Be Vigilant Against Sin

Edwin Louis Cole's classic book Maximized Manhood, identifies sins that kept Israel from reaching the Promised Land. If you have been born again and are connected in covenant to God through the tithe, these sins maybe the reason that you are not experiencing The Blessing in your life. So, what are the sins? They are identified in 1 Corinthians 10:
For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert.
Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry." We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. We should not test the Lord, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.
These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
The sins identified in this passage are the following:
  1. Lust

  2. Idolatry

  3. Fornication

  4. Tempting Christ

  5. Murmuring
If you need to understand what these sins are, please consider buying Dr. Cole's book and read it. It will probably be enlightening for you to learn what these sins really mean especially lust (desire to get) versus love (desire to give), and idolatry (which can be as obvious as worshipping other gods or as subtle as creating a fantasy in your mind to satisfy yourself). If you have committed any of these sins, repent and follow the formula in 1 John 1:9 to remove it from your life:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
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