The Summary of all Sin

The sermon at PCC today was entitled “The Eighth Commandment”. In short, it was about stealing. (I’ve posted the downloaded LIVE video below.)

Today’s message was yet another example of God’s goodness and how He speaks to His people. Throughout the last week I had a message sort of downloaded into my spirit and mind that I believe takes this morning’s sermon even further. The message basically was that the sin of stealing is the summary of all sin. This is not a new message as I considered this possibility several years ago, but it has been a long time since I thought about it and I do not believe it is a coincidence that just days before today’s sermon I was meditating on this very topic.

So how is the sin of stealing the summary of all sin? Well let’s think about it for a moment by taking a look at the other nine commandments given to us in Exodus 20.

Commandments one, two, and three: when we place other gods before the almighty God, and/or worship idols, or misuse His name, we are stealing from God the glory, honor, and worship that He alone deserves.

Commandment four: Jesus tells us that the Sabbath was created for man, not man for the Sabbath; so when we do not set it aside as a holy day to rest and remember our Lord, we are actually stealing from ourselves. Both our physical and spiritual well-being are compromised.

Commandment five: When we dishonor our parents we are stealing from them the respect that God has placed upon them within our lives. Dishonor and respect is not dependent upon their behavior, but because God has placed them before us. This is also known as a commandment with promise, and that He promises that if we honor our father and mother we will have long life. By not honoring our father and mother we can be stealing years from our own life.

Commandment six: Murder is essentially stealing another person’s life. It is also stealing a loved one from the lives of others.

Commandment seven: Adultery is having sexual relations with someone other than your spouse. By having an affair, you are stealing from your spouse as well as the spouse of the other person. You are infringing upon and taking part in a covenant that is between two other people. Fornication is defined differently as sexual relations outside of marriage all together. Fornication is the stealing of another’s future spouse’s purity as well as stealing from the sacredness of the marriage covenant.

Commandment nine: False testimony, as well as all lying, is stealing truth. Everyone has the right to know and be told the truth and lying in all forms steals that truth both from yourself and from others.

Commandment ten: Coveting is a way we can steal both from God and from ourselves. When we covet that which belongs to someone else, we are basically guilty of an ungrateful heart for that which God has given to us. So we are stealing from God the gratitude that He deserves. We also are stealing from ourselves in that we rob ourselves from the peace that comes with recognizing our blessings.

What do you think? Is the sin of stealing a summary of all sin? Does all sin,one way or another, point back to the sin of stealing? This is what the Lord laid upon my heart throughout the last few days and I believe the sermon given at my church this morning is confirmation of such.

Here is the video of today’s sermon. While it talks about stealing it does not go the direction that I went above, but I continue to see it as confirmation. Be blessed and maranatha!

Hold Fast

Yesterday in church I felt the leading to pray privately for Holy Spirit to be at work in the service. I prayed for a miracle of some sort. Something so obvious all in attendance would recognize it and glorify God. I was concerned when a member suddenly up and left in the middle of the service, having been given the word they were mad about something. I prayed even harder. I do not write of my prayer so as to draw attention to myself. I’m simply relaying how it was. For all I know, others were praying as well.

Our miracle came in the form of a young lady coming forward and confessing Jesus as Lord, repenting, and asking to be baptised. That is miracle enough, but there is more to her story. She comes from a deeply troubled past that includes abuse in all its forms as well as neglect. She and her siblings were rescued from unimaginable conditions and adopted by a loving couple. They moved to our area about a year ago and have been fellowshipping with us. This particular young lady has suffered from severe PTSD and, if I understand correctly, dissociative disorder as a result of her hellish past. She has known multiple personalities that have manifested themselves. In the short time we’ve known her, she has ran away and attempted suicide at least twice that I know. Suffice it to say, she’s had/has a lot of people praying for her. Her actions yesterday were indeed a miracle for which only God Almighty can receive credit and glory!

Yesterday’s events did not end there, however. When such an event happens, the spirit world is affected. We know the angels rejoice when someone comes to Christ. Likewise, evil entities are enraged. I suspect whatever evil spirits harassed this girl were especially angry. As it were, I faced intense spiritual warfare last night. I do not know exactly why they chose to attack me, of all people, but it was an obvious attack. Maybe they were mad at me over my prayer. Perhaps others were attacked as well. I do not know. I just know I was left feeling totally battered and facing a decision. I had to rely on Holy Spirit to both advise me and speak to Father on my behalf. (Romans 8:26) I was at a crossroad. My fleshly intellect wanted to doubt. Everything. But then I would be leaning on my own understanding, and I am at least smart enough to know my own understanding isn’t worth a “hill of beans”, as they say. So, I chose faith. I choose faith. I have enough experience to know God’s word is True and He is faithful and it is all REAL. ALL OF IT! Even that which I do not understand.

Today, after a good night’s sleep, I am reminded that the Christian walk is not an easy one. We will be persecuted and battered. Sometimes we will receive a beating, for reasons we may not understand. But we have a choice. We can take the beating while counting it pure joy (James 1:2-4), or we can hand the enemy a small victory at our expense. The trials and warfare we in America face, after all, cannot compare to the persecutions our brothers and sisters across the world endure.

I choose to have faith that:

being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Philippians 1:6 KJVA

So, keep running the race, Dear Ones.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Romans 8:18 KJVA

Maranatha! ❤