Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Forecast- Sin

So I am a bit of a weather nut. I watch Gary, Katie and Bryan. I check the NBC action weather blog a few days before big storms. I like Gary's 3 degree warranty. Impressive.

As a pastor, part of my job is helping people grow in God's grace and try to avoid sin. Sin is separation from God. It is disobeying God. A few sins that are easily defined- adultery, lying, murder, jealousy, lust, greed, sloth, gluttony, etc.
Sin sometimes comes from temptation. Andy Stanley is often fond of saying- direction determines destination. So, which ever way you are facing is probably going to put you to a destination.

What does this have to do with the weather?

Well, let me make the connection.

Imagine if you had someone forecasting yours sins. Every night you would tune into your local sin report. They would look at the relevant data- your experiences over the past few days- and put together a sin forecast. Much like the weather forecast, if we know it's going to rain, we take appropriate clothing. If it's going to be a blizzard, we choose to not go out at all and work from home if we can.

Take a look at where you are right now in your life. Maybe your past is determining your future. Maybe you are on a road you don't think you can walk away from. Has lust taken over your heart and soul and led you down a road you should not be on?
Have you committed adultery and don't think you can be forgiven?

Let me say this- Sin is not good. It destroys relationships. It tears apart families. You don't want to sin...but of course, there is temptation.

So let's take a look at our lives- what does your sin forecast look like- have the last few days taken you down a path you did not think you would be on--maybe it's the past few weeks, months or even the last two years. Maybe it's time that you sit down and pray for direction. Pray for a change. Pray for a way out. Don't let your sin forecast be cloudy with a change of a blizzard of sin.
Go in peace and go with God.

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