Permanent Cutting Away From Sin
Is it possible to do this? Paul declared in Romans 7:19 (MSG) “I decide to do good but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway.” A lot of children of God can relate to this situation. This is as a result of sin that is dwelling in the heart of man. Even when the man does not want to carry out the sin, the circumstances he finds himself makes it a near impossibility. The truth is we live in an evil world; since we are not part of it we therefore cannot afford to let its customs and systems entrap us. In 1John 2:24-27, the Lord reminded us to hold on to what we have heard from the beginning as this is the only way we can remain in Him: since the Anointing we received when we believed remains in us then He will teach us all things. By 1John 3:3, He declared that those that have this hope of being like Him and going with Him when He appears must purify themselves from the things of this world. There is no compromising this standard, if we must recognize Him when He comes, then we must be like Him in character and deeds. In a world that is so technologically advanced in sin and evil, so many children of God had succumbed to its lures and traps. Friend, if it were NOT possible for us to live a life of purity then Christ should not have come in the first place! The Bible tells us in 1John5:5-6 (AMP) “You know that He appeared in visible form and became Man to take away (upon Himself) sins, and in Him there is no sin (essentially and forever). No one who abides in Him (who lives and remains in communion with and in obedience to Him – deliberately, knowingly and habitually) commits (practices) sin. No one who (habitually) sins has either seen or known Him (recognized, perceived or understood Him, or has had an experiential acquaintance with Him).” Friend, this is the crux of the matter. If it were not possible to permanently cut away from sin Christ would not have come. The Bible tells us in Matthew 1:21 “She will give birth to a son and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” In Acts 3:26 we were told “God raised up His Servant and sent Him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways.” To the ears of some it is and does sound impossible. There is no way one can live in this world and not commit sin. This is not true; this is the very reason why the Master went to the Cross to put this idea to shame and death. Thus, the obligation is now on us to take advantage of the finished work of Christ on the Cross and walk in it. We don’t have to be trapped or ensnared by the dark deeds of darkness once we turn our backs to it. 2 Timothy 2:19 (AMP) declares “But the firm foundation of (laid by) God stands, sure and unshaken, bearing this seal (inscription): The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let everyone who names (himself by) the name of the Lord give up all iniquity and stand aloof from it.” This is a conscious effort on our part. Once we make up our minds then Grace is released unto us to remain standing no matter the odds. Don’t allow the whisperings and misgivings of the world entrap you into thinking it is impossible to live a sinless life. Take your stand and Heaven will back you up! God bless you.