What is the Problem?
We have a natural desire to ‘do our own thing,’ and to ignore God’s principles for living. Does this sound familiar?
“Looking out for #1.”
“If it feels good, I’ll do it (regardless of what God says about it).”
“It’s my life and I’ll do what I please!”
The Bible calls this attitude “sin.”
In Isaiah 53:6, the prophet Isaiah says:
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity [sin] of us all.”
In 1 John 1:8, the apostle John tells us:
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
Sin strains our relationship with God. It causes us to fear God and try to live our lives outside of His will.
In Isaiah 59:2, Isaiah tells us:
“But your iniquities [sins] have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”
In Romans 3:23, Paul tells us:
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
When our relationship to God is not right, it causes PROBLEMS in every area of our lives — marriage, career, relationships, finances, etc. When people have problems, they often try many different ways (their own ways) of coping before turning to God.
In Proverbs 16:25, Solomon tells us:
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”
Even when we know that our deepest need is God, we often try wrong ways of getting to know Him:
My mother was a Christian, so…”
“It doesn’t matter what you believe, just be sincere.”
“I’ll give up my bad habits.”
“I’ll work real hard and earn it.”
“I’ll be religious and go to church.”
BUT THESE WAYS DON’T WORK TO RECONCILE US TO GOD!