Taking Sin Too Lightly

Staged photo of Mark Prostrate

Sobering Look at Sin

The 30 minute audio below came from Pinehurst Baptist Church in November 2017.

It is sobering and so I will merely give you the link, and below it, a few notes. Please note that when it gets a bit difficult to hear, it is because I am on my belly talking to God. This I did in front of the congregation, and would do it again if given the chance.

Psalm 51:17

The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart.

What’s In Your Mind When Sin is in Your Heart?

Sin’s Impact on Your Prayer Life

Deuteronomy 3:26

But the LORD was angry with me on account of you and would not listen to me. The LORD said to me, ‘That’s enough! Do not speak to Me again about this matter.

Isaiah 1:15

When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will refuse to look at you; even if you offer countless prayers, I will not listen. . .

Isaiah 59:2

But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have made Him hide His face from you so that He does not listen.

Lamentations 3:41-44

41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands
to God in heaven:
42 We have sinned and rebelled;
You have not forgiven.

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43 You have covered Yourself in anger and pursued us;
You have killed without compassion.
44 You have covered Yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.

Proverbs 28:9

Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law– even his prayer is detestable.

Cry Out for Mercy

By Praying Thru Psalm 38, then

Remember Psalm 51:17 . . .

So You Can Get to Psalm 118:19


Blessings my friends,

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PS. Forgive me for “staging” the featured image above, but I searched and searched the internet and couldn’t find anyone prostrating themselves that looked remotely like they might be Baptist.

Seriously, that is where I prostrate myself before the Lord, the only thing is there is normally a  cocktail table in the center of the rug, but again, this is ONLY A VISUAL.

Thank you for understanding.

Entangled By Sin

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Forgive me. I am NOT giving a license for sin. I just want to discuss sin in light of the way we, or I, often look at it. And I think you might too.

What is the sin that so easily entangles you?

I know which mine is!

Do you know what is yours?

This morning I was reviewing today’s Devo that will be put up on our ministry FB page https://www.facebook.com/CommonThreadMinistries/

As I reviewed it I came under deep conviction about the way I sometimes handle sin in my life. I want to share my notes with you, and be a bit transparent, but, I’d like you to try and do the same thing.

Would you take a moment and be transparent with yourself, as I tried to be with myself? Even as I write these words I am thinking about my notes that I journaled this morning and am wondering “how-transparent” should I be with you?

Well, let’s see what comes out.

Here’s what I want to do. I will give the Devo verse in Italics and then my notes below it.

Again, let the Lord speak to you about what sin you have going on in your life that you want to jettison, that you no longer want to hold onto. Or maybe . . .

. . . you TRULY want to hold onto your sin?

Be honest with God about it. Remember, he already knows your sin better than you do.

Precept (Principle)
Luke 12:15
Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
— Lord, I know this! Why is it so hard to live it? Especially when I am dealing with that sin which so easily entangles me (Hebrews 12:1)? The truth is Father, there are times when I do want to covet that elusive sin that keeps kicking-my-tail!

Promise (from God)
Isaiah 29:19
The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
— Father, I confess that my joy in You is so fickle. And its fickleness is usually based on whether my attitude about my sin has my focus or if You have my focus. Forgive me Lord, the issue isn’t sin kicking-my-tail, the issue is me choosing to NOT submit to You.

Prayer (to God)
Psalm 27:4
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple.
— I am grateful Father, that my desire for this sin and my lack of joy, THEY DO send me to Your presence. Oh Lord, my Lord, be majestic in my life today (Psalm 8:1, 9).


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