Are You Aware There Is Something Worse Than A Highly Infectious Deadly Virus Nearly Everywhere?
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The intensity of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has caught the world by surprise. The reality of this fast-spreading, life-threatening virus is heartbreaking. For all those that have lost a loved one or have loved ones who have been infected by the Coronavirus, our prayers are with you.
People are experiencing various levels of anxiety regarding the current state and future of our country and the world. This virus-induced anxiety has caused panic for many. Due to the gravity of the virus, we all must be as cautious as possible!
But I ask, what is worse than a deadly virus? What I’m referring to is far more severe than a virus, as it yields a depressingly high rate of 100% mortality. It is something that is nearly everywhere you go. Most people are infected with it, not knowing it is killing them. So, what is worse than a virus? SIN! Sin manifests itself in a person’s heart. This is not to downplay the severity of COVID-19, but to give warning of what the Bible says in the following two passages.
“The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.”
- Ezekiel 18:20-21
Death and Die in this passage means [a spiritual death, eternal separation from God and eternal suffering].
“For the wages of sin is DEATH…”- Romans 6:23a
To slow the spread of COVID-19, people are staying at home as much as possible, washing their hands more frequently, avoiding visiting family (especially those at high risk), and taking other precautionary measures. There are so many procedures and guidelines in place to protect our fellow neighbors and ourselves. What about the deadly infection of sin that afflicts everyone alive? What actions are being done to cure the infection of sin and to prevent the spread of sin in your life, in your family’s lives, and in your community?
Sin in a person’s heart causes separation between the individual and God (Isaiah 59:2a). Simply put, sin is breaking God’s laws (1 John 3:4). Another way to commit sin is by neglecting to do what you know is right (James 4:17). One sin often leads to many more. How many times can we look back to a time when we got involved in sin because a friend was involved in sin? Sin is infectious and destroys lives. When our sinful life is not remedied, the results are devastating. Romans 6:23 says, “for the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Sin is more serious than a deadly virus and that demands action now!
Thinking we will get better in time or as we mature is like drinking poison that needs an antidote, yet believing that we will recover without the cure! We need a cure for sin—now! When a cure is developed for a disease or virus, anyone who is diagnosed will want to begin treatment and receive the cure immediately.
Thankfully, at the end of Romans 6:23, the cure for sin is given! Do you want the cure now knowing that if there is sin in your life, you are in real trouble and will be spiritually lost forever if you die in this condition?
Two-thousand years ago, the Son of God came to earth as a human. He lived an exemplary life and died in His early thirties. Three days after His death, the grave where His body once laid was left barren, with only the burial clothes left behind. Jesus Christ died an agonizing death of crucifixion on a cross, rising from the dead three days later, bringing the cure for our sin sick souls to a possible reality (Mark 14-16)! Jesus suffered for our sins, that those who would seek Him for forgiveness could be saved. His death in our place created a cure for our sin-filled broken lives. (Ephesians 1:7; Romans 6:4b). There is a cure for the disease of sin!
Many people think of horrible sins (such as murder, rape, theft, drug abuse, etc.) and compare themselves to the people who commit those sins. In comparison, we conclude that we’re doing okay… we’re a good person in comparison to those who are the worst among us. However, James writes, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10). God doesn’t require us to be good, He tells us to be holy and to be like him (1 Peter 1:16). Are you living Holy before God and man? If not, don’t worry – the same power of God that raised Jesus from the grave, can raise you from being dead in trespasses and sins. Then after you have been cured, that supernatural power of the Holy Spirit who lives in every Christian will enable you to keep the commands of God! You never need to be alone again!
Maybe you were raised in a home that believes in God, so you claim Christianity as your religion or have some other religion. Perhaps your parents were religious, never missing a religious gathering. Or, maybe you grew up in a home where God and Jesus were only additions to the list of curse words said. Wherever you fall on this spectrum – devout religious background or no religious background – God is calling you to repent of your sins, turn to Him, and put your faith in Jesus Christ to inherit Eternal Life! The only cure for the eternal deathly infection of sin is the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for you!
So, I ask again, what actions are you taking to prevent the spread of sin in your life? Do you know that if you are committing sins you have an infection that will eternally kill you? Have you received the cure for your sins yet?
To those who have sins in their lives, you need the cure. If you profess to be saved and still continue sinning, you are deceived if you think you have salvation while continuing in sin. Hebrews 10:26 states, “for if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.” Please seek God for forgiveness of your sins and be made new and whole in Christ Jesus. Here are some important steps to being saved from your sins:
1. Confess – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Acknowledge that you are a sinner and need Jesus to cleanse the sin that is in you. Confess each sin you can remember, and generally mention all the ones you can't remember. If you’re holding out or denying any sins, God will know and help bring it to your mind. You cannot blame anyone else for your sins. It’s time to OWN up to YOUR sins!
2. Repent – “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation…” (2 Corinthians 7:10a). "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel" (Mark 1:15). Repentance is more than asking for forgiveness, it’s going farther than a simple “sorry.” To repent, you need to have godly sorrow for the sins you have committed and a determination to give them up entirely with God’s help!
3. Believe – "... Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…" (from Acts 16:30-31). This last step is to put full faith in Jesus Christ for forgiveness. This biblical “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ” is supernatural and only comes as you have been faithful to acknowledge your sins (confession), and genuinely repent. Without true confession and repentance, you will not experience life changing believing-faith in Jesus Christ that brings about true conversion. Jesus said: “…Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Being converted clearly denotes a change, so it’s not simply believing He exists! This ability to fully believe is a supernatural move of God on a genuine heart in response to your admittance of your sins and sorrowful willingness to cease all sin. This believing in Jesus is a deep belief, the type of belief that one affirms with his lifestyle and a willingness not to forsake this conviction even unto death. Multitudes believe that Jesus exists and that he is the son of God, but they have never been changed (saved, converted, born-again) and still live in sin.
The Bible says in James 2:17-20:
“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”
So, if someone only believes Jesus exists and is the son of God but continues in sin, they are no more saved than devils. Are you truly saved? Do you have victory over your sins?
When you truly get saved you will be different. The Bible clearly defines a new life in these two passages:
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
- 2 Corinthians 5:17
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”
- Romans 8:13-16
The reality of salvation sometimes comes with great feelings of joy, but feelings alone are not the witness of the Holy Spirit you are saved. The witness of the Holy Spirit that you are a son of God is that you will have a deep-rooted faith in knowing you are saved and your life will definitely be different with victory over habitual sins and a fresh desire to be in the word of God and in fellowship with genuine Christians.
Please do not let the infection of sin exist in your being and after you have been cured, witness to your friends and family of their need of true salvation and purity from all sin that comes through Jesus Christ. Failure to share the truth of salvation to others would be sin, because you are neglecting to do what you know to be right (James 4:17). You can be a help to those around you to help them get free from sin!
If you have not prayed yet or are not sure you are saved, please pray now. Remember: (1) confess, (2) repent, (3) believe. If you have prayed and know you are saved, you need to be discipled. Please visit this webpage http://Discipleship.EvangelismMission.com and watch the discipleship videos there. You will also find resources to help you develop a good devotional life.
Remember, being a steady witness to those around you of what God has done for you through His Son, Jesus Christ, will not only help them, but will strengthen your resolve to keep walking with Christ. You will find resources of how to be a good witness at http://Training.EvangelismMission.com.
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It was preached by Rodney Keister on April 19, 2020
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