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0694_sin_christian_clipart  Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. Isaiah 59:1-3

Sin separates and always carries a cost. Yet many Christians make excuses for continuing in sin. We can understand that some of the younger ones would struggle in the same way as a baby learns to walk, those who are new to Christ have to learn to walk through the teaching of the word and the Holy Spirit. But there are those who have supposedly known Christ for years and yet they still struggle with sin. Many make excuses as to why they can’t change and use grace and the great love that God has for us as an excuse to continue. Paul said in Romans 6:1-23

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Even though sin will not stop God’s love for us, what it does is allow a hardness and a dullness to come in. The longer we stay in that sin the harder it is for us to hear God’s voice. His love seems to feel distant even though He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. It is us who because of our sin who have forsaken Him. We ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit that we are headed in the wrong direction and our hearts begin grow cold and hard towards the things of God. His love for us becomes a distant memory. We even find ourselves blaming God for our condition and saying if He really loved me, He would deliver me from this. The fact is He did deliver you from all sin but through self deception you have returned to the vomit which He found you in.

God will never force you to stop sinning. That would violate our will and that is something that He’ll never do. He will do all He can to gently try and persuade you from sinning and turn back to Him, but if your mind is made up He won’t stand in your way. We need to make the choice whether to serve Him or not. To sin or not to sin. To love Him or scorn Him. The further you go, the angrier you get and eventually you begin to curse God and then finally turn your back on Him becoming much worse than the original condition He found you in. Angry, bitter and lost. You even wonder why you even believed in God to begin with. You exchange the truth of God for a lie.

Understand that God has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. You are the one who has changed and moved away. His love for you has remained constant all through it. His arms always remain open for you. The Father waiting for the prodigal son. There is not a single soul that is destined hell that God wants there. They made the choice themselves through rejecting His love and mercy.

Do you want to change? Then tell Him. Be honest with Him and yourself. A sincere heart always gets God’s attention. Understand that when the Lord is speakingrepentance to Israel He is also speaking to the church and the individual. He says in Jeremiah 29:11-14a "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity."

No matter how far you have fallen, He is ready to take you back at the drop of a hat. You are His child. Seek Him with all your heart, mind and strength. If you notice hardness beginning to settle in, take drastic actions before it’s too late. Don’t listen to the lie that you have gone too far and you can’t turn back. As long as you are still convicted of your sin in some way you are in a good position and you need to cry out him. He says; "Return, O backsliding children," says the LORD; "for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding." Jeremiah 3:14-15

You are His treasure. His jewel. Christ gave His all for you. You have become one with Him and He will never give you up. He will pursue you right to the end.

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Comments on: "The Consequences of Staying In Sin" (1)

  1. Good word Gerry!!

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