Posts Tagged ‘Sin

21
Sep
17

God’s Children Do What Is Right

Whose image are you reflecting in your life? Are you reflecting God or the evil one? John wrote:

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. – 1 John 3:7-8 (NIV)

When we do the right things, our lives are characterized by righteousness and we reflect Jesus for He is righteous. Those whose lives are characterized by sin reflect the devil for the devil does what is sinful. We who follow Jesus have had our many sins forgiven. The Holy Spirit of God helps us to do what is right. If you haven’t trusted Jesus for forgiveness yet, your sins are not forgiven and are not a child of God. What are you waiting for? Trust Jesus for salvation and forgiveness and become a child of God.
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20
Sep
17

Continuing To Sin

To know Jesus is to love Him. To love Him is to obey Him. If we live lives that are characterized by sin and disobedience, do we really know and love Him? John wrote:

No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. – 1 John 3:6 (NIV)

These sound like scary words, right? I don’t know about you, but I still sin and fall short. So do I not know Him? Am I not living in Him? I believe that the idea that John has in mind here is a life characterized by sin. Is your life more characterized by sin or by repentance and righteousness? Every single one of us has sin in our lives. We’re not perfect and we know it. God does, too. That’s why He sent Jesus. He is the One who can deal with our sin by forgiving it. When we realize what He’s done for us, we will desire to sin less and love Him more.
19
Sep
17

He Came To Take Away Our Sin

Jesus never sinned in any way. It may seem hard to believe, but it’s true! John wrote:

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. – 1 John 3:4-5 (NIV)

Since Jesus never sinned, He was able to be the perfect, unblemished sacrifice for the sin of the world. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians:

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

Jesus came to take away our sin and to make us right with God. Since Jesus died for our sins, we are free from the consequences of our sin and lawlessness. We no longer stand condemned because of our sin, but instead, Jesus has set us free and we are free indeed. Live in that freedom today knowing that you have been forgiven.
22
Aug
17

Kissing The Feet Of Jesus

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Luke 7:36-50.

21
Aug
17

Our Advocate, Jesus

One of the primary goals of being a follower of Jesus is to look more like Him. We do this by loving, serving and forgiving other people. We also do this by living holy lives that are set apart and different from those in the world around us. We need to sin less and love God and people more. We often come up short, though. John says that we have an advocate when we do. He wrote:
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. – 1 John 2:1 (NIV)
It is unrealistic to think that we will never sin. The phrase “not sin” here means to not keep on sinning. Our lives should be characterized less and less by sin the longer we walk with Jesus. But when we do inevitably fall short and sin, Jesus is our defense attorney before the Judge of us all. Jesus is pleading your case when you sin and because of God’s grace, we’re always declared innocent and not guilty.
17
Aug
17

Denying The Sin Within

There is a prevailing thought in our world today that people are generally good. There is this notion that people aren’t that bad and that we’re getting better all of the time. The Apostle John had a different take on the matter:

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. – 1 John 1:8 (NIV)

People are NOT good. We are, in all actuality, pretty rotten to the core. The events of Charlottesville this past weekend should be all that you need to see in order to know that people are capable of great evil. We’re ALL sinners. When we deny that fact, we are only deceiving ourselves. If we deny the fact that we’re sinners, we also deny the fact that we need a Savior. After all, if we’re not sinners, why do we need Someone to save us from them? If we’re all “good people,” then we don’t need anyone to save us. The truth is that we’re all sinners and we need a Savior. The good news of the Bible is that God, in His great love for us, reached down into our world and sent His Son, Jesus, to be our Savior. He is the only hope that we have.
22
Jun
17

Prayers And Confession

Good Thursday morning to you! We need to pray faith-filled prayers. Too often we doubt the Lord when it comes to our prayers. James says:

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. – James 5:15-16 (NIV)

We also need to confess our sins to one another in order to hold each other accountable. I think that we’re afraid of confession because we’re afraid of judgment and condemnation. If we’ll love each other as we love ourselves, we won’t judge each other. Instead, we will encourage each other and help each other overcome sins and struggles in order to live lives of righteousness. Our prayers will be more effective and we’ll see God’s power unleashed in our lives to an even greater degree.



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