Saturday, December 17, 2011

Where there's sin there's laughter

In the 'International Herald Newspaper there was this article on the occupy Moscow protests. This Lady is carrying the sign that has a caption according to the Newspapers translation that read, "Where there's sin, there's laughter. She has on the sign that has pictures of the Russian leaders laughing. Thus she is basically calling them sinners. But as I was reading other articles I couldn't get that phrase out of my mind. Where there is sin most often there is crying. Where there is sin most often people are hurt. Sin in the history of mankind has never produced a positive effect over the long term. Kind David has committed sin and it didn't seem like it would affect the family that much but it did. His sin tore the family up it cost him joy and there was no laughter. Oh he laughed when she came over for a late night meeting and they giggled and snickered but in the end sin cost them happiness. Bathsheba's family was ripped apart where we find later on her grandfather committing suicide. David's family too suffer the most I feel. Absolom ended up trying to overthrow his Father's kingdom and then loosing his life in a battle.

As we wind down Christmas this year, there are temptations to the left and to the right. Let's keep our eyes on Jesus straight ahead for the new year because it just isn't worth it. Where there is sin there is laughter for a while then the storms come not just one but many one after the other. We are so in the last days who ever you are I pray you will put Christ first in your life and turn from any playful banter or innocent flirting. It leads down a road filled with laughter but then there is a wall to crash into.

Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Hebrews 11:25
Moses was a character that made a choice. He had the choice. He Chose God and the people of God.  Moses could have laughed it up in the Palace of the Pharaoh. He could of had any pleasure in his life. Yet he rejected it all. Because he did he saw God work amazing mighty works. He received rewards and blessings that huge. I would hope to obtain half of what he got but I always ask for double like Elisha referencing Elijah's spiritual blessing.

Solomon was a many that filled the halls of the greatest palaces ever built in that region. He laughed with all 600 wives and 300 concubines. He had the finest food and wine money could buy. But in the end it was all vanity. He was empty with so much. Yea, sin is pleasurable for a season but we'd do well to be like Moses or greater still like Jesus who was without sin. It simply pleased God. You want God to be proud of you...don't sin. "this is my son in whom I am well pleased." That is a quote from a proud daddy.

So if you have the random thought like I do. What can I get you Father in Heaven for Christmas? He'd just love me to be obedient and fellowship with him constantly. He so loves us all. He is so gracious. Maybe you sinned and the laughter is gone. The storms are here or there is deafening silence from God. Repent! and times of refreshing will occur. I pray that this season you will choose a relationship with God and not with sin. You see "where there's sin there's laughter" is correct. Satan is the one laughing all the way while causing us so much pain and suffering.  Let's wipe the smile off his face and obey.

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