Brothers and sisters in Christ,
The Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that the only way to walk humbly with him is to keep “short accounts” of our sin, in other words, when we sin, and are made aware of it, to repent immediately, if we do not get into this practice we will find that our hearts become hard to the things of God and we are not as willing to turn from sin, that can so easily entangle us.
This my dear friends, is the most important step on the road of Discipleship. You need to recognise that you need someone to save you from yourself, and you need to have your sins removed from you.
Why would you need this? The bible is very clear when it talks about how sin and God cannot be in the same place at the same time. God wants to have the number one spot in your life, but he cannot occupy that spot if you and your sin are in that place.
Well what do I mean by that?
Sin came into the world right at the beginning. God had created the heavens and the earth, and he created all living things, animals and plants. He then created Man, and a little later created woman, to be man’s help mate.
God had instructed them that they could enjoy all that He had for them in the garden, for food, but they were not to touch the tree that stood in the middle, it was the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. But man did not know that he had an enemy who was determined to steal from them the right to have eternal life, health, happiness, free of diseases, pain free births, and uninterupted fellowship with God.
Up to that point they were walking with God all of the time, they saw him face to face, they did not know what pain and suffering was, and they did not know what it was like not to have intimacy and whole hearted devotion with God. They had it all.
But the devil, was crafty, and planted a seed of doubt in their minds. That seed of doubt about God and his intentions for them grew and Adam and Eve eventually trusted the devils words over God’s. In that instant their eyes where open and they saw that they were naked, they knew that they had done wrong, so they hid from God. Oh, how sad a moment that must of been when they actually realised what they had done.
But the story gets worse, they hid when God came to walk in the garden with them, they hid because they were ashamed of their nakedness and for what they had done. When God asked them what they had done, they pointed the finger at everyone but themselves as to why they had chosen to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Eve blamed the devil, Adam blamed Eve. But they did not take responsiblity for their own actions.
Please read the passage below to get the entire picture of this story.
God creates man in his own image
Genesis 1 : 27 – 31
- 27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
- 28. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.“
- 29. Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
- 30. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground–everything that has the breath of life in it–I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
- 31. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day.
God commands man not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil
Genesis 2:15 – 17;
- 15. The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
- 16. And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;
- 17. but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”
The Fall of Man
Genesis 3 : 1 – 24
- 1. Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?“
- 2. The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,
- 3. but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ “
- 4. “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.
- 5. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
- 6. When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
- 7. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
- 8. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
- 9. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”
- 10. He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
- 11. And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?“
- 12. The man said, “The woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
- 13. Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
- 14. So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.
- 15. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
- 16. To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.“
- 17. To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.
- 18. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
- 19. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
- 20. Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
- 21. The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
- 22. And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
- 23. So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.
- 24. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
The reason I mention this story is that we need to recognise within ourselves our part of our responsibilty for the sin that is in our lives. We cannot blame everyone else for our bad choices, we cannot blame our parents, teachers, friends, siblings, our past, our spouses, our present, our jobs for the way we act or react to situations.
These things are contributing factors, but in reality we need to make the hard choice to look at our own actions, and ask God to forgive us for our sins. As you saw in the passage, God and sin cannot be in the same place at the same time. So he had to seperate himself from Adam and Eve and send them out of the garden forever. That close bond that they once had shared was gone now. All that was left was pain and suffering, both for God and for humanity for a very long time.
But, the good news is that God set a plan in motion that would bring about the ability for us to have a close, wholehearted relationship with him again. He loved us so much that he wanted to have fellowship with us, so he sent his son, Jesus Christ to earth.
John 3:16 – 21
- 16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
- 17. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
- 18. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
- 19. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
- 20. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
- 21. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
God tells us that if we will believe in his one and only Son, Jesus Christ that we will not die, but be given the gift of eternal life. It really is as simple as that, we need to believe in Jesus, and that gives us the right to become children of God and it gives us the ability to inherit eternal life with all of the great blessings that come with it.
Jesus is referred to as the light of the world, that light when it shines on our sin, exposes it for what it is, sin. How does it do that? The light of Jesus, exposes the sin that we love to hide from God, but when we believe that he is the Son of God, and that God truly did send him then that sin, which is now exposed, can be removed from us.
How? first we need to acknowledge that we have sin, then we need to ask God to forgive us of our sins. He promises that he will forgive us of our sin and set us free from it.
1 John 1 : 5-10
- 5. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
- 6. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.
- 7. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
- 8. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
- 9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
- 10. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.
God promises that if we confess the sin in our lives that He will not only forgive us of our sin, but he will also purfiy us from the unrighteousness that it has caused in our lives.
To purify, means to wash clean, so therefore when he forgives us, he washes us clean from the destruction that sin brings to our lives. Unrighteousness means, that we are no longer in right standing with God, when he changes us from unrighteousness to righteousness we are now in right standing with God.
So I encourage you to ask the lord Jesus Christ what sins you are holding onto in your life. When he reveals those sins to you, humble yourself and ask him to forgive you of those sins, his promise ist hat he will. This whole process is a part of our walking in obedience to his word, the bible.
So obey today, repent of your sin, be cleansed by God. You will be filled with the peace and assurance that he will never hold those sins against you ever again, he removes them from you forever. You are set free.
Embrace Jesus Christ today!
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