The Perks of Sin (Week 1, Day 3)

redcupsmithWe’re on the third day of reading One in a Million by Priscilla Shirer, so if you are just joining us at the Women’s Bible Cafe, you’re not far behind. Welcome! In this lesson Priscilla discusses yet another barrier to promised land living: the perks of sin. At first glance you may wonder how sin can be appealing!

I’m curious, what did you list on page 17 as some of the perks you’ve seen attached to sin? My list includes:

  • Victim Role
  • Helplessness
  • Celebrity Status
  • Justifiable Behaviors
  • Blame Game

These are just a few of my thoughts. What else does the Enemy use to make sin more appealing? Please post a comment below. In today’s study, author Priscilla Shirer walks us through the passage of Numbers 11:4-7. She details how strong flavors and smells contributed to Israel’s bondage. To enhance my learning, I applied this lesson to my addiction for Latte drinks. The sweet aroma of the Cinnamon syrup, combined with the smooth texture of frothy milk….turned my food (coffee) into an idol.  That’s just my opinion….not yours. The fact that I even spent time to photograph my coffee drink…shows you how much I worshiped my food! For most of you this was simply a cup of coffee. For me, it became an idol.

Can you think of an example similar to this? There are no right/wrong answers in our discussion. The purpose in asking is to inspire you to Think about the Word….rather than just read the Word.

Prayer Requests

Father God, we thank you for allowing us to study together and to be in Your presence as we grow in our faith. Bring the Word into our homes, our hearts, and our minds….as we walk through the pages of the Bible and Live in Your Word. In Jesus name we pray, amen.

Priscilla Shirer Quotes

  • The enemy of our soul always ensures that we enjoy at least a portion of our sin.

Today’s Scripture Verses (NASB)

The rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, “Who will give us meat to eat? 5“We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, 6but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna.” 7Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium. Numbers 11:4-7

Group Discussion

  1. What are some perks you’ve seen attached to sin, to make it more appealing?
  2. Is there a specific food, person, activity or thing…. that has become an idol in your life?

Please post a comment.

Following Him,

Author Christine Abraham

Founder and Ministry Director of the Womens Bible Cafe™ since 2009, Christine has led 60+ online Bible Studies for women. She completed a Graduate of Biblical Studies from Liberty University. She’s an inspired writer, Amazon Top Reviewer and Blogger Follow on Facebook

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Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Jean says:

    I agree with you . . . sometimes he tries to make us enjoy the victim role, and I am working so hard on learning not to take offense, even when my flesh wants to take major offense! Satan can use that to keep up from “growing up” in Christ.

  • Christine says:

    Great comment, thank you. While some sins are more obvious, such as affairs and addictions, its these tiny sins that seem trivial, that become idols in my life. Anything that distracts me from reading the Bible, praying and spending time with God. Admittedly, it’s much easier to grab a latte drink than it is to sit down with a heavy Bible, stare at the pages and “wait” for life applications.

    That’s why Bible study has been so useful for me. Having a reading schedule, a workbook and a leader such as Beth Moore, Jennifer Rothschild or Priscilla Shirer keeps me walking through the pages of my Bible rather than sitting a coffee cup on top of my Bible!

  • mcprodigal says:

    We know that Jesus was in all ways tempted like us, as a man. I recently heard someone point out that he actually was able to deal with temptation at a much deeper level than us. Why? He never yielded to sin like lattes and thin crust pizza with extra garlic, therefore, He would have been tempted much longer.

    We live in a world in which we’ve already conceded to ourselves that we will give and so temptation is limited to the time span between the thought and the sin in almost every case. I think that’s why revivalist Leonard Ravenhill suggests that our generation quit looking for miracles and start searching for holinesss.

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