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He Got What He Wanted but He Lost What He Had! (6 of 13)
A Closer Look at the Book: JOSHUA
October 25. 2006
1. Sin's Blatant Cause!
A) The Word of God was Disobeyed
B) The Will of God was Disregarded
2. Sin's Bitter Consequence!
A) A Strange Defeat
B) A Sad Denial
1. The Presence of God was Withdrawn
2. The Power of God was Withholden
3. Sin's Bold Cure !
A) It Must be Properly Exposed
B) It Must be Permanently Expelled
I recently read of a policeman who pulled a car over and told the driver he had won $5,000 dollars
in the seatbelt competition. 'What are you going to do with the money?' asked the policeman. 'Well, I guess I should get a driver's license,' he answered.
'Oh, don't listen to him, 'said a woman in the passenger seat, 'He's a smart-alecky when he's drunk.' Then the guy in the backseat said, 'I knew we wouldn't get far in this stolen car.' At that moment there was a knock from the trunk and a voice said, 'Are we over the border yet?'
I think of a Sunday school teacher who once asked her class if they knew the difference between sins of commission and sins of omission. One little boy raised his hand and said, "The sins of commission are the sins we should not have done; and the sins of omission are the sins we should have done."
The fact of the matter is that sin is no laughing matter. Sin is the culprit that robs the believer of many blessed things. Sin saddens the soul, sickens the body and saturates the mind. One sin can tear down, in one minute, what it took years to build up. Again, it is no laughing matter.
When it comes to sin we should adapt the motto of Billy Sunday who said, "I'm against sin. As long as I've got a foot, I'll kick it. As long as I've got a fist, I'll fight it. As long as I've got a head, I'll butt it. As long as I've got a tooth, I'll bite it. And, when I'm old and fist-less, and foot-less, and tooth-less, I'll gum it until I go home to ...
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