Lesson One: Acknowledge Existence
Before one can successfully determine the source of a catastrophe, they must acknowledge the existence of all potential causes. For the successful capture and elimination of the world’s number one mass murderer there had to a willingness to believe that one known as Osama bin Laden existed. If the experts who were delegated the tasks of bringing justice to those responsible for 911 had refused to accept the fact that one with the criminal expertise and network known as Osama bin Laden existed, searching for him would have been impossible, and his capture and execution would never have taken place. There had to be the conviction that this evil was real. This person was more that a phantom. This person was more that a “boogie man,” a fictitious persona created to take the blame.
The world must be honest about an evil that is out to destroy its eternal existence. It is the evil of all evils that exist today. It is the evil that brought about the wicked imagination of the mass murderer bin Laden. God exposes this evil as sin. Sin exists in the heart of man; it hides in the hearts of all men and women, even in the hearts of children. The Psalmist said in
Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Children do not have to be taught to be disobedient. Great time, energy and resources are expended trying to teach children to be obedient, because sin resides in their hearts and they naturally gravitate to disobedience. It often seems innocent and harmless. Sometimes it appears cute and funny, but it is extremely cruel and ruthless. Sin rules the lives of people today.
Sin inflicts such great damage because the world today denies it exists. Our modern world thinks if we eliminate the concept of sin then everyone will automatically be free from anger, hatred and cruelty, and we will live in a utopia of peace and harmony. But the sad truth is, sin is real and one must come to terms with the truth that sin resides in our hearts. God’s Word accurately reveals the spiritual Intel found in
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Without accepting the truth of sins existence nothing will be done to destroy its impact upon our lives, homes, schools, communities, country and world in which we live. It is like refusing to acknowledge that bin Laden masterminded the evil massacre of 911. It is like saying there is no real Osama bin Laden and therefore we do not need to look for him and bring him to justice. Had that position been taken the world would never have been freed from the evil and terror he produced. He would have been free to perpetrate even greater atrocities on the world. And so too with sin, to deny its existence is to allow it freedom to destroy and damn people without resistance or restriction.
Lesson Two: Honest Evaluation (to be posted)
Lesson Three: Gruesomeness of Evil (to be posted)
Lesson Four: Difficult to Discover (to be posted)
Lesson Five: Determination (to be posted)
Lesson Six: Commitment (to be posted)
Lesson Seven: Persistence (to be posted)
Lesson Eight: Difficult to Destroy (to be posted)
Lesson Nine: Concentrated Assault (to be posted)
Lesson Ten: Glorious Victory (to be posted)