God hates sin. He does not hate you. You know why He hates sin? Because it hurts you. Why does He care? Because He loves you.
Do you think God sent His Son to save you just so you could keep walking around guilty and depressed? Do you think Jesus was tortured and killed for your sins just so you could continue to walk around feeling ashamed and horrible? Do you think the Holy Spirit was sent here to encourage you for you to just push the encouragement away and walk around discouraged and bitter?
We are all sinners. Guitly in every degree. Jesus washed that away at the cross. The forgiveness, the change, and the rest is all right there waiting for you to accept it. I know it is hard to let go of beating yourself up. I know. You feel like you have to because that is what you deserve. But that takes away from the suffering Jesus went through to save you. It says that what He did wasn’t enough. That you don’t think His power was enough to save you and you must punish yourself to be saved. Jesus did it because you can’t. Do you hear me? You can’t!! You will never punish yourself enough. You will never punish others enough. You will never behave well enough either and neither will anyone else.
What God sent His Son to offer you is forgiveness, continual forgiveness. Guilt creates bitterness creates sin creates guilt creates bitterness creates sin….
How do we break this cycle? Believe in your forgiveness by the power of Christ (breaks guilt). That leads to believing in forgiving others by the power of Christ (breaks the bitterness). Believe the power of Christ will change your desires (breaks the chains of sin). Do you see how accepting the gifts you inherit when coming to Christ benfits you, others, and your testimony?
Believe the words of God are for you. Believe Jesus died and resurrected for you. Believe the Spirit when it encourages you along your walk with Christ.
Believe that God is working in you. Pray back His promises to Him and let your faith grow. Like the woman that touched the hem of His garment with great faith…you will be healed.
Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.”And the woman was healed at that moment.
If Jesus came right now. Right this second. Where would He find you? Would you be right in the middle of that sin you like to justify? Be strong and run your race well my friends. We don’t know when the hour will be, but we do know that hour will come. Pray over the sins you justify and let them go. Perfection is impossible to achieve, but you have to set your aim on progress. The sin you justify is the hardest to surrender. The first step is the simple acknowledgement of it. Get in agreement with God about it. Yes, Lord, I know this is a sin. I know it needs to end. I know I need You to end it. Pray over it constantly and watch God work.
Lord, I pray over these sins that attach and we try to justify it as ok. Your word clearly lays out where sin lies and we come in agreement with You today. Search our hearts, oh Lord, and remove what is not from You. Thank You for Your love, grace, and forgiveness while we work with You for change. We pray in Jesus name, Amen
“I’m too caught up in sin to go to church.” Friend, church is for the sinners. Church points you to the God of change. God does not expect you to change yourself first. Do you want to be healed? Then get uo and get in the water. You have two choices….keep leaving by the world and waiting for situations to change or come just as you are to the God that sent His only son to wash your sins away. A baby isnt born into this world expected to know how to walk and feed itself. You are not born into Christ expected to know how to walk or feed yourself. Get in a group of more mature Christians (like church), listen to sermons online along with going to church, and read bible studies that help you understand verses. Be fed and learn how to walk from others that are further along. Then before you know it, you will be helping to feed others. You will be helping others walk. And that old sin that you felt was too bad for church…you will overcome that. You will start to do more of the right things and it wont even seem that hard anymore. I know how it feels to need to let go of something for God. But I also know I didnt let go until I was deep in church and Gods word. I also know letting go of that sin was the best thing I ever did. It could have cost me everything but I gained a Father’s love, forgiveness and and a close relationship with Him and that is worth it all.
Acknowledging sin is not judging. Judging is when you pick apart someone’s sin, talk about it to others as if you dont suffer from sin, and look down on that person because of their sin. We are ALL guilty of being judgmental. It is impossible not to be, but we can ALL strive to do better. Let’s take the half time show for example. (I know, old subject now but stick with me). There are some that called those women trash. There are some that called their behavior trashy. Both sound pretty harsh. When I prayed over how to feel about situations like that, situations where sin is blatantly happening, God gave me an answer last night. Love those women. Are they willingly getting on that stage and possibly performing the same kind of dances that got John the Baptist beheaded? Maybe. Some say since they are doing this willingly then they are not being exploited. But God says they are being exploited. They are exploited by the enemy causing them to feel they have to behave that way to be entertaining. It is the same way I am exploited when the enemy convinces me that Im not strong enough to fight off cravings to eat, or that I shouldnt have to keep my mouth shut when Im angry. Honestly, it was only a few years ago that I felt like I had to be drunk and dance crazy to be entertaining as well. I love these women as Jesus loves me. I will pray for them. I will pray for our President. I will pray for Pelosi. I will pray for drunk drivers that caused life ending damage. I will pray for myself and my family. Anytime a nerve is struck by the enemy that makes me want to judge them, I will remember to love them instead. We were all made by the same God. Maybe choices we or others choose can make that hard to remember at times, but it is never wrong to pray.
2 Corinthians 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds
Lord, help us to discern judgment from acknowledgment of sin. Help us to remember to pray for others while remembering we need others to pray for us. Thank You Lord for Your prayer warriors and remind us that prayer is always our strongest weapon and our responsibility as Your family. In Christ name, Amen