The normalization of sin in our world is increasingly pervasive. Every day we are confronted with the promotion of immorality, or at the very least, a growing tolerance for its dark and godless ideology. Whether it’s the institutions of our society, the world of entertainment and marketing, the workforce industry, or contemporary art and literature, it’s not difficult to see how the cravings for immoral appetites have been normalized and further encouraged. As much as we would like to think we are immune from even the worst of these sins, Proverbs 6 and its warnings are for all of us, regardless of our age and level of maturity. Why is this the case? Because this side of heaven we are not yet rid of our inner swamp that gives rise to the passions of the flesh (Gal. 5:16-17). It’s why the apostle Paul instructs believers to “mortify the flesh” (Col. 3:5); it’s why the Psalmist recognizes that his heart and flesh will ultimately fail him apart from God (Ps. 73:26), and it’s why the prophet Jeremiah informs us that “the heart is deceitful above all things…” (Jer. 17:9). The lifelong journey for personal holiness and Spirit-lead sanctification is long and arduous—there are temptations at every turn and the cravings for self-gratification are relentless. When we take our eyes off Christ and the wisdom he provides is when we find ourselves stumbling into sin. We grow distracted or callous to the normality of the sin around us, lazy in our resolve to abstain, and susceptible to the lies of our culture. When this happens, the father in Proverbs 6 says you will desire the beauty of the harlot and be swayed by her convincing words (6:23-25). She looks to “capture you with her eyelids,” and she “hunts for the precious life.” These are not passive allurements but rather aggressive attacks that demand constant awareness of even the subtle tactics that are used to destroy us. By keeping our eyes fixed on Christ, remind yourself of where God has brought you and where he is taking you (1 Cor. 6:11). We have been clothed in Christ’s righteousness (Isa. 61:10), and one day soon when we stand in his glory; we will be like him (1 Jn 3:2). This is the “normal” God has intended for his people. May we learn to live with a renewed resolve to turn from the worldly pleasures of today and be captivated by the beauty of Christ and his glory. –Pastor Nate
Sunday at Liberty
9AM: No BTH–Church Picnic Setup. All other Sunday school classes are still scheduled to meet this week.
10AM: Pastor Rory–Wisdom’s Walk, 2–Proverbs 6:1-35 (sermon notes)
11:45AM: Annual Church Picnic