“If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us an engineer. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. If our greatest need had been fun, God would have sent us an entertainer. But our greatest need of all was our need for forgiveness, so God sent us a Saviour, Jesus Christ, to bring us eternal life.” – Dr. Michael Youseff
If the world is desperate for something today, it is not more courses on communication, it is not more pop psychology, it is not more techniques and principles or 7 steps to happiness, it is not more courses on how to get along with each other. The most desperate need in our world today is one thing and one thing only, and that is to know the cleansing power of Jesus’s blood. All the motivational speakers in the world cannot accomplish that. Only the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses the heart from hatred, puts an end to bloodshed, changes the heart and the minds of people, and transforms lives.
Today we have some people running around saying, “come to Jesus and He would make you healthy, wealthy and all your problems would be over”. Well, I’ve got news for you… Since I came to Christ Jesus, all my problems have multiplied because I’ve become more aware of my sin, temptation, and Satan’s attack. But praise be to God who not only promised us victory to overcome (John 16:33), and above all also assures us that we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:31-39).
All those who live godly life shall (not might, but “shall”) suffer and be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12). If this is not the case for you, then either you are not living a godly life or do not believe the whole Bible. The more you love Jesus, the more you become conscious of sin, and the more you become more conscious of sin, the more you will treasure and appreciate the amazing love Jesus has for you.
Just as surely as a bad apple spoils the whole lot unless it is removed from the pack, so does sin infect the whole body if not dealt with it.
The Word of God tells us to deliver the unrepentant sinner to Satan for the destruction of the flesh so that the Spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord (1 Corinthians 5:5). The reason for such drastic measure is really to bring the person back to repentance (just like the story of the prodigal son, or the Kings of Israel in the old testament that turned their back on God and was delivered to their enemies but was later saved only when they cry out and turn back to God). However, we are to do all we can for such person to help them turn from their sin. God may allow for the flesh to be destroyed physically but the soul would be saved eternally.
The old nature is not an excuse for sin. The blood of Jesus never cleanses an excuse. If we confess, He forgives.
A professing Christian was sentenced by the judge because he broke the law. Instead of asking for forgiveness or leniency, he rationalised his crime, he tried to justify it to the judge but the judge ended up giving him double punishment. The man said to the Judge, your honour, as a believer in Christ, I am a new man but I still have the old nature and it was the old man that committed that crime, not the new man. The judge then concluded saying, since the new man was an accomplish to the wrong, I’ll give him also 30 days in prison. And he gave him 60 days in prison instead of 30 days.
For true believers in Christ, living in victory over sin often depend on whether you are living in obedience to the Word of God as revealed throughout the Holy Bible. I find that I have victory over sin in my life when I approach each day acknowledging how capable I am of sinning or falling into sin. I admit every single day that I’m capable of lust, vain imagination, deceit, stealing, cheating, and laziness. And by approaching each day by admitting my vulnerability to sin, I find that I am in a better position to guard my heart and live by all the applicable promises of God that He gave me in order to have strength and victory over sin.
A bird is free in the air, place the bird in the water and it loses it liberty. A fish is free in the water, but if left on the sand it will perish, has it is out of the realm. Also, Christians are free when they are in the realm of obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ and His word. Our freedom is not freedom to sin but it is freedom NOT to sin.
When was the last time you wept and fasted and prayed in agony with a broken, contrite spirit and heart over your sin? When you do so you can be assured that:
- God’s Grace will give you an aversion towards sin
- God’s Grace will give you power over sin
- God’s Grace will make you hate sin
- God’s Grace will make you repulsed by sin
- God’s Grace will give you victory over sin.
- And God’s Grace will always drive you back to Christ every time you sin.
There was an early Christian Father, a great man of God by the name of Jerome. He was a talented man who translated the Bible into Latin (the language of the people back then). At one time he desired and decided to go and live for a period of time in Bethlehem, where Jesus was born. While he was in Bethlehem, he had a dream that Jesus came to visit him. And in that dream, he immediately went out and collected all of his money and he presented it to Jesus, but Jesus said to him, “Jerome, I don’t need your money,” so he immediately went out and collected all his possessions and he put them together and he brought them to Jesus, again Jesus said, “Jerome, I don’t need your possessions.” And then Jerome recalled a moment in his dream when he turned to the Lord Jesus and said, “Lord! What can I give you? What do you want from me?” And Jesus simply replied, “Give me your sins, that is what I came for, I came to take away your sins.”