Forfeit by Sin

Proverbs 20:2

The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives. (NIV)

Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart

What happens if you break the rules?

That seems like such a simple question, but for some reason we, humanity as a whole, seems to disregard the answer to this question on a fairly regular basis.

We prove this by keeping the wrong change when given too much by the cashier, posting a stupid and mean comment online, or speeding while driving down the road.

Yet think about this: what tends to happen when we see a police car on the side of the road? We have a minor panic attack thinking about the trouble we may be in!

It is evidenced by our children disobeying established rules, like throwing a ball in the house, playing with toys instead of doing homework, or doing something wrong and blaming a sibling or a friend.

How do the children feel? Afraid of the coming punishment, because they know they did something wrong. They hear their parents coming a mile away!

How do parents feel? Heartbroken that their child cannot follow simple rules.

God Hates Sin

Every time we sin, it is like telling our Heavenly Father His rules are stupid. We invite His punishment, and often with reckless abandon.

Sadly, it is our reckless abandon that invites His wrath, as well.

The good news is that God loves us so much and hates our sin so much that He stepped down into humanity to save us from His wrath by dying on the cross and rising from the grave.

Those who continue to disobey His laws and refuse to acknowledge His sacrifice remain under His wrath.

In effect, they choose to “sinneth against [their] own soul” and “forfeit their lives” to the wrath of the King.

Just King, thank You for saving us by taking the wrath due us on Your own shoulders. Help us by Your Holy Spirit to obey Your commands to love each other. Help us to love those who are still under Your wrath and lead them to Your grace and forgiveness.

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About Daniel M. Klem

I am a product of the '80's (meaning I was born in that decade) and married to the most beautiful woman I know since 2009 (beautiful in appearance and as a woman of God). I graduated in the spring of 2013 from Grand Canyon University with a Christian Leadership major, and now I am a student at Phoenix Seminary. Also, most importantly, Jesus saved me ... and you. View all posts by Daniel M. Klem

2 responses to “Forfeit by Sin

  • backthewaywecame

    Recently I listened to a downloaded talk given by R.T. Kendall when he visited our congregation. Quite rightly he mentions that we no longer tell people that they face the wrath of God unless they turn from their sin.
    The words in your post, “We have a minor panic attack thinking about the trouble we may be in” is something I seldom experience, because I know that that particular sin is not habitual. In this case it is wonderful to know I can turn to Father YHWH in the name of our advocate Yeshua Messiah and ask Him to forgive us, and receive the assurance that He has done so.
    But when it comes to habitual sin that I don’t want to let go of, (e.g. loathing certain folk who consistently are inconsiderate of others), I thank the Lord that His righteousness (Yeshua Messiah) in me provokes me to have a “minor panic attack.”
    That minor panic attack has saved me more than I can count, bringing about death to that sin, and life towards YHWH by His Spirit.
    Are we not the most fortunate people on earth to have a God like YHWH and His Son Yeshua Messiah who delivers us out of the hand of the enemy? All praise to His wonderful name.

    • Daniel M. Klem

      Between minor panic attacks and requested queasiness, God has helped me avoid many sins or situations that could lead to sin.

      The young men I have discipled make me so happy, in that they do not shy away from the hard topics and tell people how it really is. I am finding ever more brothers and sisters in Christ who refuse to let our world and emotions intimidate us into silence on biblical truths about God’s nature, warnings, and promises (which can be the same thing).

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