Thursday, June 07, 2012

let's kill sin

i am stuck on today's soul detox lesson with the #shereadstruth group.
day 22 went like this:

"Our lives are full of cultural toxins, which are those things that are culturally acceptable,
but hurt our souls. Cultural toxins can be found in the books we read, the magazines we read,
the music we listen to, the television shows we watch, and in the movies we watch.
When we allow cultural toxins into our lives, it pollutes us. This week you will learn what
God's Word says about the dangers of cultural toxins and the importance of focusing on things
that draw us closer to God. What are some of the cultural toxins you currently have in your life?
How have you seen these toxins pollute your life?"

Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain
is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
It is not good to eat much honey,
nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory.
{proverbs 25:26-27}

Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good.
Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
{3 john 1:11}

i was reminded of other scriptures as i soaked that up.

from 1 john 2:15-17, do not love the world or the things in the world.
if anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him.
for all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life,
is not from the father but is from the world. and the world is passing away
along with its desires, but whoever does the will of god abides forever.
and this from proverbs 6:27,
can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?

sometimes i think that i am doing ok. you know?
i was saved by grace nearly thirteen years ago.
and while i have had only a few blatant, outward and obvious sin struggles since then, i battle daily.
or i ought to be at battle daily.

i think of this quote:

"Do you mortify?
Do you make it your daily work?
Be always at it whilst you live;
cease not a day from this work;
be killing sin or it will be killing you
{john owen}

am i fighting sin?
what proactive ways am i destroying it's hold on my life?
am i choosing thoughts and activities that glorify god?
or do i do "just enough", or "not that bad".

i guess it's pretty radical when i really ponder this.
removing anything that hinders me from closeness with christ.

here are a few problem areas for me:

what jokes i make or laugh at.
music that i bob my head to.
shows or movies that maybe i wouldn't watch it if jesus was physically sitting on my sofa.
eating more than is good for me.
spending money on nonsense when i could be giving it instead.
letting anger control my reactions to irritating news.

often i am doing well in these areas. but sometimes. and no excuses, but sometimes, i let my guard down.
i feel a little free and not so concerned about my heart, mind and mouth.

tonight i'm taking a fresh look. asking the lord to right my heart with him.

tomorrow's a brand new day. will you join me?
let's be militant and diligent with killing sin.

i hope you'll take a few minutes and read these lyrics.
our dear friend timothy brindle penned them and they minister to my heart and encourage me greatly.
take a look and a listen. accept this as a challenge to get real about this mortification of sin.

Yo! let’s begin the discussion/
Because tim is disgusted/
With sin it’s destructive/
I’ll give the instructions/
So it’s not just a suggestion/
Sin is nothing to mess with/
Plus it’s deceptive/
Sin is like excrement covered in whip cream/
It looks sweet but we’ve discovered its sick scheme/
Its lavish passions has attractions/
That are acting like they give satisfaction/
It seems that it has more to offer/
Than the Lord who bought you/
But it’s sure to drop you/
It’s disappointing/
So we kill sin by the Spirit- every Christian has this anointing/
Only the Spirit can filter this filthiness/
Filling us with guilt instilled in ids, killing kids/
So while America’s at war in Iraq/
We war with our flesh- ready with our swords to attack.

So let’s deal with our anger and doubt/
By getting to the root of it and yanking it out/
Be militant and diligent/
When killing sin/
By the Spirit- LET’S KILL SIN/
Don’t provoke your flesh/
But choke to death/
The sin in your heart until there’s no more breath/
Be militant and diligent/
When killing sin/
By the Spirit- LET’S KILL SIN/

So you came forth at a meeting/
Through the course of the evening/
To the altar call and prayed to the Lord that you need Him/
So now pick up your cross and follow the resurrected Christ/
For all of the rest of your life/
Can wicked fantasies/
Understand man this ain’t no handstamp Christianity/
Yet some folks seem to think they can continue in sin/
Because their forgiven in Him by no means/
Yeah we’re saved through faith in Christ- that’s it/
But if we’re saved then we’ll hate unrighteousness/
We praise God for His super amazing grace/
But killing sin is the fruit of our saving faith/
It’s no excuse that we’re totally depraved/
Because we’re united to Christ who rose up from the grave/
So being born from above/
Is not freedom for us to bug/
Just because Jesus poured His blood/
The Lamb- He was slain to cancel our blame/
So listen kids He commands we abstain from wickedness/
Christ was smashed when He took the wrath for us/
So to kill sin is the right reaction//

We’re not debtors to our flesh/
But to Him who resurrected us when we were headed to our death/
Be militant and diligent/
When killing sin/
By the Spirit- LET’S KILL SIN/
He redeemed us all on the cross/
So to grow in holiness is our reasonable response/
Be militant and diligent/
When killing sin/
By the Spirit- LET’S KILL SIN/

Our new birth was purchased by Holy wrists/
But now He’s concerned by our own personal holiness/
Yet we’re proud and arrogant/
How dare us- when He’s given us Himself for undefiled inheritance/

Anger and jealousy that shouldn’t be found in Christians/
Just like slang in a spelling bee/
Sluggardly laziness/
That shouldn’t be named among us- just like nuns on a dating list/
We used to fuss obscene dudes who cussed/
But now we flee youthful lust- pursuing purity/
And faith love and peace- grace from our speech/
Saints we hug and greet- we’re using courtesy/
Satan’s our rival and he’s smart/
Take up your Bible and be sharp/
To amputate the idols in heart/
And be wise and surely hide His word inside/
So that when you’re tempted you don’t sin against Him/
Sow to the Spirit/
Don’t sow to the flesh by listening to inappropriate lyrics/
But stay on your face in prayer and take your cares/
To the Father and give Him thanks and praise Him there/
Stay accountable and well equipped/
Surround your soul with bountiful fellowship/
The only Son is patient/
He gives grace when we’re in need so we can overcome temptation/
Every night our defense is/
The whole armor of God- let’s live a life of repentance/
Running away from sin/
Because there’s infinitely more pleasure in Christ/
So give all your praise to Him.

He justified us/
So He’ll sanctify us/
The kingdom of God is to be taken by violence/
Be militant and diligent/
When killing sin/
By the Spirit- LET’S KILL SIN/
So let’s get violent with our sin/
Everyday we’re dying/
And we’re dying crucifying it again/
Be militant and diligent/
When killing sin/
By the Spirit- LET’S KILL SIN/

Timothy Brindle – Let’s Kill Sin
(from the album Killing Sin)
© copyright 2005


  1. Such good truth today. Man, Satan just loves it when we feel ok, comfortable & "good" doesn't he? Ugh.
    Today we fight. Everyday we will battle!

  2. God has been kicking ALL KINDS of things out of my life. I can already tell a difference.

  3. good post . . but we all know what show you are watching when you shouldn't be . . . SHAUN THE SHEEP!! :-)

  4. oh yeah and this reminds me of stepping heavenward when Kate's mother challenges her to go one year without reading a novel, and Kate says she feels like she will die reading boring old theological books. then after a year has passed she wonders if she will ever read a novel again, because they don't appeal to her. Gosh, that is a GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!! so many wonderful lessons her mother teaches her.

  5. yes!
    this is good.
    it is so very important what we allow to invade our minds.
    tv, music, magazines can be so dangerous{especially for me!}.
    thank you for this reminder to keep my distance.

  6. A couple of years ago we decided we wanted to look different from the rest of the world. We got rid of a lot of "stuff". It's hard to do but oh so good! (and an ongoing, daily thing!) What good is it to say I'm a Christian when the way I spend my money, watch TV, listen to the radio, read books, talk and raise my boys exactly like the rest of the world? I am different. I am set apart. I need to act like it! God has given me all these wonderful resources to use for His glory, not for my selfish gain. Why do I so easily forget it's not about me?

    P.S. I read the comment above mine & now can't wait to read that book! sounds like a great read! have you read it?

  7. So well said! My husband and I were just discussing this! Music is my biggest vice ~ I love music. I can sing, bob my head, dance, etc, to just about anything... not good. Thank you for speaking the truth. I needed to hear it today!

    Oh - I blogged about your shop today on my blog. Love my earrings!

  8. if only we hated sin as much as God did. praise Jesus he is not finished with us yet and is changing us both! amen and amen!! xo.

  9. so much yes here! i love (and also wince a bit) at how God nudges me through you. thank you for your faithfulness, hannah.

  10. Wow. I really needed to read this. This is some great stuff that I really need to think about in my own life. There's so much that I struggle with. I just need to take it to God more often! Thanks! Love your blog by the way. We're practically neighbors. Only a few hours away :)

  11. Good words, sister! That song is crazy. I'm going to have to share it with my kiddos! :)

  12. i JUST started reading shereadstruth a few days ago! good stuff. a balm to my soul.
    and lately whenever a particular sin tries to get into my head, i try to kill it right then and there by immediately confessing it as sin to the Lord and turning the other way. A battle it is indeed.

    another thing important for me to recognize is just because something is a snare for ME, it's not necessarily a snare for someone else, who is not tempted to sin by that certain thing. Like Pinterest. I just can't do it, except for if I am helping throw a baby shower or something. And others CAN peruse through Pinterest without feeling bad. But I need to stay away from that thing, lest I get burned by it. Ok that was a lame example, but you get the point.

  13. wow this reminds me of a john piper sermon! awesome. thanks for sharing! found you via the wiegands link up xo