Get Rid of Sin
When God tells you to get rid of something, He means, completely get rid of it. In Numbers 33v55 God warns His people to get rid of the inhabitants of the land that they were going to take over.
It sounds awkward to hear God say, “Make sure you ‘get rid’ of everyone!” We view God as loving and caring and basically wanting to do good all the time. Yet, the Bible shows us a God who sometimes must get serious and deadly.
Why would God tell them to “get rid” of these people? Because these people had dangerous beliefs and behaviors. They did horrible things and He didn’t want His people to adopt those beliefs and behaviors.
For us who want to follow and obey Jesus, we don’t have the command to “get rid” of people. We are instead, we are to “get rid” of sin in our life.
Sin seems to be more pronounced when we first come to believe in Jesus. Then, we continue our lives as usual. We put things into our eyes knowing that God said in His Word that they are wrong.
We tell ourselves, “it’s okay, we have Jesus and He is all that we need.” However truthful that statement is, there is also truth to what God is saying here in Numbers 33v55. If we don’t get rid of those sins, big or small, in our life, those sins will come back to haunt us.
God’s desire is that we live a life free and separated from sin. He understands that it’s hard, especially when it comes to denying ourselves. Yet, He’s given us the power of the Holy Spirit to give us the strength to act on His Words from the Bible.
If we don’t make an effort to get rid of sin, no matter how small, then it will come back to bite us and we will find ourselves under some pretty risky circumstances.
Remember, the Word of God speaks most clearly when you are reading the Bible.
God’s advice to us: read His Word, rely on His Spirit to empower you and make every effort to get rid of sin in your life.
Numbers 33v55 (NLT)
But if you fail to drive out the people who live in the land, those who remain will be like splinters in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in the land where you live.