IT STARTS SMALL

 

IT STARTS SMALLI’d like to begin with an exhortation from a great man of God, the late Dr. George Evans, “Seven men in Scripture said, ‘I have sinned;’ six were judged (Pharaoh; Balaam; Achan; Saul; David; Judas) but one was not judged (Prodigal). The six that were judged said ‘I have sinned’ only after God put his finger on it (pointed it out); the one that wasn’t judged said, ‘I have sinned,’ after he put his own finger on it. Deal with sin yourself, judge yourself, and you will not be judged (1 Corinthians 11:31).”

 

Sin often starts small and compounds itself into more sin. The Bible using the metaphor of leaven standing for sin says that, “A LITTLE leaven leavens the lump (1 Corinthians 5:6; Galatians 5:9),” not A LOT of leaven. The life of David is a perfect example of this in 2 Samuel 11. “And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon 2 Samuel 11:1-3.”

 

David as king was supposed to go forth into battle but he is home sleeping in bed until evening. He is not doing his assignment and is geographically out of line with where God’s will was for him to be. This put him where he shouldn’t have gone at this time which is upon the roof of the kings house which leads to him looking at what he shouldn’t look at (Bathsheba – another man’s wife bathing). This in turn led him to doing what he shouldn’t do which is commit adultery.

 

He then starts operating in deception to set up Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, to be killed in battle. He has now moved into conspiring to commit murder and becomes an accessory to murder. His sin has compounded itself but remember it started small. Deal with sin before it compounds itself into more sin. Wrong living, puts you on the wrong road, exposes you to the wrong opportunities and relationships, and leads to wrong results.

 

Don’t listen to the loose living, compromising, liberal standard people whose voices say you are being too strict. Jesus said in Matthew 7:14, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” The narrow way is only narrow on the flesh and carnal living but it is wide open for our spirit and a spiritual walk. The Bible also says, “See then that thou walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise (Ephesians 5:15).” Be constantly paying attention how accurately you are walking not as the unwise do. Jesus purchased total victory over all the power of sin reigning in our life. We are not to let it reign in our mortal body (Romans 6:12).

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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