Concerning Sin….

I received a text message a few days ago and this is what it read. “The Bible says as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. If we are sin conscious then we are more prone to sin. If we are righteousness conscious we are more prone to be righteous.”

Concerning this thought:

I believe sin is an important issue to deal with.  Unfortunately most make it harder to deal with than it needs to be because we try to deal with it ourselves when Jesus has already dealt with our sin issue. 

I really believe the problem with sin in the Believers life is not so much a question of Heaven or hell.  But the Believers real issue is that sin dulls our spiritual ears and eyes to see and hear as well as effecting our hearts towards God. 

I would like to think that as the sincere Believer sins unknowingly or knowingly by falling to temptation that somewhere at some point our hearts plea is one of turning back to God.  If you’re sincere in you’re relationship with the Lord today, I truly believe that’s where you’re at.  You may miss it, and you may even fail frequently, but deep within your heart there is a craving to turn back to God. 

Think about this, God longs to have personal relationship with you.  Even in the garden He walked and talked to Adam and Eve.  But sin caused a problem in that relationship.  It caused shame in man’s heart that caused them to run from God’s presence.  The Bible says in Romans 5:12, that sin and death (consequences of sin) entered the world through Adams disobedience.  Adam’s sin amplified sin. 

It’s always amazes me how some people always center their attention on the negative.  So many people focus on what’s wrong with people, situations, Church’s, etc, etc.  So, it doesn’t surprise me that a lot of people emphasize the enemy’s work in their lives rather than God’s work.  

I personally rather look to the greater work of what Holy Spirit has done and is working in my life.  Nonetheless, many are more conscious of their sin than they are they’re righteousness.  And in doing so they empower sin and death. 

Let me give you an example of focus and the power of thought: Don’t think of ice cream, don’t think about ice cream, you like ice cream, ice cream taste good, but don’t think about ice cream. Chances are you thought about it, maybe even got a picture of it in your mind, and if you like ice cream you may be considering eating some now. 

I don’t think a lot of us realize the power of what your focused upon and filling your thoughts with.  A laser is far reaching because every bit of light is focused and concentrated at one small specific point.  Friends, it really matters how you view yourself and what you feel about yourself. 

I tell my Church all the time, I was a sinner and God saved me but I’m different now, I’ve been changed, that’s not who I am anymore. Now, I’ve been made the righteousness of God through Jesus, He’s put His Spirit in me to help me overcome, and gives me grace that I need. 

If all you are is a Christian that sins all the time and never grows in the righteousness of God and you hold an attitude that your nothing but “an old wretched sinner so pour and unworthy.”  Then I want you to come see me at 995 S College St, in Brandon Mississippi because I want to introduce you to Jesus and let Him free you from your sin and change you into a NEW creation. Because there is a better way to live, not always trapped and enslaved by the power of sin and death.

We’ve been fooled into thinking that “sin” is all we are and will ever be until Jesus comes to rescue us.  

The question we really need to answer is this:  was Jesus’ sacrifice for your sin enough or not?  I believe what 2 Corinthians 5:19 tells us, that God is not imputing our sins unto us.  This is the Good News that is almost too good to be true.  In fact, it’s so good that many don’t accept it.  

When I fail, Jesus fills in the gap. He doesn’t give me strict judgement and condemnation but He gives me GRACE!  He gives me what I need not what I deserve because I’m a son.  That’s the good news today!

It’s my prayer today that each one of us become less conscious of sin and more conscious of righteousness. 

“The Bible says as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. If we are sin conscious then we are more prone to sin. If we are righteousness conscious we are more prone to be righteous.”

Pastor Justin

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