In St Louis in 1984 an unemployed cleaning woman noticed a few bees buzzing around the attic of her home. Since she only saw a few bees, she made no attempt to deal with them, thinking them harmless. Throughout the summer months the bees continued to fly in and out of the attic vent while the woman remained unconcerned and unaware of the growing city of bees.
Near the end of summer the whole attic had become a hive and it wasn’t long before the ceiling of the second floor bedroom caved in under the weight of hundreds of pounds of honey and thousands of bees. While the woman recovered from what could have been fatal injuries, she was unable to repair the damage of her accumulated neglect and the house was demolished.
We have to be on guard against the effect of gradual, cumulative sin in our lives.
Unacknowledged and unrepented sin accumulates and grows until it has a stronghold and we are bound by our sin.
Fellowship with God is impossible, because our sin separates us from God. Isaiah 59:2
Of our own selves we are hopeless, but praise God, He will never let us go. He will draw us back to Himself, but the process will possibly be painful for us. As soon as we repent, fellowship is restored.
We need to keep short accounts with God.
# Don’t trifle with sin: sin is no trifle!
# Sin always ruins where it reigns.
# The sins we excuse will return to accuse.
# If you don’t want to trade with the devil, stay out of his shops.
# Sin enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree.
# One cherished sin will make way for all others.
# Sin cannot be reduced to manageable proportions.