The people who die in a hurricane don't have to do anything to be killed by it. Many of them die from doing nothing and just staying where they are. That's how it is with sin.

Ezekiel 18:30 of God's Word says, "Repent and turn away from all your offenses, then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit." God asks a very pointed question, "Why will you die?" Then He turns it around and says, "Repent and live."

In the Bible, the word repent always refers to changing your mind about sin. Whatever you have been cuddling and tolerating in your life, turn your back on it, change your mind about God, and pin all your hopes on Him.

Hurricanes are killers, but God says that sin is also a killer. With a hurricane, those who don't leave might survive. When it comes to sin, there are no survivors. If you die without your sins forgiven, you will never see God's presence. You will be lost forever; separated by sin He wanted to forgive because of what Christ did on the cross. There are eternal consequences of not dealing with your sin, but sin kills even now. It blows apart marriages, damages the people you love with your temper, ruins the beauty and purity of sex, destroys your reputation, and makes your emotions dark and depressed.

All you have to do to have this life cheapened by sin is to do nothing. All you have to do to spend forever in hell instead of heaven is to do nothing. Stay as you are, and sin will kill you. God says, "Rid yourself of your sin." You can only do that at the cross where Christ died for you, where He said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" ( Luke 23:24). He was forgiving you when He said that.

God has been warning you, knocking on the door, and pursuing you. He is saying, "If you stay where you are, you will die." Don't flirt with disaster. Move away from living your way. The storm is closer than it has ever been to your coast. Flee to the safety of the cross of Jesus Christ.

            

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