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It Is Hard to Remove Sin From a Nation

by Don Ruhl

Read the Bible in a Year This morning read Second Kings 15 and 16

It Is Hard to Remove Sin From a Nation

Once a leader introduces or allows sin to reign freely in a nation, it is hard to remove it. As we continue to read in Second Kings, you will observe that the northern kingdom had this problem especially. Of practically every king, you will read something like this,

18 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD; he did not depart all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin (2 Kin. 15:18).

Jeroboam introduced Egyptian golden calf worship into Israel, and it remained until God sent the Assyrians against Israel to carry the nation into captivity. What happens nationally also happens individually. Let sin get in and it will dominant your life. See sin as a voracious predator sitting outside your door. His eyes are glued on your door. He is hunkered down just waiting for you to crack open the door, and if you let him, he will spring in there quickly. Then how do we get him out? It can be done, but how much easier it is to keep the door closed and him out, then to open the door and let him in.

Today think on not only the passage above, but think on this one from Paul,

14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts (Rom. 13:14).

Don Ruhl Church of Christ 220 NE Savage Street Grants Pass, Oregon 97526-1310 541-476-3100

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