Overtaking

About a year ago I noticed a place on my  back where my skin color was different from the color of the rest of my skin.  The spot was small so I didn’t think much about it.  As time went on the spot began to get larger.  Eventually the spot came to be about the size of my hand.  It wasn’t noticable except when I would get hot or get out of the shower.  Therefore, I began to think this spot was a heat rash or something to that effect.  A few months after noticing this spot, I noticed that after I would shower my neck and chest were splotchy.   Once again, I shrugged this off as a heat rash and didn’t think much about it.  It did not take long for these spots to begin to overtake my upper torso.  Finally, I decided to see a dermatologist about these spots that were overtaking my body.  Upon meeting with the doctor, he determined it was a fungus I caught in the summer air.  He prescribed me 4 pills and some cream and the fungus was completely gone within one week.

Sin affects our life in the same manner the fungus affected my skin.  It enters in very subtle and begins to grow.  If sin goes undiagnosed, it can overtake your life in a short matter of time!  It begins to wrap itself all throughout your life until you are completely covered with sin to the point that you see nothing else.  Once sin enters in it only wants to stick around.  Remember, sin will ALWAYS take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you’re willing to stay, and cost you more than you’re willing to pay.  There is only one way to get rid of the sin that covers our life.  The cure is through the blood of Jesus.  By Him dying on the cross for our sin, His blood covers us if we accept His grace! 

Romans 6:22-23 (New International Version)

22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Britt

Britt Johnston - Student and Missions Pastor Graduated from William Carey in '04. Attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for Grad School from 2004-2007. Married Michaela on April 14, 2007.

5 Comments On “Overtaking”

  1. I love the analogy. I think we all forget how powerful sin really is and that we are all vulnerable to letting it start and bleed into our lives. It starts with one small spark and can cosume quickly.

  2. I like what you shared. Sin is so like that. I accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord and made a profession of faith at age 11. I was then baptized by your dad. My life has changed from that most important decision I made as a child. Not so very proud, I in my teenage years got caught up in SIN. At first, it may have just been out of being curious or rebellion against my parents. I was going to church but not living like the Christian I should have been. Sin soon manifested itself. Alot because I was not growing personally and I just thought well I am saved. I had trust in Him but He could not trust me to be a witness for Him. Well that all hit in 2001. I was so stricken with guilt. I told God that I was sorry and it was real. I started letting Him change me from the inside out. I wondered alot of things. God has made alot of sense out of alot of my questions. I had become blinded by sin, But praise God He opened my eyes. Now I am and have been a very active Christian. A good Christian witness. I do however have this desire in my heart to be baptized. I have heard I do not have to be baptized over. I understand that. God never left me! You cannot lose your salvation. But this desire keeps within. I was wondering if you thought it would be right to do this. Like a rededication baptism that my life is different. What He has done within me.

  3. Abby,
    What an amazing testimony you now have and can share with others! To answer your question shortly, yes, I think if you have a desire to be baptized again to be symbolic of dying to sin and being raised new in Christ please do so! What a testimony you can be to others through your baptism. Let others know how you have come out of sin, died to it through Christ, and now live truly for Him! I think this would be nothing but a testimony of what Christ has done throughout your life!

  4. DO YALL DO BAPTISM AND IF SO WOULD YOU OR YOUR DAD BE WILLING TO DO IT AT WHERE YALL DO IT MAMA AND I WERE GOING TO VISIT YALLS CHURCH ONE SUNDAY OR WEDNESDAY FOR A VISIT YOU EXPLAINED IT EXACTLY HOW I FEEL WITHIN SO YOU UNDERSTAND I WANT YOU OR YOUR DAD TO DO IT IF YOU WOULD BE WILLING I WILL SEND YALL MY TESTIMONY AND SOME OTHER STUFF IF YALL WILL SEND ME YOUR ADDRESS THANKS FOR WRITING BACK GOD IS USING YOU AND THAT IS SUCH A BLESSING

  5. WE ARE WITHOUT A PASTOR RIGHT NOW AND BEEN WITHOUT ONE OUR CHURCH IS NOT DOING SO GOOD ALOT OF BITTERNESS AND HURT IN OUR CHURCH OUR CHURCH NEEDS PRAYER AND HEALING ALOT OF HARD HEARTS PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CHURCH I DO NOT WANT TO PUT THIS OFF I AM READY TO DO GREAT THINGS FOR GOD I JUST HAVE THIS DESIRE AND HAVE HAD IT SINCE 2001 I TRIED TO PASS IT OFF SAY THAT I DID NOT NEED TO DO IT OVER BUT IT IS NOT THAT I NEED TOO BUT THAT I TRUELY DESIRE TOO IF ONE OF YOU WOULD DO IT I WOULD BE WILLING TO COME WHERE YALL ARE AT TO DO IT ME AND MY FAMILY DO YOU THINK YOUR DAD WOULD BE OPEN TO IT THANKS YOUR SISTER IN CHRIST

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