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Sin Hides The Price Tag

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Sin Hides The Price Tag

My Father, Carl Ballestero, had a rule of thumb when it came to finding a gas station on the road. If there was no price-per-gallon displayed on the station sign, he wouldn’t stop there for gas. He would mumble, “If they won’t put up the price of their gas, it means they are ashamed it.”

Most of the other stations are quick to display a drop in price to attract customers. Those that don’t display their prices might have a reason. They just might be charging more than they should.

Once in a great while, I stumble into a place of business that has items with no price tags. I hate it when I have to ask, “How much is this?”

I even dislike trying to buy something that says, “make an offer.” I just like to know the asking price.

In my elementary way of thinking, the seller knows how much he needs to sell the item for. Just tell me. If it’s too much, I won’t buy. If the price is acceptable, I’m tempted to buy.

It is a common practice in almost every business to mark all items that are for sale. I like it when they do that.

Have you ever noticed that Sin has a way of hiding it’s price tag? Sin is ashamed to tell you up front what you will have to pay.

When you pay for what Sin sells, you’ll pay more than you thought and you will pay longer than you expected.

Every one of us has either said it, or heard it said… “How long do I have to pay for my mistakes?”

If we would have known the price for our Sins, we wouldn’t have been so interested to start with.

Sin hides always the price tags.

It hides the prices tag of:

Loving pleasures more than loving God (2 Tim 3:4 – Your love for God will grow weak)

Immorality (Prov 6:32 – “he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.”)

Loving the world. (1 John 2:15 – The love of the Father is not in you)

Rebellion (1Sam. 15:23 “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft”)

Bitterness (Heb 12:15 – “trouble you, and thereby many be defiled”)

Pride (Prov. 16:18 – “destruction”)

Haughty Spirit (Prov. 16:18 – “a fall”)

Envy (James 3:16 “there is confusion and every evil work.”)

Strife (James 3:16 “there is confusion and every evil work.”)

Drunkenness (Gal 5:21 – “they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”)

Lusts (1Pet. 2:11- “abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul”)

The price tag of Sin is so high that no one in their right mind would ever buy if they looked at the price tag.

Let me turn the tag over and show it to you…

James 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

There, can you see it? I sure wouldn’t buy if I were you! The price is too high!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

October 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Posted in Sin

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  1. Excellent as always.

    Steve Epley

    October 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm

  2. Awesome parallel! I’m sending this on to some other folks to read. Thank you and God bless!

    Patsy

    October 26, 2010 at 6:57 pm

  3. Very good!

    Charlotte Mills

    October 26, 2010 at 9:59 pm

  4. Something Marty II taught me, which I’m sure he got from you, is that sin will keep you longer than you wanted to stay and have you doing more than you thought you would ever do. That was a lesson I learned the hard way years after receiving the Holy Ghost and being baptized in Jesus Name. The wages of sin is death, but what really dies. When we get baptized and receive the Holy Ghost our flesh dies, allowing the spirit of God to live in us. While I was back out in the world and had walked away from church, my spirit started to deteriorate. I wasn’t going to church, my prayer was null and void except for over a plate of food or when things were really bad, and I definitely wasn’t doing what Jesus would do in most instances. I felt that once lively Spirit of the joy of God slipping away from me. Ultimately I had no joy, I just depended on happiness; which was far and in between. But I live today to say that the day I made the commitment to walk back into church and stay, something rose up from the dead inside of me. The day I spoke in tongues was like when Jesus called Lazarus’s name and he woke up from his death chamber. Though we pay a hefty price for our sins, the ultimate price was paid for us on Calvary. Therefore, the debt my friend has already been paid; we don’t have to pay twice.

    Shan

    October 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm

  5. More the worthy of personal consideration and thought!

    Mervi Clark

    October 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm


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