Sunday, March 12, 2023

Sunday Praise & Worship Message - Sin or Salvation

Today I want to talk to you about the seriousness of sin and the consequences it has on our lives. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23, NLT). Sin is an offense to God and separates us from Him. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23, NLT), which means that sin brings spiritual and physical death. The sad part of all of this is that we know better or should have been taught the difference between right and wrong and good and evil. However, in the past decades, sin has become rampant and has led our society down the path of destruction.

In recent years, many have expressed concern over the state of our society. From the rise of mass shootings to the breakdown of the family unit, it's easy to see why people are worried. But just how far has our society fallen, and what can we do to turn things around?

First, it's important to recognize that the moral decline of our society didn't happen overnight. It's been a gradual process that's taken place over several decades. In the mid-20th century, there was a shift away from traditional values and an embrace of more liberal attitudes. This led to a breakdown in the family unit, with more people choosing to cohabit or divorce. It also led to an increase in drug use, crime, and other social ills.

Another area where we've seen a decline is in our treatment of others. Bullying and harassment are rampant, both in person and online. The rise of social media has made it easier than ever to spread hate and vitriol, leading to a more polarized and divided society. This has even spilled over into politics, with many people refusing to engage with those who hold different views.

We also need to take a hard look at our own values and beliefs. Are we living up to the standards we claim to believe in? Are we treating others with the respect and dignity they deserve? If not, we need to make changes in our own lives.

So, what can we do to turn things around? First and foremost, we need to recognize that the problem is not just "out there." It's easy to point fingers at others and blame them for the state of our society, but the reality is that we all contribute to it in some way. We need to take personal responsibility for our actions and do our part to make things better. The first step is to return to God and admit that we have sinned.

God is holy and just, and He cannot tolerate sin. He is also merciful and loving, and He wants us to turn away from our sin and come back to Him. The Bible says that God loved the world so much that He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16, NLT). Jesus came to this world to save us from our sins and to give us eternal life.

But we need to acknowledge our sin and confess it to God. The Bible says that if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness (1 John 1:9, NLT). We need to repent and turn away from our sinful ways. The Bible says that God commands all people everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him (Acts 17:30, NLT).

We also need to believe in Jesus Christ and put our faith in Him. The Bible says that there is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12, NLT). Jesus is the only way to eternal life. He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me" (John 14:6, NLT).

We need to receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior and follow Him. The Bible says that to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12, NLT). Jesus said, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9:23, NLT).

We need to live a life that is pleasing to God. The Bible says that we are saved by grace through faith, but we are also created in Christ Jesus to do good works (Ephesians 2:8-10, NLT). We need to obey God's commandments and live according to His will. Jesus said, "If you love me, obey my commandments" (John 14:15, NLT).

There will be those who decide that it’s not hip or cool to be saved and to live a life devoted to serving God and being obedient to His will. There are always going to be those who decide that sin is better and adding to the fires that are destroying our society. There are consequences that people need to be aware of before they decide to continue their life of sin.

First, it's important to understand what sin is. Sin is anything that goes against God's will, whether it's lying, cheating, stealing, or any other form of wrongdoing. When we sin, we create a debt that needs to be paid. And the payment for sin is death.

This doesn't just mean physical death, although that is certainly a part of it. It also means spiritual death, which is a separation from God. This separation is eternal and cannot be undone without accepting God's gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Those who don't accept this gift will experience the full wages of sin. They will spend eternity separated from God in a place of torment known as Hell. The Bible describes Hell as a place of "eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons" (Matthew 25:41, NLT). It is a place of weeping, gnashing of teeth, and eternal suffering (Luke 13:28, NLT).

This may sound harsh, but it's important to understand that God's justice is perfect. He cannot tolerate sin in His presence, and sin must be punished. But God is also loving and merciful, which is why He provided a way for us to be saved from the wages of sin.

This way is through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a sinless life and died on the cross to pay the debt of sin that we owed. By accepting His sacrifice and putting our faith in Him, we can be forgiven of our sins and reconciled to God.

Sin is a serious matter, and we all need to turn away from it and come back to God. We need to confess our sins, repent, believe in Jesus Christ, receive Him as our Lord and Savior, and follow Him. We need to live a life that is pleasing to God, obeying His commandments and doing good works. Let us pray that God will help us to overcome our sin and to live a life that is pleasing to Him so that we can stand firm in His grace.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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