Taking Grace for Granted

Some people live as if they are invincible. That nothing bad will ever happen to them. They are the elite and although negative things happen to people in movies, on the news, in other countries or down the street even; it just won’t happen to ‘them’. “Other people get caught, but I will never get caught,” someone might think.

So consequently they engage life haphazardly. Not taking into account, tomorrow. They thoroughly abuse their bodies with illegal drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and poor eating habits. There is no physical exercise or regular visits to the doctor or dentist. There’s indulgence in illicit sexual behaviors via internet porn or x-rated movies tucked under the bed in a cardboard box, labeled DO NOT OPEN.

Teenagers and adults alike are willing to sleep with total strangers in the heat of the moment and for what? A temporary sexual thrill? How risky.

Yet the saddest part is, there are individuals who profess Christ and go to church every Sunday yet live defeated lives. The Bible gives us specific instructions regarding sin. The scripture says, “Neither give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27). “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). And “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1).

We are not to go back to the sinful life we were delivered from. And although we have been called to liberty (freedom) we are not to use this liberty “as an occasion to the flesh” (Galatians 5:13). Or as a free ticket to sin. Many times people take God’s amazing grace for granted. They automatically assume that He will forgive their intentional sin over and over again. It’s like playing Russian roulette (a potentially lethal game of life and death – with two players, one gun and one bullet) with your soul.

People commit a sin, then get back up and offer an empty apology all the while making secret plans to do it again tomorrow. The one thing they forget, however, is that it really isn’t a secret for “The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man that they are vanity (Psalms 94:11). But “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

It also reminds me of Samson in the Old Testament who repeatedly toyed with sexual sin and disobedience with the Philistine woman, Delilah. Every time Samson was tricked by Delilah the Bible says he ‘shook himself’ as before, until one day, the Lord departed from him (Judges 16:20). It is noted that the last time Samson ‘shook himself’ it did not work. God allowed his enemies to overtake him, capture him, blind him and imprison him. All because he kept playing with sin; deceiving himself to think he was invincible and untouchable. Although Samson was victorious in the end “slaying more people in his death than he did in his life” (Judges 16:30 b), it is imperative to remember that “the wages of sin is always death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”(Romans 6:23)

My prayer today is that our eyes are opened to the reality and sincerity of God’s word. Do not play with your eternal soul. There is a day of judgment. If you are actively and purposely living in sin – STOP! Turn your life around. Jesus loves you. Give your heart to the Lord and be saved. Be baptized in Jesus name and receive the awesome gift of the Holy Ghost. For his grace is sufficient and not to be taken lightly. Amen

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