Posted by: gstiekes | May 25, 2011

Negative Effects of Sin

In I Corinthians 3:9 Paul states: For we are laborers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

At the time of Paul’s writing to the church at Corinth, the believers were fairly new Christians.  They were saved from some very wicked ways.  Paul tells them in verse 3 that they are yet carnal, which means that they operated more according to their fleshly nature than their new spiritual nature.  One of the evidences of their carnality was the envying, strife and division that existed among them.  Paul is concerned that they grow in the Lord so that they will be governed by spiritual values as opposed to their fleshly desires, which were common in their community.

There are two basic types of believers – the spiritual and the carnal.  Paul was concerned because it is God’s will that Christians grow in their relationship to the Lord (II Peter 3:18) to the place of spiritual maturity.  But they were still like spiritual babies, needing to be fed with spiritual milk instead of the meat of the Word of God (I Corinthians 3:2; I Peter 2:2).  They could not handle the deeper truths of God’s Word (Hebrews 5:11-14).

The logic is clear in the chapter.  If you follow the flesh then you can expect to have the problems of the flesh.  Our society today is permeated with the flesh and it is totally understandable as to why there are so many crimes and why people have so many problems.  This is multiplied when carnal people turn to carnal society for the answers to their problems.

It is not unusual to hear the words MINE when little children are playing with toys.  Adults express the same idea with the words MY WAY!  Part of growing up spiritually is to recognize that it is all about God – NOT ME!  Adults set the example for the children.  They first need to recognize the negative results of sin so that the children naturally follow their example.

John MacArthur provides 19 different limitations of sin in our lives (acting in the flesh):

•        Sin often affects people physically.

•        Purposeful sin removes us from under the umbrella of God’s blessing.

•        Sin corrupts the mind (Jeremiah 17:9; Ephesians 4:17-19).

•        Sin corrupts the will (Jeremiah 44:16-17).

•        Sin corrupts the affections (John 3:19; I John 2:15).

•        Sin brings people under the control of Satan (John 8:44; Ephesians 2:2).

•        Sin makes people the objects of God’s wrath (Ephesians 2:3).

•        Sin robs people of peace (Isaiah 48:22) and replaces it with misery (Job 5:7; Romans


•        Sin grieves the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30).

•        Sin places a wall between us and God so that He cannot hear our prayers (Psalm

66:18; Isaiah 59:1-2; I Peter 3:7).

•        Sin limits our ability to serve God (II Timothy 2:20-21).

•        Sin even disqualifies some from Christian service (I Corinthians 9:27).

•        Sin renders our worship hypocritical and unacceptable (Psalm 33:1; Isaiah 1:14).

•        Sin causes God to withhold blessing (Jeremiah 5:25).

•        Sin robs us of joy (Psalm 51:12).

•        Sin subjects Christians to God’s chastening (Hebrews 12:5-11).

•        Sin hinders our spiritual growth (I Corinthians 3:1-3).

•        Sin pollutes our fellowship with God (I Corinthians 10:21).

•        Sin causes us to dishonor God (I Corinthians 6:19-20).

As Christians, we must recognize that we cannot disobey God (sin) and glorify Him at the same time.  We cannot purposely sin and say that we love Him.

Knowing what sin does to us, why in the world would any Christian go against God’s will and sin?  This is certainly something to think about and pray about.  Sin keeps us from becoming what God wants us to be and keeps us from doing what God wants us to do.

Thank God today for delivering you from sin and then pray and commit yourself to truly loving Him by choosing not to sin.  Pray that He will provide strength in times of temptation and that He would give you a hatred for it.  We need to recognize that we make up the church, the body of Christ.  What kind of church will the world see when they look at your life.

This Day in History

1787 – The United States Constitutional Convention began.

1824 – The American Sunday School Union was established.

Sunday school should be a part of every family weekly schedule.  The influence of the Sunday School in the lives of both children and adults cannot be minimized.  Thank God today for truths you have learned in Sunday School through the years.

1868 – Billy Bray went home to be with His Lord.

Billy was known as an eccentric preacher.  He was constantly shouting GLORY!  He preached, built chapels, took orphans into his home and God used him as the instrument of salvation for many souls.  His dying word was GLORY!

1925 – The Ordination of Charles E. Fuller

Dr. Fuller was the founder and director of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour for many years.

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