Set Thine House In Order

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We learn from 2 Kings 2:20 that Hezekiah was sick to the point of death, and the prophet Isaiah came to him and told him the Lord had said: “Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die.” (v. 1). The fact that he was told to set his house in order was evidence that it was out of order.

As long as there is sin in our life, our life is out of order. Therefore, we all should see the need to not only get our life in order, but also to keep it in order. All have sinned, and at times do sin. (Rom. 3:23). We read in Gal. 3:22: “But the Scripture has confirmed all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.” First Kings 8: 46 says: “For there is no one who does not sin.” The apostle Paul said: “What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.” Then last, John said: “If we say that we have no sin” or that “we have not sinned” we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us, making God a liar and His Word is not in us! (1 Jn. 1:8, 10).

Sin separates one from God. (Isa. 59:1-2). Thus, Proverbs 5:22 says: “The evil deeds (his own iniquities) of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.” Where does sin lead? According to Rom. 6:23, “The wages of sin is death.” Thus, in view of the consequences of sin, it is imperative that we recognize that as long as sin reigns in our lives, our lives are out of order!

We are responsible for setting our life in order. We are personally responsible for our decisions and actions. Stephen Covey said: “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” Foy L. Smith said: “The ability to accept responsibility is the measure of the man.” John D. Rockefeller said: “I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession a duty.” Therefore, regardless of the actions of others, and the circumstances in which we find ourselves, we are personally responsible for our actions! (See Gal. 6:7-8). Think on these things.

Dennis Abernathy

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