"Get Thee Hence" -- Repudiating Sin
by Bob Waldron

Introduction: In becoming a Christian we are accepting God's provisions for dealing with sin. While none of us here would dispute this fact, we must realize that there are two aspects of sin that must be dealt with. First is the guilt of sin. Forgiveness of our guilt is accomplished by the sacrifice of Christ. The other aspect of sin is the practice of it, and that practice must cease. That is what this lesson is about.

 I. After the third temptation, Jesus told Satan: "Get thee hence" (Matt. 4:10).

II. We live in a day when great effort is made to excuse whatever sin is committed, whether serial killing, fornication, lying, stealing, or whatever it is.

III. One way is to repudiate sin is to learn to admire and to appreciate God's way (Ps. 27:4).

IV. A common mistake is to go on merrily cultivating our like for forbidden things and merely deny ourselves any partaking of it.

V. The main way is to learn the consequences of sin.

Conclusion: God's promise is that if we resist the devil, he will flee from us (James 4:7). When we are faced with the temptation to do wrong, let us tell the devil, and the moment of temptation to "Get thee hence."

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