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Would You Give A Murderer or Burglar The Keys To Your House?

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Would you give the keys to your house to a murderer or burglar?  Probably not.  Or so we think! 

John 10:10 clearly states,

“The thief commeth but to steal, kill and destroy.” 

Imagine this, knowingly or unknowingly, we actually give Satan the keys to our house! 

How do we do this? 

By falling into various temptations, and living a life of sin. 

James 4:7 says, 

“Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

As Christians, I’m sure most of us would never have a conversation with Satan, that goes like this:

“Hi Satan, come on in, make yourself at home, take whatever you like, kill my spirit and destroy my family!”

But that is exactly what we are doing when we are living in sin.

To get a clearer picture of what living in sin really looks like, let’s have a look at The Ten Commandments:

The Ten Commandments        (Exodus 20:3-17)

The First Commandment:  You shall have no other gods before me.

What this looks like: Idolatry, greed, covetousness, love of money, gluttony, complaining, not loving God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, tempting God, high-mindedness, disobedience, witchcraft, lover of self, putting family, friends, YOUR SPOUSE, job, or anything else above God including food, money, sports, TV, Internet pornography, movies, cars, attachment to riches or material goods and dozens of other things.

The Second Commandment: You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

What this looks like:  Love of money, greed, disobedience, covetousness, love of money, lover of self, putting family, friends, YOUR SPOUSE, job, or anything else above God, irreverent use of God’s Word, attachment to riches or material goods.

The Third Commandment:  You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain, irreverent use of God’s Word

What this looks like:  Cursing, swearing, blaspheming, breaking oath taken in God’s name, irreverent use of God’s name in humor, speaking evil of the church, taking communion or the Lord’s Supper in a careless manner or unworthily, anger at God, careless use of God’s name, euphemisms like “geez, gosh, oh my God” etc.

The Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

What this looks like:  Slothfulness, laziness, neglecting to assemble with the saints, profaning worship service, fighting or speaking evil of Christian brothers or sisters.

The Fifth Commandment: Honor your father and your mother,that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

What this looks like:  Cursing father or mother, dishonoring parents, breaking civil laws when taught by parents to do obey the laws, failing to take care of aged parents, failing to take care of sick parents, fighting with and/or speaking evil about siblings, striking or fighting with parents, disobeying parents, making fun of parents, filthy talk, speaking evil or badly of parents, and grandparents included in the aforementioned things.

The Sixth Commandment: You shall not murder.

What this looks like:  Murder, anger, hate, enmity, rage, brawling,  rioting, striker, unforgiving heart, wrath, unmerciful, dissensions, contentions, clamor, despitefulness, debate, arguing, fighting, abortion, divisions, strife, rivalries,

The Seventh Commandment: You shall not commit adultery.

What this looks like:  Adultery, fornication, sexual immorality, filthy talk, crude joking, whoremongers, defiling the body, homosexuality, sensuality, impurity, tempting others sexually, inordinate passion, corrupt language, effeminate, pornography, vulgar or crude jokes.

The Eighth Commandment:  You shall not steal.

What this looks like:  Stealing, bribery, extortion, slothfulness or laziness at work, defrauding, dishonesty, cheating, gambling,

The Ninth Commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

What this looks like:  Lying, gossiping, slandering, backbiting, spreading rumors, deceit, extortion, railing, slander, defrauding, breaking promises, craftiness, hypocrisy, dishonesty, whisperers, idle words, withhold all of the truth, double-tongued, bragging, boasting, flattery, exaggerating the truth, whining, speaking evil of others.

The Tenth Commandment:  You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.

What this looks like:  Coveting, envy, lust, jealousy, drunkenness, sorcery (Greek means drug abuse), materialism, wantonness, sensuality, gambling, revelings, attachment to riches or material goods, lawsuits against Christians, emulations, extortion, desire for money, desire for power, desire for sex (relating to sexual immorality), anger at other’s good fortunes, desiring things of others, flirting or playing with temptation.

God would like the keys to his house back!

If He lives in you, it IS HIS HOUSE!  (1 Corinthians 6:19) But He’s not just going to take them back.  He will instead wait ever so patiently for us to give them back.  Remember when Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door knocking.”?  (Revelation 3:20)  He’ll stand there however long it takes no matter the weather until you let Him in.  He is a gentleman after all. 

Romans 10:9 says,

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

Psalm 51 teaches us to repent of our sinful ways and ask the Lord’s forgiveness.

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving-kindness: according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions ; and my sin is ever before me. 

Against Thee only have I sinned and done this evil in Thy sight: that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest.  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.  Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in hidden part Thou shalt  make me to know wisdom. 

Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean:  wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 

Hide not Thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from Thy presence: take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. 

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation ; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.  Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee. 

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness.   O Lord, open Thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise. 

For Thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it, Thou delightest not in burnt offerings.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” 

Forgiveness and salvation are as near or far from your reach as you want them to be.  He’ll wait until forever comes, but why continue to suffer in darkness?

Remember my sweet sister, God loves you, as do I.  I will continue to pray for you each and every day.

Never stop loving, never stop hoping, never stop praying!

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