A couple of months ago I become aware of a lump behind my right ear that began to grow and become sore. I already had an appointment set up with my doctor and decided the lump was something he needed to examine. He removed the growth and sent it off to be analyzed. It was diagnosed as a skin cancer. I’m thankful I didn’t ignore the growth.

In the spiritual realm, there are problems we should not ignore. The Bible calls them sin. These sins are listed in the scriptures in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Galatians 5:19-21 and in other places as well. Far too often we choose to ignore them, sometimes call them by another name or even blame God for making us the way we are. The problem doesn’t come from God but through mankind’s rebellion against God passed on from one generation to the next. “Therefore just as through one  man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” (Romans 5:12).

In this life we’re all susceptible to sinful influences and temptations, and we have all failed in one form of sin or another. That doesn’t mean our condition has to be fatal. The great physician Jesus Christ has made a way for us through the cross to be forgiven of our sins and for us to have access to God’s strength and power to overcome them. It begins when we put our trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, confess our sins and seek His deliverance from them. The choice is ours to make, but we must be aware that our choices have consequences. 

“For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23).


Ted Brown is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship Church of Winfield.

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