal life. Yeshua (Jesus) paid the penalty for our sins. However, faith without works is dead (see James 2:17). Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it (ESV)? We are not obedient to get saved. We are obedient because we are saved. If there’s no good fruit in someone’s life, there’s a problem with the root. I’d question if they actually are a believer and Yeshua has lordship in their life. A true believer may have bad moments, but they will have good spiritual fruit (see Galatians 5:22-23) and emulate Him.

Today, I want to speak to two groups of people. Those that do not know Yeshua (Jesus) and those that do (if it’s possible to know Him and deliberately sin) but are not living as they should.

Perhaps compromise has creeped in your life. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (ESV). Now is the time to repent. Sin leads to death. Usually not immediately. That’s the trap. It is pleasurable for a little while. If the wages of sin were immediately paid, people wouldn’t do it. But, like a sin baby concept, when first pregnant the baby isn’t noticeable. Eventually the baby can no longer be hidden and it must be delivered. We each get a set amount of time to live this life. Then it’s facing God. Time is precious. We should never assume how much we have left. Only God knows.

Repent. Turn away from sin towards God. Being a believer or “Christian” isn’t about praying a prayer, attending church, or memorizing a few key Bible verses. It’s making Yeshua (Jesus) Lord over your life. He is King. You live emulating Him as He went about the Father’s business on earth. Follow His commandments. They are your guardrail. Life won’t necessarily be easy. In fact, easy was never promised. But, you’ll have peace and the assurance of eternal life. You will avoid the landmines of the enemy.

There’s nothing better than knowing where you’re headed. No more wandering. You are no longer lost. You are found.

Romans 5:6-11 ESV For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Philippians 3:14 ESV I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 9:27 ESV And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.

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