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Favorite Sin, Greatest Fear – Chapter 6

What’s Your Favorite Sin?

Ouch!!! What a question to ask…My pastor, Dr. Jack Graham, stated: “Show me a person who hasn’t fallen and I’ll show you a person not close enough to God.”  We’ve all sinned and come short of the glory of God. If you think you haven’t, the Bible says, “You’re a liar.” God will send you your soul mate even if you’ve made mistakes in the past. Take a right turn from your former life and forget your past.

(LB) 1 John 1:9, “But if we confess our sins to Him, He can be depended upon to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.”  God already knows our every sin. We may as well “fess up.”

So, what’s your favorite sin? We all have one. We really, really have to be honest with ourselves when we determine it. Once you identify it, you begin turning from it as in repentance—Commit it! Admit it! And forget it! Shed your baggage and move on with your new you!

In a group of 110 single adults, equal number of men and women ranging in age from 18-65, I asked them to write down their favorite sin and greatest fear. All responses were unsigned.  I won’t give you the order—I hope you will buy the book, read it and teach it to others—but I will give you a few of the  responses, some made me laugh. There are great stories to go with this chapter also.

Favorite Sins:

1. Poor Boundaries          2. Smoking          3. Gluttony         4. Losing my temper       5. Lust   6. Envy

A few of the laughable sins listed were:  Racing cars and drinking chocolate milk??? Give yourselves a break. Sometimes I think we’re way too hard on ourselves…Ya think? At least people were honest.

 

What’s Your Greatest Fear?

(KJV) 1 John 4:18,”There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear; because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.”

While the group began recording their unsigned answers to this question—What is your greatest fear?—I found that the women had no problem identifying their fears but the men, especially the men with a “warrior spirit” who “fear nothing” had a problem and took much longer to identify their greatest fear. That is significant if you think about it. Again, in no order, here are some of their greatest fears:

Greatest Fears:

1. Public Speaking            2. Being Rejected             3. Losing my Job               4. Loneliness

5. Being a Burden to Others        6. Growing old by Myself. Here’s a funny but insightful one: “Seeing myself as others see me.”

This is a great exercise for knowing yourself! All of us have heard the noble and valiant expression: “Face your fears!” But most of us choose not to. Solomon said that the beginning of wisdom is to Fear God. He’s the only one or thing you need to fear. If you’re walking in His light, you need not even fear Him.  He is perfect love and perfect love casts out all fear.  He loves ya, Baby! Your soul mate is near.



Author: Ron Mumford  April 7, 2014  11:00 am


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