by Jerry Vines

Deborah and Barak: Star Wars
Jerry Vines
Judges 4-5

Here we go again. Same old boring sin cycle. Same old monotony of sin. The devil would have people believe that the life of sin is a very exciting life. It is a very exhilarating life. Yet the fact of the matter is - sin becomes a very boring and a very monotonous experience.

I was reading an article the other day about the celebrities in America and their lifestyles. I saw that the average time of death of celebrities is 52. If they are going to live much they better live in a hurry because at age 52 that's when most of them die. The fast lane, very, very soon, becomes a rut. A lot of people who think they are living it up in sin are really not living. If you really want to live and if you really want to have an exciting life, give your life to Jesus. There's never a dull moment when you know the Lord and when you live for the Lord. That's one of the lies of Satan - that sin is exciting.

This first verse tells us about the stupidity and the sameness of sin. ''The Children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord.'' Notice when they did it. ''When Ehud (one of the judges) was dead.'' It seems as long as Israel could have some kind of outward restraint on them they would be fine. If they would have a spiritual leader, something on the outside they could hold things together, but the moment the outward restraints were gone they would go right back into sin and there would be another lapse into idolatry.

A lot of people are like that. Some Christians are like that. As long as they have the positive peer pressure of a fellowship of Christians around them they do okay. As long as they have some spiritual leader who is right there to stay on top of them and help them do right they do okay. But when the restraints are removed and all of those things are gone, if you aren't growing, if you are not maturing on the inside, then you aren't going to continue to live for the Lord.

Sometimes this ...

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