KEY SCRIPTURE: Psalms 119:11. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”.
The bible says sin is a reproach to any people. The international standard version put Proverbs 14:34 this way, “Righteousness makes a nation great, but sin diminishes any people”. Sin brings people down or brings shame on a people.
Jesus came into this life to take away the sin of all men (John 1:29). Sin was the main cause for our Lord Jesus suffering and giving His life. Sin must not be allowed to thrive in any man. What is sin? Sin is any act, proceeding from a heart that fails to honour God. It takes away the rule of God over the heart of man. The rule of God is the kingdom of God over our lives. Sin deprives God of His rule over the hearts of men. It is in the light of this that every child of God must give the word of God that attention to keep him from sin. David said, thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:11). God’s word has the power to keep a man from sin. Note also that when you give attention to please self, sin would take over and that would also keep you from the word of God.
2nd Timothy 3:15 says reading the word and giving it the needed attention, would make one wise unto salvation. It means it would help you to act rightly. The word would renew your mind. Remember the state of the mind is the real direction for the whole body.
The main challenge about people falling into sin is their mind set. A Holy man knows he is holy. He thinks about right things. Basically, his thoughts are on the things of God. Such a person normally does not notice sin when it ‘comes around’. I mean when conditions for temptation present themselves, they hardly see it. Sight is controlled by the preoccupation of the mind. It is the mind that sees. This makes it very paramount for every child of God to give great attention to the word of God. He must control his thought life by the word of God.
The Bible said our Lord Jesus was tempted at all points yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15a). Jesus was never drawn unto lust (James 1:10). His mind was fixed on pleasing God because He was occupied with Him.
The word of God is my delight and I meditate on it day and night. My life keeps shinning and no sin finds its place in my life. My heart is fixed on the Lord, obeying Him always.
Psalms 1:2-3 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Philippians 2:15 ” That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world”;