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The Peril Of "Covering Up"

Sin Confession Spiritual Health

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

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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

Source: Sermon

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

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

Author: James Miller
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ILLUSTRATION

According to the book of Romans in the NT, sin is not a list of unacceptable behaviors, it’s embedded in our nature.  It’s like this: A friend of mine is a pastor who, early in his marriage, started having kids.  People in the congregation tried to care for this new family, but one person brought over some toys for his kids that were hand-me-downs.  Some hand-me-downs are great. My son is 11 and we have yet to buy him a shirt.  It's good not to be the oldest cousin.

But some-hand-me-downs are actually just throw-me-outs, and people who are waste-not-want-nots think churches are beggers-not-choosers, so that’s where they dump their someone’s-treasure that was pretty much just everyone’s-trash.

So, a family gave him hand-me-down toys, one of which was an 8-note xylophone with one of the keys missing.  He asked me, “Do they want my kids to grow up tone deaf?” That xylophone was never going to play right.  You couldn’t sing do-re-mi with that thing because there was no "fa." 

The doctrine of sin isn’t like a xylophone player who isn’t good at it and makes mistakes; it’s like a xylophone player who is missing some keys.  No matter how good they might become, they'll never be able to play it exactly right.

APPLICATION

So, you and I are not sometimes sinful, we were born broken.  Which just tells you how loving Jesus is.  No kid at the store is going to pick up the xylophone that's missing keys.  You and I are that toy, but Jesus picked us anyway. 

He picked us and in his supernatural power, he restores us.  But make sure you get this; He restores us because he loves us. He doesn’t love us because we can be restored. He loves us first.

Most of us think it’s the other way around – he’ll love us when he’s done with us. No. He restores us because he loved us first. 

"And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 4:10). 

Cancer Research Confirms the Curse

Sin Death Salvation

Source: ACTS & FACTS, June, 2017, p. 15

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

Scripture: Genesis 2:17 ; Galatians 3:13

Author: Brian Thomas
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ILLUSTRATION

Brian Thomas reports, "A new study's results showed that the number of cell divisions in body tissues is a more significant cancer contributor than any other factor.  A separate study revealed that the bodies of older people produce declining amounts of a cancer-minimizing molecule called NAD+, which in turn leads to unrepaired DNA breaks, cell damage, mutation, cellular death and loss of organ function.  [This chain of events] causes a stunning 66% of cancers, while the rest are due to inherited mutations or environmental factors.  Thus, even if a person avoided all cancer-causing exposures, they cannot avoid the threat of cancer altogether....It seems the only way to cure cancer would be to somehow reach into and constantly correct every cell's mutations.

"The curse God placed on all of Creation because of Adam's disobedience led to disease and death (Genesis 2:17).  The two Science studies confirm this by linking the now-cursed processes of growth and aging to cancer.  However, the same Bible that describes the curse tells us it will one day end!"

APPLICATION

Mercifully, God used another curse to cancel out the original curse upon Adam and Eve and their posterity! Galatians 3:13 says, "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law"--that law which convicts us all of disobeying God and facing His eternal death penalty--"by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.'"   

Jesus paid for our sins by His death so that we might live forever.  The result is that our debt of guilt and sin has forever been canceled out!  As Mr. Thomas concludes, "Whoever demonstrates 'repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ' (Acts 20:21) will enjoy eternal life with Jesus--death, the curse, and cancer forever gone" (Revelation. 21:4)

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

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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

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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

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Violations Of The Heart

Motivation Sin Lust

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

Scripture: Matthew 5:28

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England’s Darkest Tourist Attraction

Sin Disobedience Spiritual Death

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-26

Scripture: 2:16 ; Proverbs 8:36

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A Restraining Order On God

Meditation Justice Sin

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-10

Scripture: 1 John 2:1 ; Colossians 2:13

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