Sin

Warning Signs

dangerAt times you can feel sickness sneaking up on you. Your nose gets stuffy. You sneeze once or twice. Your back starts aching.

Before you know it, your body is under a full-blown attack trying to combat germs. You’re downing medicine, taking time off work, and spending more time in your bed than you’d like.

At times we can see sin sneaking up on us too.

We start talking to some guy who we know is no good. We buy the tub of ice cream knowing that the whole thing is going to get inhaled as soon as we get home. We grab hold of a juicy piece of information and can’t wait to gossip about it with our friends.

We know that nothing positive can come of our behavior. Yet we choose to ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We choose to step in front of our spiritual help and direct our steps the way we want instead of how God wants.

We figure that we can change that no-good man. We justify our gluttonous behavior. (We’ve had a bad day…We deserve to indulge!) We won’t share our hot news with everyone, telling one friend isn’t that bad.

Before we know it, we have fallen prey to sin. We’re dealing with drama in our personal lives. We are fighting weight gain and disease. The gossip we’ve spread backfires and brings negativity into our own lives.

And then we want to cry out to God for deliverance.

There are now medicines on the market that are supposed to ward off sickness before you get seriously ill. When you notice your first “warning sign”, you can pop a pill to prevent the illness from fully taking over your body.

As Christians, our spirits can always be healthy if we take in the spiritual guidance of the Holy Spirit. He sounds the alarm to guide us away from sin. He knows things about people and situations that we could never obtain. The Holy Spirit is always leading us down paths that are for our ultimate good. We can be completely safe, blessed, and full of joy if we align our lives with His will.

Far too often, however, we choose to ignore the “warning signs” of impending sin and the corroborating promptings of the Holy Spirit. We choose to turn a blind eye to poor choices. We rationalize sinful behavior.

The Bible explicitly tells us: Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:19 NLT) Yet, every time we ignore God’s voice, we are doing exactly that. And every time we suppress the Holy Spirit’s warnings, we fall into the ditch of sin. Every time, we get snared by the enemy. It is inevitable.

Don’t keep ignoring the “warning signs”. Don’t stifle the Spirit. Step back and let the Lord lead. Allow Him to help you navigate your life. You will avoid so many pitfalls and benefit far more than you would if you participated in the fleeting pleasure of sin.

Dear Daddy,

Help me to always listen to the Holy Spirit even when I want to do my own thing. Open my spiritual eyes and ears to the signals that You send to guide me through life. Help me to stand firm through the devil’s temptations, knowing that what You have for me is better than anything the devil could ever offer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to heed the “warning signs” of sin! I EMPOWER you to stand firm throughout temptation and resist the ploys of the enemy. You are already EMPOWERED by the Holy Spirit who leads you into all truth. You can resist the devil and have him flee from you!

 What are some ways you can heed the Holy Spirit’s warning and stand firm through temptation?

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Tiara Wilkinson just released her first book “Days of Purpose & Destiny” which is available on Amazon and Kindle. You can find more information at http://www.daysofpurposeanddestiny.com. Tiara also serves as the Youth Leader and on the Pastoral Care Team at Christ Worship Center in Riverdale, Illinois. Her favorite passage of the Bible is Psalm 27 which reminds us that the Lord is our strength, so we have no reason to fear anything.

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