God desires fellowship with His creation, and that was broken because of sin. God sent Jesus to this earth to become our sacrifice so that fellowship could be restored. When we accept God’s gift of salvation, we are made alive. We were dead in our sins but given new life through Jesus Christ. We no longer belong to ourselves but to God. This is another desire of God that we follow Him. If Jesus died for all sins, why would it matter if we follow Him? Why would it matter if we sin?
When it all is said and done, all the Christian life can be summed up by this Word, relationships. There are three areas of relationships for Christians: Their relationship with God, their relationship with Christians, and their relationship with lost people.
Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father, who is in Heaven.
There is one thing that hinders all relationships, sin. Sin hinders your relationship with God because it places a distance between you and God. Now understand, you cannot lose your salvation, but it hurts the relationship. Ever felt like God wasn’t listening? How about not wanting to pray or read the Bible? You have allowed sin to hurt your relationship.
Sin hinders your relationship with other Christians. Sin is selfish. It is impossible to love others when you are focused on yourself.
Sin also hinders your relationship with lost people. We are to show them what Christ has done for us through our lives and can do for them. Do they see Jesus or sin in your life?
Cover Them Up
1 John 1:5-6,8,10
5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His Word is not in us.
There is no gray area when you are discussing sin.
How do Christians cover up their sins? By lying. We began by lying to other Christians because we want them to think that we are spiritual, and then we begin to lie to ourselves, so we think that we are not the problem. Once you have convinced yourself, then you begin to lie to God. How do you lie to God? You act like you’re perfect, and when God tries to correct you through the Word, a sermon, study, etc… you act as if that was not for you. If you find yourself criticizing instead of being convicted, you are probably being controlled by sin.
1 John 1:7, but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:9, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
God is holy and just and must punish sin, but through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, we can be justified. Jesus Christ is our Advocate if we allow Him to be our Savior. Jesus also represents us in Heaven. When we sin, Jesus is our Mediator. Because He paid the ultimate price for us, He has become the bridge to God the Father. This is why we can come into God’s Holy presence.
Jesus is in Heaven as our Advocate. The first thing He asks to do with our sins is to confess them. What does it mean to confess your sins? It literally means to say the same thing about that sin as God does. See, you’re not just admitting sin, you are judging that sin. If you do that, then God forgives it and forgets it. This does not mean that God condones sin. This brings us to the third way to deal with sin.
Cast Them Off
John 8:11, And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.“
After we have accepted forgiveness, Jesus asks us to leave our sin behind. We do not have to sin. The secret of victory over sin is found in the phrase, Walk in the light. To walk in the light means to be honest with God, ourselves, and others. It means that when the Light reveals our sins to us that we immediately confess it to God and claim His forgiveness.
1 John 1:7, “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”.
When you are living your life in this manner, you will become a true CHAMPION!
Go to Romans Road to Salvation and/or Prayer of Rededication