“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (James 1:15)

     It seems we live in a world where people take very lightly any form of warning, especially if it comes from the Bible. It does not matter how dangerous a situation is, people are being programmed “not to fear.” People can literally take their lives in their own hands and attempt “death defying” stunts and smile all the way to the hospital. We call these people “dare-devils” (devil is certainly an interesting connection), because they tempt fate. Some of their own crowd refer to them as being fearless, having courage, or other things that would imply a particular form of bravado. It does not seem to matter that others who live similar lifestyles have been severely injured or suffered the fate of death, some will still dare to attempt foolish death defying feats. “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18).
     Our world today is crowded with people who thumb their noses at God’s warnings written in the Bible. For some reason, our present generation is having trouble coming to grips with reality, i.e., the reality that one day we all will die. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). We may lay the blame at the feet of Hollywood movies and television with its use of so many unbelievable special effects, but this is not the real cause, only a medium by which the enemy, the devil, has used to control the minds of innocent victims. Remember, it was the mind of Eve that the serpent first appealed to cause her to question and disobey God’s Word (cf Genesis 3:1-7). It is a fact that too many people (including Christians) underestimate the influence and power of the devil. But, he is not the greatest problem, just the instigator of what has become mankind’s greatest enemy...sin. “...and sin when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
      The problem with all men, both believers and unbelievers, is their lack of knowledge of what sin can do to them. We are all sinners. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and the payment (wages) of sin is death (cf Romans 6:23). Why is it that so many today think that they will never be held accountable for their sin? Death, in and of itself, should be a constant reminder that we cannot escape this dreaded enemy. When lust (that overwhelming desire to have) is conceived (given life, enacted) and it brings forth sin (separation from God), and sin when it is finished (completed, ended, done), it brings death. As we have previously noted: death is an appointment we all shall keep.
      But, we have good news! The Lord Jesus Christ came into this world to “bear the sins of many,” when He hung on the cross and died our death. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (II Corinthians 5:21). Physically, we will all die, but Jesus died to give us eternal life spiritually. Why would any sane person linger in sin knowing the consequences that awaits him? God loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to become our sacrifice. God wants you as His child, but you must receive His Son, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:8-13). Have you taken that step? He is waiting for you if you have not. If you have, live a life that identifies you as His child.
         Pastor H. Preston Parker