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 Jerome 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, Jerome 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.” On hearing that, Jerome immediately went out and collected all his possessions and he put them together and he brought them to Jesus. But Jesus said to him, “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 replied,
“Give me your sins, that is what I came for, I came to take away your sins.”
“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 will make you healthy, wealthy and all your problems will be over”. That is not true because the scripture tells us that all those who live godly life shall (not might, but “shall”) suffer and be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12). 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).
God promised victory, but you and I have to claim the authority to win the skirmish. The battle was already won at Calvary, but you and I must claim the skirmishes and the victory. To claim the victory and take the authority of Jesus, you and I must stand firm on every promise of God as given to us in the scripture. For it written:
- Isaiah 54:7, “No weapon formed against you will prevail”
- 1 John 4:4, “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
- 1 Corinthians 15:57, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through the Lord Jesus Christ”
- 2 Corinthians 2:14, “But thanks be to God who always leads us in a triumphant procession in Christ Jesus”
- 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation as ceased you except what is common to man and God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bare but when you are tempted, He will provide a way out so that you can stand up under it”
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. 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 so, the judge sentenced the man to 60 days in prison instead of 30 days.
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. 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. God may allow for the flesh to be destroyed physically but the soul would be saved eternally.
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. 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.