13 Reasons Why NOT: Week 1

  1. Have you ever desired something so bad? What was is? How did you feel after you got it?
We have a natural desire to fill our lives with something. That something could be a material item or it can be an abstract idea. To put it into perspective, a material item would be an iced coffee from Dunkin and an idea would be being in a relationship. Both of these things can become uncontrollable desires that once we get them, they don’t satisfy us like we expected.
                    Read Colossians 3:5-9
  1. What is sin?  What sins do you struggle with?
Sin is defined as a worldly desire or temptation that is acted upon. We have this “God-sized” gap inside of us that we try to fill with things from the world. We try to fill ourselves up with what Instagram says we should have. When we try to fill our lives up with anything other than God, it ruins us.
Read Colossians 3:1-4
Sin is seen as a bad thing. God weighs each and every sin the same. Saying “unwholesome” words (swearing) is sinning and lusting (sexually longing for someone) is sinning. We look swearing and lusting as different levels, but God sees it just as sin. There’s a consequence for sin. It is eternal separation from God.
     Our perfect God cannot be in the presence of sin. When Jesus took all of the world’s sin on His shoulders, God had to separate Himself from Jesus. God looked away from His once-perfect Son because He put each one of our sins on his shoulders.
  1. What do you do when you’ve sinned?
Read Colossians 3:10 and Psalm 37:4
We’re told to make ourselves new. We do that by surrendering and repenting. We’re also told to “delight yourselves in the Lord”. That doesn’t mean that we fill the “God-sized” gap by filling it with Dunkin iced coffee, a boyfriend/girlfriend, or trying to be someone else. Fill the gap with Who it belongs to. God is the only one who will truly satisfy you and make you whole.
Take the next 15 minutes to think about where you’re struggling with sin. Repent, talk to God and ask for His forgiveness. Ask God to fill you with His love, mercy and grace.

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