What is the natural reaction of a person when conscious of sin? It’s to hide, to pretend the sin doesn’t exist. We cover our eyes and pretend nothing has happened. We see no evil! The first humans and sinners, Adam and Eve, reacted just like this. Their first action, was to try and hide away from God in the garden and just to make sure, they covered themselves with fig leaves – I mean what were they thinking? This though, is the basis of all religious systems: Manage sin; cover it.
A temporary fix
Under the Old Covenant, God provided a temporary fix to the sin problem: a cover-note until the full insurance documents of the New Covenant or agreement arrived. Therefore, sins were covered under the old; under the new sins are taken away. (Hebrews 10:4) In fact, the Apostle John tells us that the blood of Jesus cleanses not just once – but it keeps on cleansing. (1John 1:7)
So then, what should we do as believers in Jesus Christ when we sin?
Note: If you believe the father is angry with you because of your sin then you will probably find it very difficult to approach God. In fact, that is the lie the devil or accuser wants you to believe, because his strategy is to get you to separate yourself from the source of grace and mercy – God.
Rather then, believe that you can approach the throne of grace at any time and under any circumstance because of the fact that you are accepted in the beloved. In other words, your standing doesn’t depend on your state. (Romans 5:2) (Hebrews 4:16)
Think of how much it pleases God when you come to God, even though you may feel bad, dirty and messed up by sin! That is an expression of faith. I mean, did Jesus ever turn a sinner away? Again, how did the father receive the prodigal son? (Luke 15)
Trust the blood
Next, believe and trust that the blood of Jesus is already going to work cleansing you of all you sin (1 John 1:7 ) and that your advocate Jesus is speaking on your behalf to the father as your attorney. (1 John 2:1)
Why do we need an advocate or defence lawyer? Because, sin has negative consequences in our lives. It produces death. Therefore, our advocate is working all things for good in our lives – even our sins and stupid mistakes!
Trust God’s grace towards you
Secondly, believe that God’s grace is abounding towards you even when you sin. (Romans 5:20)
Believe and confess that you are in fact more than a conqueror through Christ. (Romans 8:37)
Believe and confess that you are forgiven. Note: receiving forgiveness is to believe God’s word rather than express how you might feel about yourself. (Colossians 2:13)
Believe that you are still righteous, a saint and justified. (Romans 3:24)
Believe that Jesus has atoned for ALL your sin at the cross (1 Peter 2:24) – so there is nothing to pay, you don’t have to pay a penance. If your expecting or suspecting that bad things are about to happen as a punishment for your sin then repent of the thinking! There is no future punishment for those in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
Summing up then, don’t make repentance and confession a dead work (Hebrews 6:1), because in themselves, they don’t earn you anything! God isn’t favourable towards you because of your repentance; your repentance is an evidence of God’s grace at work in you: producing faith in his finished work!
Therefore, don’t promise never to sin again – because that’s probably a lie!
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