“If you’re not bothered by the INSULT of sin, then you won’t be bothered by the ASSAULT of sin.”
—Pastor Art Aragon
Every day we are insulted with sin in some way and hardly ever recognize it because sin is becoming so natural in our everyday lives. We justify our sins subconsciously so that we don’t have to feel bad about the things that we’ve said, done or thought, and when trying to rectify your walk with God, this can be a huge problem. It’s a problem because not only are we being dishonest with ourselves, but we aren’t being honest with Him. If we’re not being honest with God, then how do we expect to be closer to him? Is not honesty a key component in ANY relationship?
So what does it mean to be “insulted with sin”? It means to be confronted with thoughts and/or behavior that is ungodly (ungodly meaning contrary the word of God); either physically, mentally, or verbally.
Let’s say that I’m a married woman, and while out with some friends, I am approached by a man who is interested in me. Now, I know that I’m married, but who doesn’t enjoy a few compliments here and there? So I engage myself in conversation with him, knowing his intent. I have just been insulted with the sin of adultery. Have I committed the sin? No, but the thought of it didn’t bother me, so why should the act (assault) should I choose to go forth?
We often find ourselves receiving insults, thinking in our minds, “I would never let it go farther than this.” But, in all actuality, the flesh is weak. Without God, we will fall victim to the desires of the flesh.
Romans 6:19 NLV says:
“Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.”
Matthew 26:41 NLV says:
Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
So what do we do? We pray for discernment to be able to identify the insults of sin right away and rebuke them in the name of Jesus before we are assaulted. Though we’d like to blame EVERY attack of sin on the devil, some of the attacks we bring upon ourselves by allowing those insults into our spirit. Let us become the predator and not the prey by nipping insults of sin in the bud before they are deposited into us!
Thank you for reading. Please comment and let me know what you think!