Another version says, 'wake up from your
drunken stupor and stop sinning.'
One catechism states, "what is the chief end of man? To
glorify God and enjoy Him forever."
But if we carry on with sin it's impossible to glorify God and we
cannot therefore enjoy Him forever.
You cannot enjoy God if sin is in your life. Even if you quote to
yourself Philippians 4:4, it will be a joyless rejoicing. Obsession with self make you
incapable of enjoying God.
But you might say that it's impossible to stop sinning. You've
confessed the same sin again and again and yet again, but you do not get victory over it.
And so you create for yourself a truth outside the Word of God.
But according to the Word of God it's not the way it's supposed to
be. True men and women of God do not continue with sin (1John 3:9).
Look at what David says in Ps 19:12-13, 'cleanse me from secret
faults and keep me back from presumptuous sins'.
In another place David writes about the evil man who plans evil on
his bed. So too, you might create the conditions for sin, the atmosphere for sin. There
are some sins you will fall into again and again, because you create the conditions for
sin. Unless you stop with engaging in the conditions for sin, you won't stop but will fall
Is your sin the sin of self pity? If you dote upon yourself
continually you will continue therein. What does it help if an ex-alcoholic check on the
specials prices of liquor, just out of curiosity? He will surely fall again. If you get
busy with the atmosphere of your sin you will fall.
2Kings 21 and 22
Part of the victory over sin is to make a deliberate decision for
righteousness. That's what Josiah did. He was young yet remembered what his father and
grandfather did and how evil they were, and so Josiah decided for God.
God's word must saturate you. King Josiah returned to the Word of
God. The dust was shaken off.
And when he heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his
clothes and humbled himself and confessed not only his own sin but also the sin of the
nation. Then he began to do what was right. It doesn't help to try and stop with sin. It
must be replaced with that which is righteous. The Bible says "let the thief no
longer steal but work...".
Josiah commanded the book of the law to be read in the ears of all