“No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God,” 1 John 3:9 ESV.
“You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions,” Psalm 45:7 ESV.
There are a lot of believers suffering within sin issues, and I want to encourage you today that first and foremost if you love God and His Word you HATE sin and all wickedness.
If you hate sin that proves you have been changed and belong to God.
Now ALL believers in Christ have had trials dealing with sin issues that arise as we grow in grace and in His knowledge in the Word of God.
For example, I had a very hard case in myself, being that I couldn’t forgive and held on to bitterness to someone who hurt me deeply.
I thought I would be stuck forever it seemed, but it was hard, but I did not give up. I struggled a very long time, and I didn’t want them rooted in my heart! I was so serious and beloved it is going to take being very serious to be an overcomer in the days to come for it will cost believers in Christ our very life if need be.
I finally had an on the carpet moment! What I meant is, I got very serious and fasted and prayed and I desperately sought and asked God…. “God, I need your grace and favor to forgive and help me to dig and release all roots of bitterness within me, because I cannot do it myself!”
Each day I kept asking God, anytime I heard those words in my head that would prompt me into unforgiveness or bitterness, I would pray and ask God for his favor, HIS grace, and strength each day to overcome these sins! I got stronger and stronger as time went on but in all honesty of heart and mind, it wasn’t easy, and I struggled but I kept God in the struggle with me and I truly hated my sin.
Then one day I noticed that I had no more unforgiveness and bitterness about the person!
I was so relieved and surprised that they were gone, and I finally could forgive, and the root of bitterness had finally been dug out of my heart!
I think we need to be real with people, because nobody talks about the processes we go through to victory. People talk about how holy and good Paul was and I know he was. But I can read between the lines, that man suffered for the gospel, and nobody can tell me different!
Sometimes our victories are moment by moment or some are demonstratively amazing, but no one truly knows the spiritual muscle you packed on when you conquered your sin moment by moment, or massive times of victory. In every case spiritual ground is won!
In closing, the bottom line is if we hate sin, we prove our love for God. When we practice lawlessness or sin in whatever form, we prove we need correction and repentance, or we are a false believer. He who practices sin is not of God.
As a believer, you must not practice and live in wickedness and sin. For example, if you say you love God and go to church but you believe God overlooks the fact that you go home and stay drunk, commit open fornication or homosexuality, and even expose your children to it?
Does this sound like reality to you?
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God,” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV.
“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people…” Hebrews 10:26-31 ESV.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey