Slay Your Dragons Day 3 of 5 from Daniel Kolenda on YouVersion read by Brian and Andi Hale
Hate Your Dragon
We tolerate sin and compromise in our lives because we do not see these things for the destructive enemies that they are.
In Matthew 18, Jesus was trying to express how brutal our attitude toward sin should be. It is not a side issue. It is not insignificant. Sin can destroy our lives, both in this world and in eternity. Not only that but it can also destroy the lives of those around us.
God hates sin because He sees the beginning from the end. He sees the damage and destruction sin causes in our lives and in the world. If we can get God’s perspective on those little dragons in our lives, if we can see them as they really are—fire-breathing monsters in the making—we will become ruthless with them, just as God is. If we find ourselves coddling sins or tolerating compromise in our own lives, something is dangerously wrong.
We have to get serious about sin. For most Christians, what would be far more effective in your spiritual battle is simply learning to love Jesus more— sitting at His feet, drinking of His presence. Learning to obey out of a place of love is even more powerful than the most articulate spiritual warfare prayer.
Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.Matthew 18:7-9