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Don't Do It!

Don’t Do It!

Consequences are things we rarely consider until it is too late. We just do it. But even the smaller issues of life, like having an extra piece of chocolate cake, has its consequences.

It is difficult for most of us to consider the long and short term outcome of our actions. Courses of action that look appealing "inspire" us. But in considering consequences, we must analyze where our inspiration comes from. Are we being inspired by God or tempted by Satan? One way to tell the difference is that Satan will offer lots of reasons why we should do something; whereas, the Holy Spirit may give no explanation other than a warning, “Don’t do it!”

Hearing and obeying God’s command requires love for Him, faith in His character, and trust in His Word. We must remember and obey what He said when the tempter brings his doubts and deception. We see the first example of this in the Garden of Eden. God warned Adam that the ultimate consequence of disobedience, which is sin, is death.

Genesis 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

God gave Adam enough information to live forever, but here comes the tempter. Satan never advertises the disadvantages of sin, but denies them and seeks to blind us to them. Satan’s appeal to Eve encouraged her to sin by telling her of the benefits of sin, while denying its consequences. Satan always denies God’s Word.

Genesis 3:4-5 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

To be like God—now that is appealing! What could be wrong with that? So Eve takes a bite. When she doesn’t immediately die, Adam figures God didn’t mean what He said or maybe he misunderstood God. So he also takes a bite. Suddenly they lose their innocence and receive the knowledge of good and evil. Man can’t handle this knowledge properly.

Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil.  

It appears to us that sinners get away with disobedience. Some sinners even appear to prosper. Another reason we don’t consider the consequences of sin is because of God’s patience. Therefore, if you don’t accept that God will judge your sin—if you don’t believe He’s faithful to His Word—you’ll try to see how far you can go.  You’ll keep pushing the edge to see how long you can indulge your lust.

The law of sin and its consequences are established by God. We can only ignore it to our eternal hurt or obey it to our eternal blessing. A patient God gives time for repentance between the acts of sin and the consequences of sin. We should not enter into unbelief about the consequences of sin when we don’t see immediate results or problems.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise as some understand slowness. He is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Every action has consequences to it. Therefore, nothing should be judged by its initial enticements. This is easily seen in overeating. We don’t immediately become over-weight or suffer health problems; nevertheless, the consequences of gluttony begin to take effect. Eventually, our sin will be exposed for all to see. So if we don’t want anyone to find out what sin we are committing, don’t do it!

Luke 12:2-3 Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

Habits and bondages are also consequences of sin. The enemy tells us “one time won’t hurt and no one will know about it.” However, the pleasure of sin is like eating potato chips—we can’t eat just one. Once we sin and seemingly get away with it, it is easy to do it again to get the same pleasure. We may become disgusted with our lack of resistance, but we find can’t quit. We have become slaves to our sin.

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.

When we yield to temptation, demonic spirits take control of our will instead of the Holy Spirit. Only Jesus can deliver us from evil and set us free. We must go to Him for grace to repent and for courage to crucify our flesh, which is life-long discipline.

Romans 6:6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

Have we made this decision about sin—that it must be killed right out in us? It takes a long time to come to a moral decision about sin, but it is the great moment in our life when we do decide that just as Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world, so sin must die out in me—not be curbed or suppressed or counteracted—but crucified.

No one can bring anyone else to this decision. We may be earnestly convinced, and religiously convinced, but what we need to do is get alone with God every day and make the moral decision that sin in us must be put to death.

Romans 6:9-11 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

I cannot consider myself “dead to sin” unless I have been through this radical issue of my sin before God. Like Jesus in Gethsemane, I must die to my will. Then I can claim, Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Eternal life is not a gift from God. Eternal life is the gift of God.  When once we make the decision to be identified with Jesus, the life that was in Jesus is made ours as we crucify our sin and are filled with the Holy Spirit. If it is difficult to get right with God, it is because we will not decide definitely about crucifying sin. Immediately we do decide, the full life of God comes in. Jesus came to give us endless supplies of life—that we might be filled with all the fullness of God. Eternal life is the life which Jesus lived when He was down here. Now He wants to live in us. The only source of eternal life is the Lord Jesus Christ.

The weakest saint can experience the power of the Holy Spirit once he is willing to “let go” and die to self. Any strand of our own energy and righteousness will blur the life of Jesus. We have to keep letting go, and slowly and surely the great full life of God will invade us in every part, and men will take knowledge of us that we have been with Jesus.

Ephesians 5:1-21 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Sexual immorality is rampant in our day, and the world approves of it. We should not consider the world’s opinion, but consider the consequences outlined in God’s Word. Three of the first nine chapters of Proverbs are dedicated to the subject of sexual morality and marital faithfulness. This emphasis is for good reason. Consider the high percentage of unwed mothers, fatherless children, broken marriages, the increase of AIDS, venereal disease, rape, incest, homosexuality, and transgenderism. These are all the consequences of ignoring God’s Word, listening to the lies of Satan, and committing sin.

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

The word “way” points to a person’s lifestyle. It is a continued pattern that takes in all the places he goes, the people he associates with, the work he does, the entertainment he pursues, his whole life scene. There is a course of life which seems very appealing, so man in his self-deception pursues it with vim and vigor only to find out, in the end, the final result is he has walked in the way of death. By “death” is meant a broad range of unhappy experiences from simple trouble, to premature departure from this life, to eternity in Hell.

The choice of this “way” describes the course most people choose, since most select a lifestyle from a basis other than God’s Word. According to the philosophy of the world, the exercise of self-determination is commendable. But to God, our way is never right. Our way leads to death. To gain life, our self-will must be subordinated to His will, as our Savior submissively prayed in Gethsemane’s Garden, "Not My will, but Yours, be done" (Luke 22:42).

Regardless of how painful the surrender of our will may seem, obedience to God saves us from greater pain and unhappiness in this world and eternal loss in the world to come.

Regarding salvation, many people believe, "As long as I’m sincere, do good, and don’t harm anyone else, I’ll come out all right in the end." They believe they can get to heaven by their good works; but no matter how right their way may seem, it’s "the way of death."

Jesus said, John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me".

Christ is the way to Heaven, all other ways lead to damnation. God makes a firm promise that He will help those who live faithfully for Him and punish those live for themselves.

2 Peter 2:9-10 the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority.

Do you indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority? Do you read romance novels or look at pornographic pictures, believing you are not hurting anyone? Consider the consequences. Do you believe it is OK to get high from drugs or alcohol? Consider the consequences. Do you despise rules and rebel against your parents, teachers, supervisors, husband, other authorities, and ultimately, God’s Word? Consider the consequences—punishment until the day of judgment.

The pleasure of sin is short-lived. The consequences of sin is lasting. A visit to where the homeless hangout will convince you, if nothing else does, that "the way of the transgressor is hard" (Proverbs 13:15b). Remember the fellow we call the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-19)? He started with pleasure and riotous living, then went to poverty and misery. The Holy Spirit cries out in the streets, “Don’t do it!”

Galatians 6:7-9 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

You may repent and be forgiven of your sins before you leave here today. But there may be some consequences to those sins that will last the rest of your life. Your sin has a lasting impact on others as well. It has a negative effect on: your spouse, your children, your extended family, your friends, your church, your school, your community, your place of employment. Every area in your sphere of influence is affected by your sin! There are people that at one time you may have had an influence, and now, that influence is damaged beyond repair. Not only will there be some permanent consequences, there will be some painful consequences. In spite of God’s forgiveness, the pleasure of sin is not worth the consequences!

One of the worst consequences of our sin is that we are not just damaging our reputation and witness, we are dishonoring the name of our Father in Heaven. This has a great impact on the people of God. But it also has an impact on unbelievers as well. If God were to allow us to get by with sin and not address it, the heathen would see our hypocrisy and say that the Lord was unfair in His judgment of sin.

1 Peter 4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

As believers, we are “ambassadors for Christ”. How well are you representing Him today? Or would you be honest and admit that temptation came and you fell into sin. That sin began to grow and you went farther and farther away from the Father. You began to do things that you once said you would never do. You began to go places that you never thought you would go.

Do you realize the negative impact you are having on others and the name of your Heavenly Father? There are consequences for your disobedience, but you have a Father who is merciful and desires to restore you right here and right now.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Christian, your Father in Heaven has been patient with you. He wants you to come to Him for deliverance from evil, for cleansing of sin, for forgiveness, and for restoration. We have spent enough time doing the things unbelievers do, thinking we won’t suffer the consequences. Repent and die to sin today while you still have time.

If you have never given your life to Jesus, the consequence is death and eternity in Hell. Jesus came to save you from this. To have life and eternal life in Heaven, give your life to Jesus and believe in Him as your Lord and Savior. Begin dying to self by being baptized and you will be born again of the Holy Spirit, who will say every time the devil tempts you, “Don’t do it!”  

Right now, He is saying “Give your life to Jesus.” Will you obey?