“My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.” Proverbs 1:10 NKJV
Does Proverbs 1:10 say “My son if sinners entice you, say, well let me think about it.”? No, it says, “My son if sinners entice you, say no.” To say no means you’ve already made a decision about this, there is no contemplation necessary. You don’t need to go pray about it and seek the Lord’s will. It is sin and it is to be forsaken in our life.
The Bible says in Hebrews that Jesus was anointed above His companions because He loved what was right and hated what was wrong,
“You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions. Hebrews 1:9 NKJV
I guarantee you Jesus knew where He stood when it came to sin. His response was always the same: “NO!” If sinners entice you, say NO, emphatically NO! If the devil tempts you, say NO and say it quick. There’s an old saying: “study long, study wrong!” You think a little too long and pretty soon the devil talks you into it, convincing you that it will be okay. When it comes to sin, we need to be like Barney Fife and nip it!
Forsake sin, just say no!
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” James 1:12-15 NKJV
When you have forsaken sin, you’ve overcome and are strengthened in the process.
Become a Pillar!
He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God…” Revelation 3:12 NKJV
When you say no to sin and you choose righteousness, and you overcome temptation, God will continually bless and reward your life. But one of the greatest blessings is that you become a pillar in the house of God, in the church, in the body of Christ. You become a support to the whole effort.
We must get rid of sin.
Sin weakens, kills, and destroys, that’s why the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 5:1-8 “don’t even let a little leaven (sin) into the house”. Now, this passage is not talking about missing the mark [sin]; we all miss the mark from time to time. When that happens, we quickly repent because that’s our immediate response to do what’s right in God’s sight. For this person, doing right is the habit and sin is the occasional error. But for others, sin is their habit and doing right is the occasional situation. This passage in 1 Corinthians 5 is talking about the habit of sin. As a Pastor, I’ve had to do some hard things to get the sin out, because just like leaven, sin spreads. I didn’t like doing it, but I had to do it, because I have to protect the rest of the flock. How do you deal with sin in someone? You give them a chance to repent and if they don’t repent, then they have to go and take the sin with them. That’s a mature view of handling the situation; it’s not an emotional one, it’s a spiritual one and it has to be done. If there’s no repentance, there can be no restoration.
We have probably all seen the affects of when one of our brothers and sisters falls back into sin and goes back out in the world. We feel weakened by that, especially if it was somebody that appeared to be “real spiritual”. When this happens, it has a negative effect; it takes out others with it and weakens the whole.
Forsake sin, the Bible says, and God will make you a pillar in His temple. You will be a support and a strength to the body of Christ and that’s what God needs us to be, every one of us.