VICTORY OVER SIN
Saturday, 29 February 2020
Proverbs 28 : 1-28
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. -Proverbs 28:13
Man has inherited the fallen nature through Adam, which always shows its affinity towards sin. The fallen and corrupted nature of man is often referred to as the “flesh.” Galatians 5:17 says "For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit“- that’s why the Bible tells us to flee from temptations. That’s how close we are to commit a sin. 1 Peter 5:8 "Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Some fall prey and live in sin and what follows next is guilt. But we do have victory over sin if we decide to take the right steps to overcome.
It is good to define sin as the Bible sees it: “sin is lawlessness” (1John 3:4) – breaking the law of God. God has clearly written in His Word what they are. If we do not deal with sin and continue living in it, we end up in a lifetime of guilt which can swallow us up. An old thief even if he has not committed a crime, starts to run at the glimpse of a policeman. Now why does that happen? His guilt followed by fear convicts him. Proverbs 28:1 says “The wicked run away when no one is chasing them”- this is the guilt and fear of the sinner.
Sin if not dealt with can ruin one’s life. David cries out: "When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.” Psalm 32:3 NLT But when he confessed it, he received forgiveness from God (Ps.32:5).
Let us look into the steps of how to deal with sin:
The first step to clear one’s sinful account is to acknowledge that Sin is Sin! Where realization starts a process of rectification commences. In Psalm 38:18 David speaks,
"For I will declare my iniquity…”
Confess your Sin
Step two is confessing. Confessing is an act of agreeing to God that we have committed a wrongdoing. It means we also have to take the step to abandon the sin in order to follow God more faithfully. 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
When your part is complete, then God takes over!
God forgives you God offers us forgiveness of sin through His Son, Jesus Christ who has paid for the wages of sin which is death (Rom.4:25; 6:23). When we accept what Christ has done on the Cross for us, we are saved!
God will instruct and teach you When you surrender yourselves to God He will instruct and guide you: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” (Psalm 32:8) If you tend to go astray, He will take measures to discipline you (Hebrews 12:6)
He makes you bold as the lion The lion, the king of the jungle fears no beast and walks with power. When we submit our lives to Jesus and strive to walk an acceptable life in God’s sight, we will walk boldly as the lion (Prov. 28:1) for no arrows of evil will penetrate the righteous (Isaiah 54:17).
Dear brothers and sisters, Our God loves us and He is rich in mercy. He wants to forgive us and desires that we come to Him through Christ! So Let us run to His throne of grace with confidence and receive his mercy to help us in our time of need- the need being to overcome sin and live in victory!
To Act on:
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
Listen: ‘Create in me a clean heart’
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