Lesson 10 - The Consequences

  

 The sin of relapse always has consequences. If we don’t stop the process of relapse, all areas of life begin to deteriorate at an accelerated rate. The end condition of the individual becomes worse than the beginning. 2 Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

Isaiah 1:22 Your silver has become dross, your wine mixed with water.

God desires purity from us but when we begin the process of relapse, we become skewed, convoluted, and confused. We lose our potency and become diluted. Have you ever seen inferior silver? Have you ever drunk watered-down alcohol? This illustrates what happens to our lives when we become diluted in our sobriety.

When we compromise and do not do what is right in our Christian walk, we begin to lose our ability to influence by taste, light, and smell. Jesus warns us in the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 5:13-16 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

2 Corinthians 2:15-16 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?

When we’re walking in obedience to Christ, people can smell the fragrance of Christ in us. When walking in rebellion, what do you think they smell?

Jeremiah 2:19 “Your own wickedness will correct you, and your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing that you have forsaken the LORD your God, and the fear of Me is not in you,” says the Lord GOD of hosts.

Our own wickedness corrects us. This takes the blame game away. We are responsible for our own actions and cannot be the victim when it comes to our sin. We can’t blame God or anyone else for getting busted. (Ezekiel 18:20; Numbers 32:23)