There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. NKJV
In Japan, I have been amazed by the ‘speaker cars’ (vehicles mounted with bullhorns and speaker systems) parked at busy Tokyo shopping district intersections talked about how we are sinners. It seems like that is all we hear about. Sin. To me it has always seemed condemning. They do mention Jesus as the Messiah, but the people delivering the message don’t seem very joyful in playing these recorded messages to the masses of this 28 million person city.
However, recently they’ve got a point. There is sin out there. We as Christians have got to deal with it. As we enter into the last days, more and more people are compromising. Some people who have accepted Jesus as beginning to believe lies of the enemy and accept things that clearly defined as sin in the Word of God.
If you look at some church in the US and Europe, you can see these compromises. God wants us to love the sinner, but we are to hate the sin. One such example is homosexuality; the unnatural lust (unhealthy looks and thoughts) of someone over people of the same sex. We have some traditional church denominations that have accepted this people in need. That is fine. But our acceptance of these people should be to help them get out of sin.
How does sin work? Well, clearly there is various types of sin. All sin leads to death, but some sin will take you there quicker. The Word is very clear about sexual sin. God has given us a built-in sin meter called our conscience. One way to see your conscience is to relate it to one of those ninja throwing stars.
When a believer sins, his conscience is like that sharp star spinning inside him. It spins and at that point the believer should say, ‘Father forgive me for I have sinned. According to 1 John 1:9, I confess my sin to you and know I am cleansed from all unrighteousness’. From that point, if some demon tries to speak to you and remind you of that sin. Then you have to say, ‘I am washed by the blood of Jesus. That sin is gone.’ The next time you are tempted to think the same thoughts or do the same thing you confess the Word. ‘I am free from the law of sin and death, I stand on the Word of God’.
If the believer continues to sin, the points of that spinning star become duller and duller. They are no longer listening to their conscience that God created them with. Eventually, the person is separated from God as their conscience is no longer sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. They stop coming to church regularly. They stop giving. They stop fellowshipping with other Spirit-filled Bibile believing Christians.
When sinful thoughts come, you have to deal with them immediately. You cannot receive them. Receiving sinful thoughts is like weeds in the garden. When you see them sprout up, you need to pull when they are small. You’ve got to deal with them. If you let time pass and let them grow up they will be much harder to deal with as they have taken root.
Don’t become dull to God by letting sin in your life. Keep sensitive to his plan for you. When you mess up, confess the sin, and confess God’s forgiveness. He has an awesome plan for you. Don’t let some demon or the world steal it from you!
God is awesome.