LESSONS FROM THE BIOHAZARD

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This post will be very short. i promise.

In West Africa, there has been an outbreak of the deadly virus, Ebola. In the last few weeks, dozens have died. Switch on the television and what dominates the news is the virus. Even the insurgence of Boko-Haram pales to this and has been relegated to the back rack. Scientists from around the world are trying to work on a vaccine for this virus. I was watching some scientists online. They were working in a lab and there was a white pail with a large red and black label which read: BIOHAZARD.

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Sharps, gloves, clothes and other items which have come into contact with contaminated or infectious people or things must be placed in this pail for the protection of everyone as these contaminated items have power to bring death to life.  Like this deadly virus, Sin is also a contaminate; a biohazard. It has the power to bring death to life. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

Genesis 4:7 tells us that “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it (If you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it (MSG)” .

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The writer of Genesis personifies sin making it appear, in my mind, as a vicious creature with slavering jaws crouching at my door, waiting to devour me. This word picture creeps me out. It brings chills to my soul and so it should. Sin is a grave and dangerous enemy, and yet how lightly we can learn to treat it. Perhaps it is because we are dealing with sin every day in every way, for all of life is a choice: to do what is right or not to do what is right.

When we choose to do what is right we choose life and master sin. The creature crouching at the door is denied access to harm us. When we choose not to do right we open the door to him and he does us great damage, killing or maiming our hopes and dreams, our relationships, our health and well-being as well as that of others. If you have any doubt about this just continue to read Genesis 4:8.

Cain’s way brought death, whereas God’s way brings life. Every day we, like Cain, are faced with the creature of sin crouching at our door waiting, waiting for us to choose. So let us not take the beast’s intentions lightly. Let us choose to do right: A choice which is available to everyone who accepts the gift of God which is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. For in Christ as the apostle Paul has penned:

 “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

Today, I thank God that in Christ I have the power to recognize and master sin that daily crouches at my door. And I pray that God grants me the heart that desires each and every day to do what is right in His sight. In Christ’s name I ask. Amen.

Have a great week y’all.

 

About Ezar

I'm in love with my dreams, married to success and having an affair with life ;) I live for the moments you can't put into words and I dont look back...unless there's a good view.

Posted on August 17, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 60 Comments.

  1. If we know that the eye of the Lord is in every place beholding the evil and the good, and that He will bring every work to judgment, we will live accordingly. Such weighty thoughts are valuable, for “by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil” (Proverbs 16:6).

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  2. Even if we do not know the Bible, we know in our heart of hearts about the true nature of sin and that it will lead to death and destruction. For example, I smoked cigarettes for many years. I knew it was a bad choice for me, but I continued to do it. I did not want to hear my smoker’s cough because it would remind me of my end state of a shorter life. I knew that my smoking was self-destructive and it would be a contributing cause to my early death. At the same time, I did not want someone “preaching” to me about not smoking. I did not want to be reminded that this short-term pleasure would eventually lead to a shorter life. All of us can get right hateful when we are reminded of the ultimate consequences of our sin. This is because when we are reminded of the end results of our sins that reminder gets in the way of the immediate pleasures of our sin. In this case we are trying to get a little pleasure and satisfaction from sin, but we are confronted with the harsh reality of Truth. We realize that the path we have chosen leads to death.

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  3. I have question about sin. Why do some people excuse and justify even the vilest of sins by making up unbiblical statements like “A sin is a sin”? Where is the chapter and verse in the Bible for such sayings? If there is no difference between the types of sins, then why did Paul make a distinction when he named the “works of the flesh” in several places in the Scriptures, and specifically warns us not to be deceived, because they which do such will not inherit the kingdom of God? Its just a question that runs through my mind once in while.
    Amen to your prayers, Ezar. Have a good week too.

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    • Let my try and give an answer. In Matthew 5:21-28 , Jesus equates committing adultery with having lust in your heart and committing murder with having hatred in your heart. However, this does not mean the sins are equal. What Jesus was trying to get across to the Pharisees is that sin is still sin even if you only want to do the act, without actually carrying it out. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day taught that it was okay to think about anything you wanted to, as long as you did not act on those desires. Jesus is forcing them to realize that God judges a person’s thoughts as well as his actions. Jesus proclaimed that our actions are the result of what is in our hearts (Matthew 12:34 ). So, although Jesus said that lust and adultery are both sins, that does not mean they are equal. It is much worse to actually murder a person than it is to simply hate a person, even though they are both sins in God’s sight. There are degrees to sin. Some sins are worse than others. At the same time, in regard to both eternal consequences and salvation, all sins are the same. Every sin will lead to eternal condemnation ( Romans 6:23 ). All sin, no matter how “small,” is against an infinite and eternal God, and is therefore worthy of an infinite and eternal penalty.Further, there is no sin too “big” that God cannot forgive it. Jesus died to pay the penalty for sin ( 1 John 2:2 ). Jesus died for all of our sins ( 2 Corinthians 5:21 ). Are all sins equal to God? Yes and no. In severity? No. In penalty? Yes. In forgivability? Yes.

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    • The idea that “all sins are equal in God’s eyes” comes from the idea that any one sin will lead to death. If we commit a single sin, we are as guilty (in God’s eyes) as if we had committed the worst sin–regardless of which sin we committed. It’s based on the idea that God’s holiness is so extreme, that even one transgression is greater than he can accept. This idea is supported with two key verses James 2:10 (NIV) For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it andRomans 3:23 (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Therefore, even the smallest sin prevents us from attaining the perfection that God calls us to seek. One single sin is as great as the worst sin.
      Amen, Ezar.

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      • Good point, Mary Ann. Essentially, any one sin is sufficient to keep us from God, but all sins are not the same.

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  4. Amen Ezar, have a good week too.
    @Anonymous The issue does not lie in the sin itself but in the circumstances that accompany it. Let me briefly illustrate this point, reminding ourselves again, that any sin that remains unforgiven, according to the divinely prescribed manner, is deadly. A sin of “presumption” is greater than a sin committed “unwittingly” because the former issues from an arrogant spirit, while the latter is done out of ignorance.
    Some sins are “greater” because of the consequences they bear. A man who hates his brother is, in principle, a murderer (1 John 3:15); and, should such a disposition be sustained, he will be lost. The hater may not, however, suffer any temporal penalty for the malicious attitude. On the other hand, the person who commits an actual murder may be imprisoned for years or even executed. The latter sin is more serious in terms of the immediate price to be paid. The Christian who abandons the faith, goes back into the world, making no effort to restrain sinning, is committing a greater sin than the poor soul who does not know the gospel. This clearly is the implication of Hebrews 10:26-31; 2 Peter 2:20-21. The former text mentions the “sorer punishment” of the apostate, while the latter passage speaks of the “last state” as being “worse” than the “first” — possibly suggesting that he will be harder to reach with the truth, and certainly indicating a greater condemnation (Luke 12:47-48).
    One sin may be greater than another in terms of its destructiveness. It is one thing to sin privately and so forfeit the blessings provided by the Creator for one’s temporal and eternal welfare; it is quite another thing to live with such reckless abandon that others are spiritually wounded and arrive at last beyond the pale of redemption.
    Finally, there appears to be an intensification of evil between the person who merely falls into sin through weakness, and that of the degenerate, calloused individual who shamelessly mocks things sacred. Many scholars have called attention to the progressiveness of evil depicted in Psalm 1.
    Some of the most villainous renegades upon this earth are former “ministers” who have alienated themselves from the faith to become slanderous critics of the Creator, his holy law, and his people. Their lips drip anti-God venom with almost every syllable they utter. The “pricked/cut” heart, even in the sinner, is of a far different nature than the “seared/branded” one that has become “past feeling”.These examples certainly are far from exhaustive; they are, however, illustrative. The important thing to keep in mind is that every sin is damaging, and the conscientious Christian must strive to avoid it at all cost, living continuously in the mode of repentance and prayer. And one must remain mindful of the fact that even a child of God can drift into progressively dangerous currents. God bless you.

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  5. In reply to anonymous – God does point out though that there are degrees of sin in regards to punishment. The sin of deceiving (or trying to deceive) God’s church (through false teaching, etc) is shown to be the most serious sin, with a special punishment including “blackest darkness”. It’s hard to image that their can be worse torments in Hell than the unquenchable fire and despair that await all who go there. In another way, in the area of earthly consequences, there are also degrees of sin. The Bible shows us that all sin has consequences (read the Old and New Testaments). Some sins have greater consequences. Needless to say, the sin of committing adultery of the heart (thinking lustful thoughts) has consequences affecting only one person versus committing the act of adultery (sex outside of marriage) which has consequences affecting two persons…Matt 5:27-28). God’s forgiveness for sin (if sought) does not mean that the earthly consequences (big or small) for that sin necessarily go away.

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  6. Ezar, Where do I start from? The prea hers in this blog have answered well. To my young church mind there is no “small” sin. We may think one worse than others, but in God’s pure eyes, all sin is wicked. I do know that for some reason, most have weighted some sins “heavier” than others. A robbery of a million naira is seen as wicked and terrible, but the theft of a pen from work is barely even thought of as sin. Still, both are examples of the sin of thievery. In God’s eyes, both committers are equally thieves. Sin is still sin, no matter how serious we think the iniquity. None of our sin is taken lightly by God

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  7. Chuks,of all d comments/preaching,i agree with u.Sin is sin,spot is spot,blemish is blemish,wrinkle is wrinkle.God did not say in Genesis dat big/small sin is at d door.He said SIN is at d door.The degree of judgement is for d Righteous Judge to decide on,on d day of judgement.However,we are commanded not to SIN(no ‘obele sin’or ‘oke sin’).We shouldn’t concern with d equality of sin.Those dat have d intention to sin try to make some sins lighter than others.SIN IS SIN!!!

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  8. Pls i think this post is about sin…general sin.As a Christian,i strive to be spotless,without d smallest stain….ab-stain frm sin….sin is sin.The ones people call ‘small sins’ are d most dangerous.So who are we to judge which sin is small or big.

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  9. Haba,lets address the theme of d post,’Ebola Sin’which is worse than’Ebola Virus’.Why?Ebola virus can only destroy the body on while the ebola called sin can destroy both body nd soul in hell fire if the victim never repented.That is d essense of d post.When we categorize sin,we confuse nd scare away d unbelievers from d gospel truth.Rem.dat d unbelievers also follow this blog.

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  10. Bro John,u are right.If people should run away frm ebola sin in d same way we run away from ebola virus,wearing d whole armour of God frm head to toe like d doctors do,then Nigeria will be a better place for all.

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  11. @Chidi…heard dat in Enugu,some wear gloves around nd lab coats to keep them away from d deadly virus.Indeed,wearing d whole armour of God will keep us away from sin nd d consequences.This is a good post for d season.Ezar,bless u!

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  12. Good post,good comparison…Ebola sin/ebola virus,Biohazard/sinhazard.

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  13. Ezar,i like d urgency,considering d last post dat is barely a week.Right post at d right time,praying dat we get d message nd dont play with sin.

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  14. The post make senseoooo.Never thot about the ebola virus in relation to sin.To think of it,sin is d deadliest in d sight of d thrice Holy God. Holy,Holy,Holy,Lord God Almighty;who was,who is,nd who is to come!Come nd help us to live right.

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  15. The Bible says we should flee every appearance of evil,just as health workers have told us to flee every appearance(sweat,cough,blood,diarrhoea)of d deadly ebola virus.

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  16. @anonymous,i pray dat u remain anonymous.U write like those dat studied comparative religion or a new-ager.The Bible gives understanding to d simple.If u didnt see d chapter nd verse dat sin is sin,then believe ur belief…end of discussion.Dont confuse the weak in faith.

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  17. Emma my brother i agree.Anonymous veered off course.Ezar is talking about sin nd not the types of sin a.k.a small sin,big sin,moderate sin,black sin,white sin,youth sin,adult sin.,servant sin,masters sin,boys sin,girls sin,men sin,women sin…hahahaaa.You may check d chapter nd verse…perhaps u will see them or not see them.

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  18. My earnest desire is to master SIN nd the family members from d least to d greatest….how about that.

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  19. Freda,u are funny.I also think dat SIN is d surname while Small is d 1st name,nd Big is d middle name…..same person(personified Sin)dat is at d door,nd dat Ezar is talking about.

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  20. Enoughooo.Lets talk about d horrific nd deadly nature of sin,nd which our Lord Jesus paid an awful penalty to redeem us frm its deadly grip on humanity.That is d topic of this timely post.More contributions/comments in d light of this.

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  21. God help me too to live a life above sin, Amen. Have a great week too!

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  22. In time of old,leprosy typified sin.Perhaps today,ebola would be used to typify sin in our time.Good post!

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  23. Whether leprosy or ebola,i see only the ugliness of sin with death as its consequence spiritually,or physically,or both!Very awful indeed!

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  24. Lord,help me to master/exercise dominion over sin so dat it does not master or have dominion over me…..Therefore do not let sin reign in ur mortal body so dat u obey its evil desires(Romans 6:12).

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  25. Ezar,i wouldnt want dat monster at my door,how much more letting it into my life.It will be disaster! I love d pictures.

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  26. How so often we abuse/despise d grace of God nd play with deadly sin….For sin shall not be your master,b/c you are not under law,but under grace(Romans 6:14).Lord,help me to co-operate with ur grace nd live above sin.

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  27. Lord,i need ur great grace to overcome that besetting sin in my life dat stubbornly overwhelms me.Grace,grace,grace unto it(Zech4:7b).

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  28. Ezar,wen i saw d word,Biohazard,i wondered where u were coming from as an environmentalist or as a scientist.I never thot of Sin.That was good…though not VERY short.But d word sin is very short,nd mighty!

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  29. Ezar,d pictures make sense.The 1st one is as frightening as sin.We need ‘sin-fright sermons’ for Holy nd Righteous living.What will it profit us to gain d whole world through ‘prosperity sermons’nd lose our soul through careless living/a life of sin?

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  30. Just as we have sin-survivors who received healing for their backsliding,so do we have ebola survivors dat have received their healing.Lord may all backsliders/ebola patients receive their healing in Jesus name,Amen!

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  31. If you want to avoid the sin, then avoid the situations that give you an opportunity to sin. Don’t play with temptation and then claim that the devil made you do it. That is a lie that you may be telling yourself, but you know it is not true. We often bring the temptation and sin upon ourselves. Claim the power of Romans 13:14 and have confidence that the God who wrote this in His Word has the power to help you apply it in your life.

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  32. Goodmorning, Ezar. I thank God for his saving grace upon my life. I was once addicted to sin, you know. I can say from experience that sin, which brings death to the soul, is yet sweet to the taste. The more we sin the more perverted becomes our taste, the more clamorous for further indulgence. But these stolen waters of sinful pleasure are not always sweet. Pleasant though they may be at the first, they will become bitter indeed, I know. The power of sin actually lies in it’s pleasure.

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    • Yes. The chains of sin are to light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.

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    • Do you see this? No-one falls, no-one backslides, in a flash! It doesn’t just happen right away, there are small little steps where people become desensitised to sin and to the world, and to the things of the world – and before they know it, they are taking bigger steps into sin a

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  33. I shared this storyvwith youths in my church: It is said that a flippant young man once remarked to a preacher in mocking fashion, “You say that unsaved people carry a great weight of sin. Frankly, I feel nothing. How heavy is sin? Ten pounds? Fifty pounds? Eighty pounds? A hundred pounds?” The preacher thought for a moment, then replied, “If you laid a four hundred-pound weight on a corpse, would it feel the load?” The young man was quick to say, “Of course not; it’s dead” Driving home his point, the preacher said, “The person who doesn’t know Christ is equally dead. And though the load is great, he feels none of it”
    Now, may I stress that the Christian, unlike the average non-Christian, is not indifferent to the weight of sin. He is actually hypersensitive to it. Having come to Jesus Christ, his senses are awakened to the reality of sin. His sensitivity to sin intensifies as he matures spiritually. Such sensitivity prompted a saint as great as Chrysostom, the fourth-century church Father, to say he feared nothing but sin. May we all be sensitive to sin in the mighty name of Jesus

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  34. Nigeria is full of lying spirits.We tell lies with so much ease.I am training myself not to lie.It has not been easy…i falter once in a while.But it is worth trying…Lord pls help me!

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  35. Woe to d world b/c of d things dat cause people to sin(eg your hand or ur foot,or ur eye).Cut them off nd throw them away.Enter life without them than to have them nd be thrown into eternal fire(Matt18:7-9).

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  36. In d areas of our weakness,we can strengthen them with covenants to overcome sin like Job did….”I made a covenant with mine eyes;why then should i think upon a maid?”-(Job31:1).By this covenant,he gouged out his eyes nd was blind to maids/daughters of d land.Make covenants with d areas of ur life dat are prone to sin,to help you master them.

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  37. Bro Tunji,i hail u.Indeed only by a covenant can we overcome d alluring power of d daughters of d land.The enemies of a christian brother are food,sleep,money nd women…but d greastest of them is the women.May God help us!

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  38. Sexual sins are pleasure driven.Do we realize dat the pleasures of sin are for a MOMENT?Why gamble with ur soul?Bro Moses was wise to have chosen to subdue his flesh than to enjoy d PLEASURES OF SIN for a season(Heb11:25).Dear brethren,don’t sell ur birthright for d pleasures of sin! Don’t gamble with ur soul!

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  39. Many are so presumptuous about God’s love to judge sin,nd therefore continue to sin with impunity.But the Bible says ..Behold both d goodness nd severity of God;to those dat sin,severity;but to those who walk in d light of d Word of God they have received,His goodness,if we continue to live in His goodness(Romans11:22).Never be presumptuous of God’s Character!

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  40. The attitude i hate most as a Christian is d issue of Christian levity…’I can sin now nd confess later.God is merciful nd will always forgive.’This is taking God for granted!

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  41. A high profile politician felt he had arrived nd forgot his ROOT,His God.He cheated on his wife nd treated her with contempt.He enjoyed d pleasures of sin with strange women.One fateful day he fell ill, nd tested positve for d HIV virus.Whatever we sow,we must surely reap.Its just a matter of time!

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  42. As godly women,we shouldn’t revenge our husband’s infidelity by cheating on him…two wrongs can’t make a right.Rather,we should hand him over to God,trusting God for His grace to bear the reproach.In due season,he will surely reap.We can mock man,but God cannot be mocked!

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  43. Hahahaaaa…man can Master any course!Why can’t we master sin?We have d grace to do so,b/c God told us to do it.Brethren,pls lets MASTER SIN so dat it does not master us.

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  44. On a lighter note,what will be d Master’s degree…MS or Msin?

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  45. Men are so chained to the sin of sexual immorality.Can we ever do without sex or live as celibates like apostle Paul to serve God WHOLE-HEARTEDLY?No wonder d Bible calls such overwhelming sin,BESETTING SIN.

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  46. Sexual sin knows no gender.It is also common amongst women.Now,sexual pervasion is trending with d no.of gays/lesbians on d increase,nd many having reprobate minds dat are sold out to pervasion,doing what is unnatural.

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  47. Haven’t u heard dat the Word of God dat we know nd do will keep us away frm sin,nd sin will keep us away from d Bible.I choose to stay on d Word,to keep away frm sin.It is a matter of choice.Choose to stay on d Word…to study nd not browse over.

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  48. It pays to live righteously,nd not in sin.You have peace nd joy in d Holy Ghost.Above all,u remain rapturable at any time d Lord may choose to come.

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  49. Each time,i consciously examine my heart,nd bring myself under d cleansing power of d Blood of Jesus,having no unconfessed sin.Like d Psalmist,i also pray…O Lord,search me nd know my heart,try me nd know my thoughts nd see if there be any wicked way in me,nd lead me in d path of life(Psalm139:23,24).

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  50. We are more remorseful than repentant.Yes,each time we sin,we are very sorry but are not willing to turn around to bear fruits worthy of repentance.God demands Godly sorrow dat leads to repentance(2 Corinth 7:9,10).

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