With all of this false teaching and all of this over simulation and hypersensitivity the world and the church are in a dire state of emergency. The church had forgotten the fear of the Lord and the concept of go sin no more is reduced to a go about and do what you can. We justify things for our sins saying that we’ll get through it! That grace is enough! We quote cute scriptures without their context like saying that God works all things out for good to those who love Him. Or that He who had begun a god work in us will bring it to completion.
But there is the issue of the holiness of God; there is divine election; predestination and reprobation. It warned us in scripture that having a pliable tangible God in our own image is no different than worshiping the created rather than the Creator; and yet we continually try to fixate in the humanness of God.
Jesus was not numbered among the transgressors so that we could remain there. He didn’t bear our sins on the cross so that one day when we are older and stronger we would be freedom. We are not some waving flag! We are Christians. Followers of the way! New Jerusalem! The saints of the Lord Jesus! The great Adonai, the Lord of hosts and the Commander of the Lord’s armies.
When Jesus told us to sin no more He meant just that! Don’t try to explain it away saying yes but we are only human and that we will always sin. We are deceived! Being a Christian used to mean something! There was this lifestyle that was required of us to live in where your excuses were not acceptable and people would hammer you hard. These people would tell me to forgive and to love when I was going through intense betrayals and reeling! They would bring me to the police station to report a crime that I just committed after telling straight up that I’m in a bad way. And yes they told me that Jesus loved grungy and grimy Derek who can’t seem to figure it out and who sometimes feels lost but that didn’t let them stop from making higher demands of me! I wasn’t aloud to smoke pot anymore because it closed the skies up to me.
God didn’t want to see us in our sin! Jesus didn’t want to see us in our sin! The Holy Spirit won’t be anywhere near us in our sin! It will regress deep into our inward being. In most cases it will not matter because the conversion never took root! It’s not enough to just say that we are Christians and not have the life. Without the life you have no part of Him, your just not a Christian.
This is gospel basics! Sin no more is the requirement of someone who has been made well. He’s much more to someone who has been born again. We are not made of the same stuff as our old man. We are not born of blood and flesh but of Spirit and water. We are born of God and the evil one, the devil, can’t touch us! We are His children and we should resemble the family likeness!
It’s time to stop making excuses for eachother and start living again! If this is you than you do well but remember: feed my sheep. I believe the harvest is now ripe, fit for the picking. If you have one hand to the plow put two hands to the plow or as many as in your household. Commit to warfare for the sake of the gospel. Do you have children fight for them giving your life to them that they might be saved!
Are you tired and weary? Come to Him and He will give you rest! There are no excuses in the kingdom of God! If you are a slave and wish to be free, than you are free. But if not than serve your masters as if you served God! Do you see those who are hungry? If it is in your power to do so than give them food and rest! Do you pray? Than fast also for the fields are white! When you read, read as if You are one dying of thirst desperate to be filled.
The Spirit is living water and is supposed to fill us to the point of overflowing so that we will never be thirsty! If you still thirst than you have not received the rest you are promised and need to be filled because because the Spirit is life to the body and breath to the lungs. This is not some second infilling of the Holy Spirit but an authentic conversion in question. If you do not have the Spirit of God you were never born of God and if you do have the Spirit than it should be displayed in your life. You should feel the pangs of conviction that empower you so that sin no more isn’t some insane mandate but rather a gospel reality.
Sin should grieve you to the point where you would rather suffer harm than to continue in sin. The proverbs say that if you are man given to debt to offer everything short of your life that they would release you of that debt while it is today. Why should we be offered in a pledge! Why should we be offered in a debt to our sin when we have been set free! If you are in sin repent and receive God because if you are living in sin than you do not have the spirit of God but rather a spirit of deception. There are no excuses with God. God’s answer is always the same: don’t do it again. Go and sin no more! Go and sin no more! Not because His grace is sufficient and He will understand if you do it again but rather His grace is sufficient in you that you will overcome that need. Because of your love for Him. God justifies faith not sin. Faith is what made Abraham a friend of God and faith is what Jesus required of us. Faith that this life has no hold on us and that if God says that we should sin no more than that is the mode we shall operate in. We will find ways to obey instead of reasons we can’t.
So I say this once more: if you are living in sin than the Spirit is not in you! Repent and believe that God may find mercy in you and cleanse you of your sins that you may be born again of water and of Spirit.