Sin. The very word is almost an archaism these days. We have replaced the notion of sin with trauma and disability, and addiction, mania and phobia and a host of other words . The psychotherapist community has not been slow coming up with an exhausting jargon for the struggles of humanity. However, as the bible says, where words are multiplied sin is not absent. The bible by contrast identifies our core problem simply as sin. Sin is that element of our nature which rebels against God, and His law. Romans 8:7.8 says , the mind controlled by the sinful nature is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
Sin. It manifests itself in our lives and relationships in a thousand different ways. It is continually pulling us downward toward the crude and filthy elements of culture. It is never satisfied no matter how much a person is debased. It is continually pulling us away from God, and no matter how hard we try to serve God we keep failing to keep our promises to Him. Sin is a tide of evil selfishness and no matter how hard we swim, eventually sin will always win. In Romans ;14 20 we read’
” We know that the law is spiritual but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is , it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good good lives in me, that is in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do good, but I cannot carry it out.”
The Apostle Paul describes the dilemma of sin perfectly and he sums it up in verse 24. ” What a wretched man I am, who will rescue me from this body of death”
This dilemma was my dilemma as a Christian and I couldn’t understand why. I kept claiming the promises of Romans ch 8 but I lived the curse of Romans ch 7. I was a hypocrite, not at all by choice, but as it were by default. I continued to be a slave to sin. Was I then REALLY a Christian? I had checked off all the items on the list that I was instructed to. Accept Jesus as lord and savior, check. Go to church, check. Read my bible and pray, check. Seek the baptism in the holy spirit with speaking in tongues, check. I went to bible college, I studied the great revivals, I studied Christian spiritual disciplines, check, check, check,check. Despite checking off the list I continued to struggle with lust, and later on pornography which bore the fruit of adultery and fornication. Why? Perhaps I was not a Christian. But to judge that is beyond my wisdom and probably beyond the wisdom of the church. I do know that I am a Christian now, for I am no longer a slave to sin. I have overcome sin thru Jesus. By the spirit I have put to death the misdeeds of the body”
What was lacking in my conversion experience ? I know now that is was the confession of sins. I had accepted Jesus as Lord but I had not confessed all my sins, and repented of them, with amends. Amends are important because they represent thorough repentance. I had not struggled against sin. I had tried to build my spiritual house without dealing with the dry rot in the foundation. As a result I didn’t experience a thorough regeneration. I didn’t become a new creature in Christ Jesus. I was still the old rotten meat but now with some nice fresh Christian sauce on top. I didn’t look too bad but I tasted awful.
I don’t think that my experience was unique or even uncommon in today’s church . Churches are full of people who look and sound fine, and but who have closets full of secret sin. Like me, these people, these churches are in desperate need of revival, which is simply going back and rebuilding the foundation properly. It is simply a struggle against sin, a judgment upon sin. And this is not a judgement upon sinners. Jesus does not condemn us. But He does condemn sin. Revival takes place when we judge ourselves.The revivalist may guide us by putting before our eyes a list of the categories and subtypes of sinning, but each one of us must do the judging for ourselves. As one goes through this difficult, perhaps harrowing experience we begin to realize how incredibly sinful we have been, and more importantly how incredibly merciful God has been , as He has waited patiently for us to do this simple and basic task. The real joy is the relationship with God that we realize when this load of sin is removed from us when all this defilement that weighs us down and keeps us from Him and his grace is cleansed completely away and is replaced by the law of the Spirit of life, which sets us free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2
In Hebrews 12:13 it says, see to it that no-one misses the grace of God. Thats the job of the revivalist. To make sure that no-one misses the grace of God that only is available as we humble ourselves, confess all our sins, and diligently, fervently repent. Do it now. Why miss out on another minute of God’s grace. What have you to lose except that which Paul describes as ” this body of death” And after you have done this essential work, and the waves of glory have come rolling in over your soul, don’t forget to send me an email and tell me all about.
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