Sin, Sorrow & Repentance: Part 1

Written by Doug Giles on May 30, 2019

Feeling tempted? Before you justify that betrayal of God’s high moral standards by saying ‘but he did it’… check this out.

When we look into scripture, we see the recorded lives of lions of the faith, and it even shows us when they totally blew it.

On the plus side, that fact can be a great source of comfort when we do the same. They shared a frail human nature just like ours. (See: James 5:17)

On the dark side, that same fact can be weaponized against us, leading us to excuse and justify our own failings. ‘It’s not so bad’ we might say, ‘even Peter did it’. Or, ‘it’s not so bad, even David did it;…

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Oh really?

Did you happen to notice we never say ‘even Esau did it’ or ‘even Judas did it’? (Or better still, how about Ananias and Sapphira?) Of course we don’t, because THOSE stories don’t help us excuse and justify our favorite sins.

The device of the devil discussed in this episode is to have us remember the SINS of the Biblical saints, but not their REPENTANCE… and the sometimes staggering cost of getting back on track with God, emotional or otherwise.

Satan presents to us the best men’s sins, and hides from us their virtues; he shows us their sins and hides from us their sorrows and repentance. El Diablo sets before us the adultery of David, the pride of Hezekiah, the impatience of Job, the drunkenness of Noah, the blasphemy of Peter, etc., and then hides from us the tears, the sighs, the groans, the meltings, the humblings, and repentings of these men of God.

(Wait until you hear what was said about what Peter went through every single morning.)

There are quotes in this week’s Warriors & Wildmen that you’ve probably never heard before, and almost certainly never heard preached from a pulpit in the last two decades.

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Because one thing’s for sure, after listening to this, all the favorite excuses so many of us hide behind are going to be shredded.

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…Scary as hell.

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