Say No to Sin (14 of 23) by Stephen Whitney

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Say No to Sin (14 of 23)
Series: Colossians - The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
Stephen Whitney
Colossians 3:5-11

Kristen Crowley, 27 who lived in Peabody, Mass. was married and worked for her mother's company as a personal computer trainer. One night in June 1996 she was stalked and killed outside of her condominium. The authorities determined she had been struck in the head with a 35-pound rock. Two men in their 20's, who were seen with her a half-hour before on a security camera at a service station were arrested a couple of days later.

As the details of her life came to light it was revealed that she had worked as an exotic dancer, performing at private parties a job that she had taken after graduating from High School. Her mother was shocked and said, ''To my knowledge, she was not an exotic dancer.'' It seems Kristen was living a double life - one that was hidden from even her mother.

Jeremiah Burroughs wrote, ''Take heed of secret sins. They will undo you if loved and maintained: one moth may spoil a garment.''

God wants his people to live holy lives - not double lives. He wants us to give up our sinful behaviors and habits so we not only appear to be holy, but we are living holy lives that honor him.

Westminster Confession of Faith Question 24 asks, ''What is sin? Answer: Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, any law of God, given as a rule to the reasonable creature.''

Thomas Brooks wrote, ''A holy man knows that all sin strikes at the holiness of God, the glory of God, the nature of God, the being of God and the law of God: and therefore his heart rises against it.''

Background :1-4 Paul has said believers are to set their hearts on heavenly things not earthly things because of the new life they now have in Christ.

II Corinthians 5:17 If anyone is in Christ they are a new creation, the old is passed away; behold all things have become new. SENSUAL SINS :5-6 Specific command :5a Put to death (KJB mortify ...


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