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The Steps to Sin

Looking at the following Scripture we can see a patern of the steps to sin…

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. (Gen 3:6)

when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.” (Jos 7:21)

But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (Jam 1:14-15)

So using these verses we can map out the general course of sin…

  • We see something pleasing to our baser appetites
  • It entices us/we covet it
  • We sin in taking it
  • And of course, the wages of sin is death, so the sin brings forth death

Knowing the steps or stages in the sinful process can help us to avoid sin by the help of the Holy Spirit…

  • Try not to look on sinful things. Never have the mindset of – “i will put sin right before my face because i am strong enough to resist it.”
  • When something sinful does come before us, immediately take the thought captive to obey Christ (2 Cor 10:5)
  • When we do find ourselves actually taking in the sin, allow the Holy Spirit to convict you and repent! (1 Jn 1:7-10)
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About theologian

I'm a child of the King, my Father who is in Heaven, by the precious blood of His eternal Son, Jesus Christ. I am married with children and currently reside in Pennsylvania. I am a Pastor with the Association of Charismatic Reformed Churches (ACRC) working as an Urban Missionary in Chester, PA. Throughout my time in ministry God has also blessed me with opportunities for formal education by which I earned my terminal degree (Doctor of Theology) from New Geneva Theological Seminary in 2013.

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8 thoughts on “The Steps to Sin

  1. Psalm One gives us a great example of this as well. It speaks of first walking, then standing, then sitting in the way of the ungodly. We can see an increase in the depth sin takes in each progressive step deeper into the path the Psalmist speaks of.

    Posted by David McCrory | December 14, 2006, 2:27 pm
  2. Excellent David.
    The word “man” in that verse is the singular “ish.” Could that mean that the passage speaks to Christ, our Federal Head?

    Posted by theologian | December 14, 2006, 3:20 pm
  3. We must be careful where put ourselves, in entertainment and the like, I have been told and you have probably heard that you don’t tell a fat man on a diet to go to a donut shop, just as we as Christians must tempt ourselves with the indulgences of the world. Why? So that we will not sin or be carried away by it, for we are not our own.

    Posted by Seth McBee | December 14, 2006, 3:54 pm
  4. Typologically perhaps. I would view it much in the light I view Psalm 10 or 22 in. Surely He was the one “man” who avoided all forms of ungodliness.

    Posted by David McCrory | December 14, 2006, 3:55 pm
  5. Sweet post! Your gift for writing concise yet packed posts continues to bless me.

    Posted by Kymanika | December 16, 2006, 1:20 am
  6. Thank you so much Josh. I really appreciate that.

    Posted by theologian | December 16, 2006, 1:28 am
  7. Larry, you are starting to sound like John Owen. Here is a summary of his thoughts from an article I did on mortification:

    How do we mortify the flesh?

    We prepare for it:
    – Consider the symptoms of indwelling sin
    – Maintain a clear sense of the guilt, danger, and evil of sin
    – Let the guilty weight of sin burden your conscience (Psa. 51:3)
    – Seek to be delivered from the power of sin (Psa. 39:8)
    – Know your weaknesses and temptations (1 Kings 8:38)
    – Watch out for occasions when sin can entangle you
    – React strongly against the first stirrings of your evil disposition (1 Tim. 6:10-11)
    – Contemplate God’s perfection and recognize your own sinfulness
    – Do not speak peace to yourself before God does

    We practice it:
    – Trust in the sufficiency of Christ. (Phil. 4:13, Isa. 40:28-31)
    – Seek the Holy Spirit for mortification of sin. (2 Cor. 1:22, Rom. 8:26)
    – Obey the Word of God in the power of the Spirit. (Rom. 6:12-13, Eph. 4:24)

    Posted by Gomarus | December 16, 2006, 3:41 pm
  8. Excellent summary on mortifying the flesh.

    Posted by theologian | December 16, 2006, 4:12 pm

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