“All scripture is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, training in righteousness, and justification of sin”
This is not an actual scripture in the Bible, nor is this a book of the Bible, yet it does have parts of a scripture taken from the book of Second Timothy. The point being that the enemy will try to take scripture and use it against us and confuse us about the commands written in the Bible.
Just this morning after I finished spending time with the Lord, I was tempted to sin. We all carry sin in our lives that we have repented from and vowed to work on with the Lord, yet when the temptation happens it is easy to start allowing justification to come in and win.
The enemy knows what scripture says and if we are not careful he could easily use it against us. This morning as I contemplated walking a path of righteousness or falling into sinful behaviors, I heard the enemy whisper that it was no big deal, afterall the Lord always forgives my sins. My mind went to David and his many indiscretions, both large and small, yet he was considered a man after God’s own heart. This broken man who kept screwing up was loved by God and forgiven over and over.
And doesn’t the Bible say that the Lord will forgive us our sins, all we need to do is ask? If this is the case, then the enemy asks, what’s the big deal? Just keep sinning and then ask for forgiveness. Afterall, my salvation isn’t at stake.
Ever find yourself contemplating the same justifications for not working on sin that is gripping your life? We are all fallen and broken and we are going to mess up multiple times on any given day. Praise God that we are also forgiven for our sinful natures, but never are we told in scripture that we are justified in our sin. We can’t give the excuse that premeditated sin is OK in the Lord’s eyes because, afterall, He will forgive us!
It is time to get right with the Lord. When scripture is brought to mind as a way to justify our behavior we need to stop and search for the truth in the justification. The Lord can’t contradict Himself and since He hates sin, we can be assured that it was never His intent for us to use scripture in this way. Be alert to the enemy and don’t let him use scripture against you.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17
“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”