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How Sin Progresses - Walk, Stand, Sit


"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, stand in the way or sinners or sit in the seat of mockers' (Psa. 1;1).

We all know how "the lie" grows don't we...We tell what appears to be a little itty bitty untruth and are found out. We then face a choice...Fess up and take our medicine or try to cover our tracks. The covering of the tracks requires another lie and maybe another after that. It is such an old lesson that is best learned when we are young. In sadness and reality, it is often not.

Sin has a way of growing and progressing. Today's verse from the first Psalm shows one of the progressions. It goes from walking in sin, stopping and standing in it, and finally getting comfortable with it and sitting down. Look at the story of Joseph's brothers in Genesis 37. Their feeling toward Joseph started with jealously that evolved into hate and envy. It turned into a conspiracy that led them to throw him into a pit and then sell him into slavery. If that was not enough, they then had to cover their tracks by deceiving and lying to their dad. Quite a progression wasn't it?

The story of David's great sin(s) as told in 2 Samuel 11 started with idleness in the evening as he got out of bed to walk around on the roof. It progressed into lust and then having sex with a married woman. Then the plotting began to cover his tracks. His treacherous actions led to the death of good moral man. Another interesting progression..

If we follow the demise of Peter in Matthew 26, we find that it started with a brag. When confronted with the reality of the situation, Peter chose to follow from a distance as Jesus was taken away. He actually sat down with the guards to await the outcome. When a servant girl recognized him as one of Jesus' followers he denied it before them all. When confronted on the same issue again, he denied with an "oath." The third confrontation brought curses and swearing. Another progression unfolds.

Finally in the sin brought against the church of the first century, it all started with threats. (Acts 4:17) It progressed into putting Christians into prison. (Acts 5:18) Next came the beatings. (Acts 5:40) It culminated with the stoning to death of Stephen. (Acts 7:59) Wasn't this a deadly progression...

What do all of these examples have in common? If you said they could have been avoided by just "manning up" right in the beginning you get a gold star! Just admitting the first wrong would have avoided the tragic consequences that inevitably followed. If we didn't learn the lesson when we were young, its never too late...

Have a wonderful day... Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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