Psalm 81:12 (KJV) So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

Today’s Word is some tough talk about “Sin” and the reality of “Sin” it results in separation from God. But here we are also reminded that it means being joined completely to our own desires and schemes. At first glance, this might not sound so bad. While we certainly don’t want to be separated from God, the thought of being co-joined to our own desires and plans doesn’t seem to be much of a penalty. So what is the problem?

In reality this is judgment; this is punishment. Those who persist in sin and rebellion, God leaves to their own lust and allows them to walk in their own counsels. But notice that it does not say that the lust is fulfilled, or that the plans prosper. When God gives a person up to their own lusts, their lusts consume them without end, because there is no true or lasting or deep satisfaction apart from God. It is to forever hunger, without ever being filled.

Similarly, the person who is left to their own counsel finds that they are like a blind person at the street corner, without a guide. They are free to walk any direction that pleases them, but there is danger and destruction on every side. I know this message is for someone other than myself today. We have all been here at one time or another, but we don’t have to stay here people of God!

Quote: C.S. Lewis explained, there are two kinds of people in the end, those who say to the Father, “Thy will be done,” or those to whom the Father says, “thy will be done.” The great punishment for sin is getting our own way.

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