Sin is very deceitful and can harden your heart. “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb. 3:13). It can harden the heart so badly that the gospel has trouble converting a sinner from the error of his ways.
For every alcoholic, there of necessity had to be the first drink and then a second and so on. The same is true for the drug addict and the chronic gambler. It all had to begin somewhere and almost always innocently. It is easy to be deceived when the temptations are subtly slow. Most never consider the consequences of their sinful actions (Gen. 3:1-23).
What Sin Can Do
First, sin will take you further than you wanted or ever intended to Go. The first drink of alcohol, the first “high,” the first bet, is as far as many planned to go! Most just want to experience something different and take an adventure. None of them ever considered that the first involvement with sin could ever destroy their very soul. (2 Sam. 11-12).
Secondly, sin will keep you longer than you wanted to stay. Those who fall, the victim, are blinded by the pleasure of the first drink, the first high, or the first win (Heb. 11:25). The pleasure was so intense that they are sucked into going after it over and over again. Many think, “just one more time won’t hurt.” They only intended to drink alcohol to be social, or smoke marijuana socially or to place a bet just “once in a while,” then find themselves entangled and overcome by it (2 Pet. 2:20).
Thirdly, sin will cost you more than you wanted to pay. How many alcoholics planned on killing an innocent person with a motor vehicle? How many drug addicts planned on contacting AIDS or stealing to support their habit? How many look further down the road to all the damage sin can cause? More important than all the physical damage sin can cause, consider the fact that their souls are at stake (Acts 5:1-10)?
Conclusion: Most think that it can’t happen to them, but much too often it does. We might think that we are being blessed by God and not consider that we are being tempted with fornication, adultery, or some other work of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21). Sin can verily take you farther than you wanted or intended to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay, and cost you more than you wanted to pay. They can cost you your very soul! Let us take heed to the words spoken by Solomon who wrote: “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away” (Prov. 4:14, 15). Brethren, “Be not deceived”, evil is all around us and is waiting for the right moment to trip you up and steal your very soul (1 Cor. 6:9-10). Let us keep our eyes on the prize and put on the whole armor of God that we might be able to stand against the trickery of the devil ( 1 Cor 9:24-27 ff; Philip 3:14; Eph 6:11-18).