The Psalmist said, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words” (Psalm 51:4).

Sin is a wicked and grievous thing that the flesh does not want to deal with. When people are pressed by the Spirit of God about their sin the temptation is to try and cover it. The desire of man to cover up sin has been going on since the days of Genesis 3.

Adam and Eve sought to cover their sin with leaves. Cain tried to cover his sin with ignorance when he said, “I do not know where he is”. Ananias and Sapphira tried to cover their sin by lying to God and man. It goes on and on and on.

In our generation we have simply invented different ways to cover sin, but our inventions are no better than those who have gone before us. If we sin in a local church that holds us accountable we simply run to another church in order that we do not have to deal with our sin.

If our sin is nagging at our hearts we simply medicate it with prozac or some other mind-numming drug that will never cure us. If we sin against our spouse we simply divorce and move on to someone else. If we sin against a friend we simply delete them from our Farsebook (Facebook) account.

If we sin against God we simply cover it with blaming everything else around us in order to justify our own hearts. It seems that man would rather attempt to cover his sins with more sin rather than be honest with God and repent of sin.

I believe the Puritans captured the magnitude of sin correctly when they stated:

Let me never forget that I have an eternal duty to love, honor, and obey thee,
that thou art infinitely worthy of such;
that if I fail to glorify thee I am guilty of infinite evil that merits infinite punishment,
for sin is the violation of an infinite obligation.

The God of which we sin against cannot be pacified with prozac, self-justification, denial, blame, fig leaves, ignorance, lies, running away and hiding, nor any other of man’s inventions. The only way that the holy God of heaven will be pacified is by the blood of His dear Son.

Beloved, go to God with an honest, humble, and broken heart and cry out to God saying, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight”. He is just and faithful to forgive. If you will be honest with God and truly seek Him in these important matters you will find freedom and refreshing from the Spirit of God.

You will not have to go to the psychologist, the divorce lawyer, the bottom of a beer can, the end of a cigarette, the next church down the road, and of the greatest blessing you will be able to walk with a clean conscience before God.

J. Randall Easter, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Briar, Azle, TX.
II Timothy 2:19
“This is somewhat of the word which He now speaks unto you: Why will you die? Why will you perish? Why will you not have compassion on your own souls? Can your hearts endure, or can your hands be strong, in the day of wrath that is approaching?…

Look unto Me, and be saved; come unto Me, and I will ease you of all sins, sorrows, fears, burdens, and give rest to your souls. Come, I entreat you; lay aside all procrastinations, all delays; put me off no more; eternity lies at the door…do not so hate Me as that you will rather perish than accept of deliverance by Me.

These and the like things does the Lord Christ continually declare, proclaim, plead and urge upon the souls of sinners… He does it in the preaching of the Word, as if He were present with you, stood amongst you, and spoke personally to every one of you…

He has appointed the ministers of the gospel to appear before you, and to deal with you in His stead, avowing as His own the invitations which are given you in His name”. – John Owen

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