The Effects of Sin and Marital Delay
Sin has consequences (although the devil will have us believe otherwise) and one consequence of sin is unanswered prayers which results in delay in getting married, for those who are asking God for a spouse. God will not hear prayers when sin is present, John 9:31 says, “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.”
What is Sin?
The Webster’s dictionary defines sin as an action contrary to the law of God. I define sin as wrong doing or disobedience to the word or will of God. Sin can also be defined as the opposite or righteousness.
The Origin of Sin
Sin originated in the Garden of Eden, at the beginning of creation when man chose to disobey God’s instructing and eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which God forbade him to eat of (Genesis 2:16-17). Sin began when the serpent, the devil (Revelation 12:9 & 20:2) deceived the woman.
Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden. God hath said, ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
The sin came when Adam at the fruit. Eve was deceived, but Adam was not deceived (1 Timothy 2:14). Adam wilfully disobeyed God. (Romans 5:12 & 19).
The Effects of Sin
Apart from unanswered prayers, which could lead to a delay of our desires, sin also has other consequences and some are listed and explained below.
Sin brings captivity. Captivity is a state of being imprisoned. Captivity can create a delay in answers to prayers or in receiving blessings from God because in captivity you have no say, you are a prisoner and a prisoner has no choice.
The Bible records that whenever the children of Israel sinned against God, God sent them into captivity, to become the servants of their enemies. When you are in captivity, you are a servant, and the devil is your master.
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom you obey, whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
To obey sin is to obey the devil, and because you obey him, he becomes your master and you become his servant.
A master decides the fate of his servant. Therefore, when in captivity, you are subject to the will of the devil. And what is the devil’s will? For avoidance of doubt, the Bible says he is a thief and comes only to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). This is his will and will ultimately be the experience of anyone in captivity.
Sin brings curses from God. This kind of curse is also known as the curse of the law. When Adam and Eve sinned against God, they came under the curse of the law of sin and death. God cursed them.
Unto the woman He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception, in sorrow thou shall bring forth children: and thy desire shall be to thy husband and he shall rule over thee.
And unto Adam He said, because thou hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, thou shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shall thou eat it all the days of thy life;
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shall eat the herb of the feed.
In the sweat of thy face shall thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art and unto dust shall thou return.
Cain also came under the curse of the law when out of envy he smote his younger brother Abel and killed him. God said to him;
And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
When thou tillest the ground, it shall not yield unto thee her strength, a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
Genesis 4: 11-12
When David sinned against God by taking Bathsheba the wife of Uriah the Hittite and then killing Uriah with the sword, he came under the curse of the law. God said the sword would never depart from the house of David because he had killed Uriah with the sword (2 Samuel 12:10). God also said He would take David’s wives and give them to his neighbour to lie with them in the sight of the sun for all Israel to see (2 Samuel 12:11).
In some cases, the curse of the law is transferred from one generation to another, so that it affects the innocent as well as the guilty just like the curse placed on Adam and Eve affected many generations after them until Jesus came and brought redemption (Romans 8:2 & Galatians 3:13). Also, when people commit the sin of idolatry, the curse does not only affect them, it affects generations after them.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.
However, this was before the coming of Jesus Christ. For the Bible says, in Romans 8:1, “there is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit.” Besides, if a man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away behold all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Noah cursed his last born Ham’s descendants, the Canaanites, because he (Ham) looked upon his father’s nakedness and told it to his brethren (Genesis 9:21-25).
Sin can also bring curses from the prophets of God. Gehazi was the servant of Elisha and he sinned by collecting for himself the gifts Elisha had earlier rejected from Naaman the Syrian. Therefore, Elisha cursed him saying “the leprosy of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and to thy seed forever” (2 Kings 5:25-27).
5. Hindered Prayers
Sin hinders prayers. God does not hear the prayer of the sinner (John 9:31) because “the Lord is far from the wicked” (Proverbs 15:29). Also, God’s eyes are too pure to look upon evil and iniquity (Habakkuk 1:13).
Sin brings a separation from God and if God is separated from us how can He hear our prayers, let alone answer?
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy that it cannot hear:
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.
For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
To be continued.
Eturuvie Erebor (AKA Gabriella)