One of the most menacing viruses in existence is HIV (which leads to AIDS). Though HIV itself doesn’t kill anyone, it weakens the body’s natural defences in such a way that even a common cold could lead to a person’s death.
The spiritual virus we will speak about today works similarly to HIV, as it attacks the spiritual defences of those infected by it.
Virus no. 7 – Sin
Faith is a gift from God. It is a weapon that connects us to Him and equips us to fight against all the viruses of evil that have been spoken of up until now. It is based on having a good conscience.
“…Having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck…” (1 Timothy 1:19)
Good conscience -> faith -> communion with God -> certainty, victory, courage, protection and trust.
When something affects our good conscience, faith collapses.
The devil knows that there is no way that he can beat this supernatural power, and so his strategy is to make us hand over this weapon, thereby leaving us vulnerable to his attacks. He works in the following way:
Temptation -> sin -> guilty conscience, doubt, a lack of faith and spiritual death.
This is what he did with Adam and Eve. By convincing them to disobey God, he turned them into his servants.
The same happened to the children of Israel when they “did evil in the sight of the Lord, so the Lord gave them into the hands of Midian for seven years” (Judges 6:1).
Sin enslaves. It is obedience to the devil.
“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)
Below are examples of what the devil uses to lead people to sin:
- Relationships –casual sex, lust, adultery, etc.
- Material riches –greed, theft, the love of money, materialism, etc.
- Lies – he puts us in situations where lying appears to be the easiest way out. Remember, all lies have a father.
- Addictions – the Internet, drugs, alcohol, everything that is done to extremes and eats away at your self-control.
- Bad thoughts and feelings –rage, resentment, grudges, hatred, self-pity, a desire for revenge, pride (which caused Lucifer’s fall).
The symptoms of those who live in sin are:
A lack of enthusiasm to pray (without faith, how can we connect with God?); thoughts that God is far away; spiritual weakness (a lack of interest in the things of God); an absence of peace; depending on the faith of others; indecision, doubt, confusion; fear; passivity; sadness; insecurity and the like.
“Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:15)