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Standing in the Gap


Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

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Premeditated Sin Sin is an affront to God; sin is an offense to God. Is there anyone in the world today, one person, from a school aged child to those with a foot in the grave, that dont know that God doesnt like sin? There are going to be those reading this that say they dont believe in God and therefore they dont believe in sin. Theyll say you cant offend a God that you dont believe in, yet, if the selfsame say they never heard of God, than I am going to say, they are lying. Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:Can you name all the Egyptian gods? All the Aztec gods? Do you know the names of all the deities and spirits of Wicca? Of Druidism? There are those out there who would say yes and others who would be honest and say no. There may be a small handful of religious professors that have committed to memory the names of all the worlds deities. They may know the name of every Greek god, but I will tell you, no man alive knows the name of everything that man has imagined to worship. (Im sure somewhere in the world there are two people worshipping something ridiculous like beetle dung that has escaped the notice of the smart people.) Now, on that note, God has promised to give us a name above all others; the only name by which we can be saved, and at the risk of repeating myself, there are seven billion plus people in the world today, none of which can prattle out the names of all the worlds deities without some serious computer time. Yet every person among them has heard the wonderful name of Jesus Christ that name above all others. Now, to head off the bar school scholars who will tell you there is more than one name for Christ, Im going to tell you there are 100 titles of Christ: the Rose of Sharron, the Lily of the valley, the Bright Morning Star, etc, etc, etc. So to those that would drink their wisdom from a frosted mug, dont feel less then, not many Christians can list off the hundred without looking them up, and even then, therell be a couple they never heard of. But, when you call on the name Jesus Christ, around the world they know who you speak of and likewise, they know what sin is.

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There are those that will argue that drinking is not a sin, yet few will argue that drunkenness isnt. There are those that say drug use is not sinful but the same will agree that drug abuse is a mental plague ravishing the worlds population in stealing their lives. There are those things that are sinful by nature, yet those same things leave you in a sinful state, and therefore should be avoided. Most people in the world today have a good idea about what the Bible says of sin and though some have never read the book, and some dont believe in its truths, when I simply say, The Bible, every person alive knows the book Im talking about. God has offered every man, woman, and child salvation, and he made sure that everyone has a choice to seek after it by publishing his word in every language and in every country around the world. Gods truth unto salvation cannot be found in the Koran, Quran, Talmud, or Torah, but a simple and inarguable fact is that the titles of these books are not known by all, and Christ doesnt withhold information vital to salvation. Please pardon my long winded self as I minister on this. Do you know every sin in the book? I can only answer for myself as I simply say no. Though I can often point out sin in others I am equally blind to my own. Until recently I never gave a second thought to my 4 pack a day habit, that it might be sin. I do however know that all addiction is sinful, and although a lot of smokers will argue against the sin of tobacco, the simple fact is, its an addiction which is destroying your life, (get a look inside your lungs.) 2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. Now know this, once you come unto a knowledge of sin and salvation, once you know the redeeming name of Jesus Christ, once youre told the gospels of truth found in Gods holy word, to deny them is premeditated sin. Being aware of the name of Jesus Christ then deny of the power thereof, than you are guilty of planning and executing a first degree offense against God who would have you saved. As a Christian, if you pick and choose the things you consider sin, if you sift

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through his word for those parts you would live by and deny the rest, than you are a premeditated sinner as well an offense to God. Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Now, least I beat upon you too much, the Bible is clear that there are none of us righteous and clear that the best we can do is like filthy rags. But the book is equally clear that we should do everything to please him. Once a sin has come to your attention, then, I tell you, to lay it at the foot of the cross and do it no more, least you be called a liar Christian.