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Curing the Sin Virus by Bill Sherril
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Site Administrator · 12 years, 7 months ago

There are all kinds of viruses and they impact us in various ways. Most can be tolerated, are eventually corrected, and we go on with work and life. Unfortunately, we have recently had one that we have not been able to work around in our office. This virus wiped out my computer and badly disabled the one the church secretary uses for all the work of the church.

This is the second time in recent years I have had to reformat my hard drive. At least this time, I did not lose the computers at home. There is something insidious in the progress of viruses. They often give warning that things are not right, but by then, it is often too late to stop the destructive path they cut across our work, productivity, and time.

Without passing too harsh a judgement, I think those individuals who develop computer viruses must surely be taking a page from the devil's handbook. They gain what looks like a harmless entrance into the system and then, step by step, break down any way to reverse the course of their malevolent actions. This is very similar to the way Satan works in our lives. He has always been a master at making sin appear harmless, yet uses that sin to create havoc and eventually, bring total destruction.

Wipe out all that is there and begin over again!
You see, sin is not unlike a virus. It seldom strikes with sudden and complete debilitation. There are small developing signs of its infiltration. However, it is the cumulative effect of the virus that brings complete destruction to our worlds. Like a virus, sin finds paths that go deeper into those areas where it can do the greatest harm.

Much like the reformatting of my hard drive, the only real way to deal with a life entangled with the virus of sin is to wipe out all that is there and begin over again. Perhaps that is what Paul means when he wrote:

"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness" (Ephesians 4:22-24).

Have you spent wasted hours seeking correction without destroying the real source of the corruption in your life? Sin is not defeated by small, remedial steps. Rather, it is defeated by one bold stroke. We cannot remove it in pieces. We must commit to remove it and all it has contaminated, asking the Lord to help completely make us new. The bold stroke is not found in our wisdom, but in God's mercy. Only the blood of the Lamb of God can cleanse the infected soul and provide the opportunity to "put on the new self, created to be like God."

It is time to quit playing around with fixes and employ the cure! Out with the old and in with the new, compliments of One who loved you so much that He gave His only Son to fix our sin virus problem.

Wandra (anon) · 12 years, 7 months ago
If sin is a virus, then the Word is the antibiotic.

The devil is the father of sin. he is not the red-suited guy with horns, tail, and pitchfork that some people think he is.

Satan is a liar, an impersonator. He projects an image of decency.

You could be very religious in terms of church attendance but deeply unspiritual as a racist or sexist in the way you see and treat people and scheme against others.

You might be a dynamic, outgoing, and respected leader in the larger community yet unloving, detached, or even abusive at home.

You can teach and counsel others with solid biblical wisdom and then justify yourself for not having to live by it personally.

You could be a quick volunteer, a hugging and kissing friend, and appear cooperative with people in your church but complain, criticize and backbite the whole time in following through.

You can throw your hands in the air and wave them like you just don't care on Sunday and not study the Word at any time Monday through Saturday. So what are you waving at?

You may project confidence in public yet have to numb yourself with alcohol or drugs at night because of a sense of failure, anger, or pain of heart.

The bottom line is you are influenced by the devil and his pan for sin and corruption.

Comedian Flip Wilson made a fortune by saying, "The Devil made me do it!" Satan can capture people, but he can't overtake our wills if we aren't in his camp. The Spirit of the Lord will rise to the occasion.

The Bible says: "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7 NIV) Effective resistance begins only when we stop making excuses and turn to God.

Anonymous (anon) · 11 years, 6 months ago
I am sick of sin and holier-than-thou people, too. They should run the devil out of their own houses before they harass other people about the ones they "think" they have in theirs. There is going to be a rude awakening for a lot of judgmental people and those who insist on badgering other people under the pretense of helping them. I just pray we'll all be ready for His return.

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