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Read Genesis 3:1-13. This week, we are going to focus on a really unpopular word, sin. Chances are, you have heard this word thrown around your entire life in conversations meant to make people feel guilty over something in particular. If so, the idea of focusing on it probably seems unpleasant. Still, it’s necessary if you want to fully understand what the Father has done for you. The word sin is actually a biblical word with a very specific meaning and origin. You see, God created a perfect world, one without sin. Understand this: Sin didn’t come from God. It entered the world through Adam, the first man. As the apostle Paul explains in his letter to the Romans, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12).
What happened? God gave Adam one command, to abstain from eating the fruit of one tree in the Garden of Eden. Adam did well until Satan in the form of a serpent convinced Eve to disobey God and eat the fruit of that one tree by implying that God was a liar. Adam followed suit, and sin has been a part of who we are as humans ever since.
Simply put, sin is disobedience to God. As men, we don’t want to be told what to do. We want the freedom to do what we want when we want how we want, ungoverned and unrestrained by anyone or anything but our own desires. This being true, know that you’re going to have to fight yourself in order to fight sin. Your desires, your opinions, your rights, they’re all on the line, and where they don’t match up to God’s will, you must destroy them if you want to please the Father and enjoy the kind of intimate relationship with Him that He wants you to have.
God cannot abide with rebellion. He has no fellowship with sin. Consider these questions until tomorrow: Do you think you are perfect? Do you know how to admit you are wrong? In what area of your life is it hardest for you to accept direction and correction? Are you willing to surrender everything in exchange for the kind of relationship with God He created you for?