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The Deceitfulness of Sin

April 13, 2011

If I am honest with myself, I will admit that one of the greatest difficulties I face in rightly growing in faith is my acknowledgment of the seriousness of my sin.  If I’m going to understand the Savior, I’m going to have to understand what he is saving me from.  Recently, in his blog, Dane Ortlund quotes Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones concerning how fiercely sin fights against us acknowledging it:

You will never make yourself feel that you are a sinner, because there is a mechanism in you as a result of sin that will always be defending you against every accusation. We are all on very good terms with ourselves, and we can always put up a good case for ourselves. Even if we try to make ourselves feel that we are sinners, we will never do it. There is only one way to know that we are sinners, and that is to have some dim, glimmering conception of God.

 In another place, Dr. Lloyd-Jones describes sin like this:

It is a mighty power, a terrible power.  It has a fiendish quality, a malignity which is truly terrifying.  It is a definite spirit, a positive attitude, active and powerful.  Furthermore, it is a power which man has allowed to enter his life and which affects him profoundly and vitally.  It is not something light and comparatively trivial.  It does not belong to the order of vestigial remains.  It does not merely affect one part of man and his nature.  It is so deep-seated and so much a part of us that the entire man is affected–the intellect, the desires and therefore the will.  Indeed, it constitutes such a terrible problem that God alone in Christ can deal with it.

Let us plead earnestly with God not to be deceived by sin.  God has defeated it on the Cross (and it took God himself to deal with it), but our flesh still struggles with sin and it’s temptation.  In light of this, resolve with me to do the following:

1. pray for each other that we enter not into temptation

2. pray for a correct view of our sin in light of God’s holiness

3. notice man’s sinful nature in Scripture as we read

4. be vigilant in identifying temptation and mortifying sin

5. seek the Spirit’s power in resisting temptation

6. confess our sins to our Father and run to the Cross

7. let Christ’s obedience and finished work drive our obedience

8. marvel at God’s marvelous salvation from the savage grips of sin.

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