through His Word
God’s Enriching Work vs. Sin’s Damaging Work
God works today in the hearts and minds of His children to conform our whole way of thinking, feeling, and acting to be consistent with His love, His character, and His purposes for our lives. He is working to enrich the quality of our souls, our lives, and our influence.
Our choices and decisions help or hinder that process. Certain mindsets and practices are called “sin” in the Bible because they work against loving and respecting God and people. They oppose the good practices that build healthy and satisfying relationships. They waste our time and energy. They hinder healthy relationships, and ultimately they leave our hearts dissatisfied.
So God gives us a heads-up in His word about what falls into the category of “sin,” and which practices are “good.” If we choose sin in our daily lives—what God says is wrong and harmful—we hinder God’s enriching work. The verses of Isaiah Chapter 1 give us nine motivations not to choose sin. Read the chapter and each paragraph statement below.
Isaiah Ch. 1 Don’t Choose Sin over God
v.1-3 It doesn’t make good sense to rebel against a loving Father.
v.4-6 Sin damages the health of the soul.
v.7-9 Sin causes misery and ruin.
v.10-15 “Walking in sin” renders our worship and service disrespectful, worthless, and troubling to God.
v.16-18 God will reward with forgiveness, those who turn from sin to Him.
v.19-20 Obedience to God reaps His blessing, but rebellion reaps desolation.
v.21-23 Sin changes things for the worse: it displaces good with evil.
v.24-27 God can set things right: He can displace evil with good.
v.28-31 Sin doesn’t end well.
Do you think this is sufficient motivation not to choose sin?
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