This past week the Lord showed Me a concept that sharpened my viewpoint/mindset on sin in the lives of believers. This concept blessed me and encouraged me in the truth and I felt that it was right to share it:
Christians, real Christians that love Him, do not struggle to not murder. They do not have to try not to murder…murder, in a Christians mind, is totally unacceptable. Christians don’t even think to consider murder. The same goes for rape; no consideration. Even participating in drugs and alcohol, most Christians who love the Lord won’t even consider it. No desire for it. There are a number of Christians, who do not commit these sins, that say it’s impossible not to sin. Yet they do not murder and probably never will…because they don’t have a grid for it; it’s unacceptable. Something that Dan Mohler said that I also say is “our ability to fail doesn’t define us as failures…Our ability to sin doesn’t define us as sinners.” If someone is able to not murder, they should be able to not commit other sins. If someone is able to not murder, then they should be able to not commit one sin. They should be able to not commit any sin. They don’t have a grid for murder. A lot of Christians have a grid for selfishness, unforgiveness, lust, filthiness and many other things that the world does. The church has seen these things as acceptable. If Christians would have the same attitude toward all sin as they do murder they would never sin again. Christians have no struggle to resist a tempting thought from the enemy of murder. In fact, they don’t even feel like they are resisting the devil because it is effortless…they don’t have any desire to do it. The same applies for other sins. With all of this said, many believers still struggle with sins because of a lust that comes once in a while from the enemy to cause them to fall. When a believer is filled with the Holy Spirit they have new conviction. They no longer want to sin, but if they ignore that conviction and sin anyway, instead of relying on the Lord’s power, they will get in a rut where they don’t want to sin but at the same time sin is acceptable to them in a measure. When the enemy comes with temptation these people will fall into the same snare time and time again. To summarize, the reason why people are ensnared by sin is because they have some sort of grid for it. If there is no grid and no desire for sin it won’t be there. And the only way this is possible is by the transforming power of God. All we have to do is seek to know and truly love Him and ask Him to change our hearts for His glory. God does not have grid for sin and neither should we.
34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
4 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.