I was listening to a sermon on sanctification, and the preacher said “the devil does not lure us into sin so that we can enjoy or feel satisfied. His sole aim of luring us into sin is to separate us from God”.
I saw sin from a new perspective after I heard that preaching. Dear friends, to be frank, sin is very enjoyable. Sex before marriage is enjoyable, masturbating is enjoyable, watching porn is enjoyable, telling a lie to get out of trouble is enjoyable. We indulge in these acts because we derive certain pleasures from them. However, as the preacher has rightly said, the enjoyment is just a bait. The main intention of satan is to separate us from God. In case we don’t understand the gravity of being separated from God, let us examine a few:
1. We lose God’s divine protection: Ecclesiastes 10:8b (NKJV) “… whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent”. We break through our wall of protection when we sin. God is holy, and if we want Him to abide in and with us, we have to be holy. Satan knows that he cannot harm us in God’s territory, so he lures us outside The Camp and then,”Gbam!”, we become captives. To drive home my point, you are aware that satan had to take permission from God to be able to do anything to Job. We are God’s most precious possession, first, because we were created in His image, and second, because He paid a ransom for our lives with the blood of His only Son, Jesus. Therefore, it hurts Him when He sees us succumb to satan’s deceptions.
2. When we continue in sin,overtime, we get our consciences seared (insensitive), and we no longer feel guilty about fornicating or committing adultery. For every true child of God, each time we commit sin, we get our peace withdrawn because our conscience wouldn’t just let us go until we are remorseful and repentant. I have been in this kind of situation many times and I have come to appreciate the fact that God has placed in me a check. If one no longer feels remorse for committing a sin, then ones case has gone critical. The devil has succeeded in entrapping that individual and he is only waiting for the appropriate time to destroy that soul. Never forget the threefold ministry of satan in John 10:10: he has come to steal, to kill and to destroy.
3. We lose our royal dignity. 1Peter 2:9 says that we are a royal priesthood, Revelations 5:10 (MSG) also says “then you made them a Kingdom, Priests for our God, Priest-kings to rule over the earth”. That said, by virtue of our redemption, we are made Priest-kings. However, what sin does is to dethrone us. Like Esau who sold his birthright for a dish of pottage, we also sell our royalty for the fleeting pleasures of this world.
In conclusion, the devil is a schemer. Sometimes, I think he knows us (Christians) more than we know ourselves. For example, he told Eve that if she and her husband ate of the fruit of the forbidden tree, they would become like God. Eve didn’t know she was already a god and that was why she fell. Satan knows the authority we have in Christ and knows the glory present in heaven. Therefore, he tries his best to bait us with those things that we often times cannot resist so that we never get to experience all that God has planned out for us.
You know that “one thing”, such that when you are tempted with it, you will fall flat. It is like a thorn in the flesh. I have mine, Apostle Paul had his. However, we are programmed to be victorious. God assured Paul by saying “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” God is saying same to us too. We can’t fight masturbation by our will, no therapist can cure any form of addiction. It is the power of God released through grace that sets us free.
Merry Christmas Priest-kings! Never forget that Christ came to this world to reconcile us to God. Therefore, refuse to let the devil separate you from God. He is all you’ve got! Shalom!