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Nov 24 2017

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The Slippery Slope of Getting Comfortable with Sin

The Five Minute Friday word for today is familiar. This word brought me back to a study in Psalm 1 I did earlier this week. Here’s a bit of how I approached Psalm 1.

  • Pray — I prayed to see the text “fresh” and asked God to help me to be humble, to have a longing for the Word, and to understand what I was reading.
  • Read — I read the passage multiple times, including reading more than one translation. I was reading to answer two questions: What do the verses say? What stands out (or “lights up”) to me?
  • Observe — I went back and answered: What do I see? I looked for themes, repeated words, and made 2 observations each verse.
  • Interpret — I focused on answering: What does the passage mean? I considered authorship, audience, context, purpose. I looked for how the verses reveal a truth about God and truth about me (or the nature of mankind).
  • Apply — I asked myself: What does God want me to do? or How can I respond to what these verses way?
  • Pray — Based on what I learned, I talked with God confessing the truth about myself and asking him to guide me to be like Him.

I’ve read Psalm 1 many times, and God helped me to see something I hadn’t seen before. I found it in the words walk, stand, and sit.

The Slippery Slope of Getting Comfortable with Sin

 

Go. “Oh, I’d never do that.” We all think those thoughts. We know it’s beyond us, but it’s not. We’re all capable of doing the unthinkable. But the path from integrity to the unacceptable is a slippery, downward path of getting familiar with just a little bit not-so-good. We tell ourselves it’s entertainment. We’re adults and know better. But the filter turns off, and the council begins. We listen to evil, and it becomes normal. We watch evil, and it becomes natural. Then, because it’s so familiar, we consider. And then we’re almost hooked.

As a believer, we have the opportunity for escape, but that window gets smaller and smaller the more we expose ourselves to what isn’t good. What we watch and listen to (in all it’s forms) affect our thinking. Marking draws us in, and it’s hard to not be pulled along.

May we be like the blessed man. Stop.

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

Psalm 1:1

 

 

Comfortable with sin

Who is influencing you

As you go about your day, consider who is influencing you. Psalm 1:2 recommends a day and night meditation on God’s word for good reason. It’s a path that leads to strength and blessing.

I want to be blessed. I want to be strong. Don’t you?

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  1. Karen

    You have given me a new way to think about each passage I read. Thanks for sharing. FMF #36

    1. Cheryl

      You are so welcome. Digging into scripture takes time to pause, and this way has helped me.

  2. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Cheryl, I love the way you began and ended your study of Ps. 1 – “Pray.”

    And you’re so right that as sin gets familiar, the window of escape becomes smaller. And our own egos can become too big to fit through.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    https://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/11/your-dying-spouse-409-necessity-fmf.html

    1. Cheryl

      Thanks. Prayer is so important. If God doesn’t guide, we won’t get the message our hearts were meant to hear.

      Egoes are big. They say there’s a big “I” in sIn.

  3. Mindy Baker

    Good description of how we become numb to the world and to sin. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Cheryl

      The slope is so gradual we don’t often notice it. When I was in college, I challenged myself to not watch TV for a year. When I turned the TV on after a year, I was surprised with the change. It may not have changed that much, but my “palate” was transformed.

  4. Anne Mackie Morelli

    Cheryl, I really appreciated your comments about how sin is such a slippery slope, that we walk into by small steps, sliding into sinful behavior in ways that we would never expect. And you are so right, we need to surround ourselves with people who hold us accountable and keep us on that narrow path. Thanks for your post.

    I am visiting from the FMF community, #25 this week, http://thestonescall.com/2017/11/24/recognizing-divine-midst/

    1. Cheryl

      Accountability and mentors have been awesome helpers in my journey of growth.

      Thanks for visiting.

  5. Pearl Allard

    Cheryl, I agree. Thank God for grace! Love how Andrew worded it. Visiting from FMF #44 this week.

    1. Cheryl

      Every moment, I need God’s grace. For guidance, for strength, and many times, for the “want to” to do what’s right.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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