O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:55-58).
Today's Morsel: Have you ever been stung by a wasp or a bee? Those stingers are painful when they are injected into you. My parents use to tell us to stay away from them, leave them along, and they want bother or sting you. If you notice, they cause swelling and redness, and they may even cause you to have a reaction that can kill you. Paul says that death has a sting, and it's call sin. James says that this sting is also inside of lust. Lust is like a bee or wasp, and it, too, carries the sting of sin. And once lust attaches itself to you, it will inject its sting into you as well. Sin is like an insect sting. Once it is injected into you, it can cause you to swell up with pride, envy, jealousy, deceit, sedition, hatred, lust, evil, and emulation. It can cause redness of eyes from drugs, alcohol, and watching things that can destroy your eyesight and good judgment. And the end result of sin is always death (Roman 6:23). Therefore, the key to survival from the sting of death is to get the stinger out as quickly as possible. "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:37-38). Stay away from sin, and it won't sting you!
Sing: I wanna be washed in the blood of the Lamb. I need a cleansing from the fountain. My soul is hungry, I've got this aching within. I wanna be washed, in the blood of the Lamb.