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A Failure of Imagination

Updated: Nov 11, 2020


It’s the consequences of sin you fail to imagine, that will most destroy you. (author unknown)

Meditate on that statement and these possible scenarios in your life, for a few minutes.


  1. Think about a relationship with someone of the opposite sex who you may be more fond of than you should.

  2. Think about a website you visit often that you know you should not, that has become for you a

  3. Think about the expense account you’ve been padding for years, or income you’ve failed to report.

  4. Think about your relationship with your spouse that’s slowly drifting away.

  5. Think about how many times you’ve told yourself, “This is my last drink. (or whatever)?”

  6. Think about the last angry conversation you had with your parents or a sibling, which is still unresolved.

  7. Think about that habitual sin, you’ve gotten used to and can’t imagine living without.

  8. Think about the hours daily you waste on social media or games that distract you from true friendships or service in the kingdom.

  9. Think about the wounds from years past you still are re-living that keep you enslaved to anger.

  10. Think about that one person you’ve never forgiven, who doesn’t give you any thought at all, but is robbing you of the joy of your salvation.

  11. Think about your failure to spend significant time with God regularly.

“The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.” Proverbs 11:6

My dad died at age 46. He was a good dad. We cared for his family and loved God. He was also a smoker. He died of lung cancer. He apparently could not imagine the consequences of the cumulative affect of tens of thousands of these small, and eventually lethal, bad decisions, which destroyed him. Can you?

“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12

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