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Getting Through The Security Gate

Salvation Confession Sin

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2019-08-11

Scripture: Revelation 21:27 ; 1 John 1:9

Author: Corey Sawyers
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ILLUSTRATION

This past weekend, my youngest son and I had the opportunity to take a short trip together. We flew to Knoxville, TN, then drove over the Smokies to Gastonia, NC. There I gave a Bear Valley Bible Institute presentation and Q&A, preached Sunday morning, and spoke in their Sunday Night Summer Series. We then drove back to Knoxville before flying back to Denver on Monday. 

While waiting in line on the incline toward the security gate in Knoxville, Gannon and I were shocked by two things. First, there were a lot of signs with pictures of guns which had been confiscated in recent months at that very security checkpoint. Those guns ended up in the TSA agents' hands for, potentially, a variety of reasons. Perhaps some innocently forgot. They may have been licensed to carry a weapon and forgot to leave it behind. Others might have intentionally tried to sneak the weapons on because they thought the rule did not apply to them. Perhaps they never would have thought of hurting anyone; but they believed they could get away with not keeping the rules. It also may have been that some tried to sneak those weapons on because they intended to hurt others. While I cannot be sure of their intentions, I am confident that those individuals did not make it through the security gate (thankfully!).

The second shock came right before we reached the x-ray machines. Gannon realized he had a half-full water bottle in his backpack. So, when we placed our bags on the conveyer belt, I told the officer of our error and showed her the bottle. She smiled and said, "That is okay. Just throw it away in that can under the belt." We complied and passed safely through the gate. 

APPLICATION

I am not sure what the security checks will be to pass into life eternal, but I wonder if sometimes we think we can get away with carrying sin like some have weapons at the airport. Some may not realize their sins. Some may think they can fool the Lord. Some may think this or that particular command of the Lord does not apply to them. However, the Bible is clear that no sin will enter into that eternal place of rest (Rev. 21:27). 

On the other hand, the Bible tells us that we have one who is on our side: Jesus (I John 2:1-2). Those who are in Him (I John 1:7) must only confess those sins (I John 1:9). When we do, His blood washes them away. 

The only way we could get through the security gate was to admit our error, and do what was required of us. The only way we can make it through "Heaven's Security Gate" is to admit our wrongs and do what He requires of us. It is the only way we can be sure that some glad morning, as we sing, we'll "fly away!"

Troubled

Trouble Sin Comfort

Source: The Kiplinger Letter

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Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2019-07-29

Scripture: Psalms 6:1 ; Psalms 6:10

Author: Corey Sawyers
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ILLUSTRATION

"The Virtue of Vice Stocks" is the title of an article by Thomas M. Anderson for The Kiplinger Letter. The author reports that when times are hard, investing in tobacco, alcohol, and gambling companies are a sure-fire way to build one's portfolio. This is true, he reports, because in troubled times, these businesses are not affected by economic downturns. In fact, Anderson says, they grow because people turn to vice when they are troubled.  

APPLICATION

What do you turn to when you're troubled? In Psalm 6 David seems to be suffering through a sleepless night. He is troubled. The word "Troubled" (ESV) or "Dismayed" (NASB) is used three times in the Psalm. However, David turns to the Lord ("Yahweh," 8x).

Note also the use of" gracious" in verse 2, and" compassion" in verse 9. They come from the same root word and provide a great set of bookends to the Psalm. Also interesting are the many words he uses to describe his dismay in verses 6-8; different words.  Here we find a troubled David crying out to the Lord for compassion in three stages.

THE PLEA (vv. 1-3)
Verse one's synonymous parallelism asks the Lord not to rebuke nor chasten with His wrath nor anger. Instead, in verse two, David asks Him to be gracious and heal because the psalmist is troubled, or dismayed. It is only to the Lord we can turn for grace to deal with the troubles of this life. 

THE PAIN (vv. 4-7)
The Psalmist calls for the Lord to return. Whether this separation is real (because of David's sin) or just perceived (because of the trouble caused by the sins of others) is unclear. 


THE PROMISE (vv. 8-10)
David wants to get rid of evil companions. He is sure the Lord has heard his prayer. Now David has confidence and courage because God is with him. Why can this be the case? David was penitent and called out to the Almighty!

When you are troubled do you turn to sin or to the Savior? Do you choose vice or victory? We have a gracious Lord who wants us to turn to Him. When you are troubled, pray Psalm 6 and look to a loving Lord who is bigger than anything or anyone that may trouble you!

The Peril Of "Covering Up"

Sin Confession Spiritual Health

Source: Houston Chronicle, Brian Rogers, Published October 27, 2008

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-12-31

Scripture: Isaiah 29:15 ; Numbers 32:23

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

Misty Ann Weaver made a tragic decision.  The Houston-area licensed vocational nurse is charged in the burning death of three people after she started a fire in her six-story office building.  She started the fire because she was behind on an audit for her plastic surgeon boss, and she feared being fired.  She hoped the fire would buy more time.  Obviously, her actions had unintended consequences.

APPLICATION

Ms. Weaver is an extreme example of the tendency to try and avoid consequences by resorting to sin to “cover up” a shortcoming or failure.  While few of us will wind up facing three felony murder counts, we are all tempted to “cover up” in this way.  When we fail to study for a test, we may resort to cheating to “cover up” that fact.  When we have a low self-image, we may resort to gossip or backbiting to “cover up” perceived flaws about ourselves.  When we are afraid of negative consequences for not meeting some responsibility or expectation, we may turn to lying to “cover up” that inadequacy.   The irony is seen in that the “cover up” inevitably puts us in greater spiritual trouble than before we engaged in it.

We may “cover up” for fear of the disapproval of others, out of embarrassment or shame, or out of concern for certain repercussions.   Yet, to turn to sin to shield ourselves from the ramifications of our actions is to compound the problem.  Let us have the courage to face God and man, to provide things honest in the sight of all men (cf. Romans 12:17). 

Israel was warned about the danger of adding sin to sin (Isaiah 30:1).  It is strength of character to do our best in our every endeavor, but it is also strength of character, when we have failed to so do, to courageously, honestly “face the music.”  

"Woe to those who dig deep to hide their plans from the LORD. In darkness they do their works and say, "Who sees us, and who will know?" (Isaiah 29:15). 

The Broken Xylophone

Sin Human Nature God's Love

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: Romans 3:9 ; 1 John 4:10

Author: James Miller
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Cancer Research Confirms the Curse

Sin Death Salvation

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2017-07-11

Scripture: Genesis 2:17 ; Galatians 3:13

Author: Brian Thomas
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Walk In The Light

God's Judgment Light Sin

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-11-18

Scripture: Ephesians 5:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Sin Tax

Sin God's Judgment Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-11-17

Scripture: Romans 6:23 ; James 5:20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The World's Ugliest Color Could Save Lives

Sin Repentance Temptation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-27

Scripture: Romans 5:12 ; Romans 6:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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K-9 Sniffs Out Porn

Pornography Sin God's Omniscience

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-27

Scripture: Jeremiah 16:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Violations Of The Heart

Motivation Sin Lust

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-06

Scripture: Matthew 5:28

Author: Illustration Exchange
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