by Ken Pullen
Monday, December 15th, 2014
8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 1:8-10
I cannot, we who profess we are believers in Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior cannot say we do not sin. Even in our being renewed of mind and spirit by the grace of God through the Holy Spirit indwelling us.
I sin. I confess I sin. I do not need to go to a man in a box and confess my sins. I do not need to confess my sins to you readers here.
But I sin. And I feel miserable and loathsome when I do! We are still flesh and the flesh is prone to, is driven to sin. By what we see, and hear, and feel, and know as flesh living on this earth. It is impossible not to sin as a fleshly being. We are spiritual in part, but not yet given a new body, a new name, and made spirit completely. As such — I sin. We sin.
I have many weaknesses and downfalls. Daily I have little things. I get caught up in the day-to-day and my mind, my heart, my spirit is not always upon the Lord and His instruction, and I might become angered, or impatient, or upset.
I have more severe lapses when I allow coveting and the lust of the flesh to enter in. There are things I would like. Things I would like to change. And as a finite small human being in the flesh I must wrestle with all of this before the Lord.
Miraculously, when I surrender and think upon and turn to and seek Him and His word all things become better. Calmer. More in order. Knowledge and wisdom reveal themselves rather than that which this temporary world has to, or can, offer up
15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
1 John 2:15-17
I do not love the world. I’m torn by this — because I am so deeply in awe and enamored, and one could say in love, with so much of God’s creation. Our Father’s handiwork in all He did to create this world. He created perfection. In everything. That is why so much amazement and beauty and things which create awe within us still exist around us. The matter of this world — the rocks, seas, mountains, seasons, trees, wind, rain, sun rise and sun set and brilliant skies, and soaring birds, or singing birds, all the animals, insects, and abundant life all in orchestration to the Master and Creator! Wonderful, beautiful, amazing! And I love these things. But I also have the constant knowledge within my heart and spirit of what this world truly is because of the presence of the Adversary and his legions of minions doing what they do — create lies, consume the hearts and minds of people and seduce them with cunning that “go ahead, partake, it’s okay, for surely you won’t die!” In all the beauty and wonder and awe in the knowledge of the beauty of God and what he created here, this earth, the heavens, the moon, the sun, and the stars, and all there is —!
But then enters man. And woman. And there goes the love of the world. And I now, in the past four plus years, are firmly without any doubt convinced it is entirely due to the sinful nature of men and women. People are disgusting. Not wonderful. Not inherently good as many are brainwashed to believe by the relentless propaganda.
I am a sinful man. A sinful individual. Created by the Perfect God Almighty, All-Knowing. But due to my nature and the presence of sin in this world, and my partaking of it, I am a sinner.
My sins are forgiven because I turned to the Lord and asked in humility and faith through the reading of His word and my belief in Him and the Holy Spirit and His inerrant word that my sins would be forgiven.
By admission. By repentance.
Repentance means we know — we acknowledge our sin — we confess our sin to God and ask forgiveness, and very importantly — we do not continue in this sin. We rely upon the power and Spirit of God to help us overcome and conquer sin in our lives.
No man can remove our sin or change us. Renew us. Even though Dr. Phil thinks he can! And all his ilk.
No program can remove our sin.
Only our faith in God and Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior and obedience and confession to Them, and REPENTING of our sin can remove our sin. Because God came to earth as a man, Jesus of Nazareth to live, teach, lead by example, to willingly sacrifice Himself and suffer by dying on a tree and bleeding, shedding His precious, pure, sinless blood taking on our sin to save us!
Only our faith and belief in this can remove our sin.
1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
1 John 2:1-6
I confess I sin and stumble. Then I have remorse, regret, and sorrow. Because I let the Lord down. I willfully determined to serve Satan and sin rather than remain steadfast diligently serving the Lord one hundred percent day in and day out continually.
I do look to this world at times and desire things within it. “If only…”
This is sin. Even if we think it is not.
We allow ourselves too much and fluff it off. “Oh, it’s okay — it’s not like I killed someone or anything! It was harmless. No one was hurt. I just wanted ________ so I did.”
No malarkey required. No double-speak. No excuses. No lies. No pretending.
Clear cut. Very easy to recognize and comprehend.
Now I must walk closer to Him and more as He walked. Each day closer to Him. Jesus the Lord and Messiah, the Savior at my side with me walking as He walked, walking closer to Him — which means serving Him and God and the spiritual things, obeying His word, and distancing myself more and more each day from this sinful world full of deception, lusts, evil, desire, depravity, absent from God in willful, SINFUL pursuits rather than the pursuit of God and to walk “even as He walked.”
I confess I sin.
I can’t conquer sin on my own, through my own effort, through the efforts of any man or woman, or self-help guide, or by trying to be “a good person.”
I can only conquer sin by removing myself more from this world and turning to God and Jesus Christ in complete faith, in complete trust, in obedience, and believing in the power of the Spirit of God to lift me, remove me, give me the strength so turn away from sin and to draw closer to Them.
I confess I am terrible at times and could not be mistook for a true believer — and I must turn to the Lord in prayer, in earnest, fervent, humble prayer and ask His forgiveness and for Him to mold me, form me as a lump of clay with His hands into the form and vessel to be of service, of best service to Him and the Father.
Believing. Trusting. And turning to God and Jesus Christ — and turning away from serving this world which is sin, and will fade away, and be forgotten. What is real, what is MOST real is our spirits, our spiritual life and this is sadly what we neglect the most and give the least attention and work to!
And that my dear friends and readers is — sin.
28And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
1 John 2:28-29