Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Don't Leave A Trail

I Timothy 5:24
The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them.

There’s a Dijorno Pizza commercial where a guy and some of his friends are eating Pizza when his wife walks in to discover muddy footprints on the carpet. She says, “Who did this?” the husband says, “it was the delivery guy.” The only problem is that he left the store bought pizza box in the trash and his wife made him scrub the stains out of the carpet. He left a trail.

How many of us are still cleaning up the mess of yesterdays miss steps? Sin is when we miss the mark; when we fall short of God’s standards. For some people it is obvious what their sin is, when they are belligerent offenders, criminals, prostitutes, murders, etc. But then there are those of us who look innocent but there is a trail that usually ties us to the crime.

The idea is not to cover up your trail so you won’t get caught but not to have a trail to cover up. God’s forensic skills are way better than Miami CSI. There is nothing done in the dark that will not come to light.

Don’t leave a trail:

1. Never say anything you don’t want repeated. One person always has to tell another person. What you whisper in the room will be shouted from the rooftops. Cell phones are megaphones for the enemy. Big brother is listening.

2. When you give don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. God is the only one who needs to see your generosity.

3. Always keep a clear conscious it’s your only alibi. A good name and reputation are worth more than gold.

4. Before you do anything ask yourself, “would I be embarrassed if this was on the front page of the newspaper?” If you see your mama passing out reading the article you should step away and make some other plans.

5. If you sin, confess your sins because God is faithful to forgive you of your sins.

Dear God, thank you for helping clean up my mess. Today, help me to walk with integrity so that I will not leave a trail of sin to discredit my name or bring shame to yours. Give me a clean heart so I can serve you. Thank you for keeping me even when I didn’t deserve to be kept. I love you Lord!

In Jesus name,

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