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Making a break with sin

If we follow the natural flow of life we will be going in the way of sin. For us to get ourselves sorted out in life we have to determine to make a break with sin. The vast majority of people just drift with the circumstances and situations in which they are found. Thus they never break away from ignoring God and being indifferent to His ways.

It is said of Johoahaz, son of Jehu, who was king over Israel for seventeen years, that He did evil in the eyes of the Lord by following the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit, and he did not turn away from them (2 Kings 13:2). Such a phrase is used at least a further ten times to describe the conduct of other kings of Israel.

We must notice that Johahaz did not decide to enter the way set by Jeroboam. Rather he just did not turn away from them. The majority of lives are messed up and destined for hell because people have never thought that they are engaging in behaviour which is repulsive to God. So many people quietly settle into a life of supressed despair. They think this is what everyone else does so I must do the same. There is no turning away form the patterns which have been set in previous generations.

Accordingly there are so many who just thoughtlessly practice the religion of their ancestors and contemporaries thinking that so many cannot have been so wrong for so long. And amidst all this quiet despair reigns.

Oh how we all need to remember that there is a great LORD God to whom we all must answer. And he has a better way. A way of life. So if we renounce sin an cling to the Christ who died to exterminate sin then we can have a new life. A life of purpose.

But we have to take action we have to do something like Joshua who said

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Josh. 24:25)

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