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Date: 12.06.17
An Uncomfortable, Liberty-Bringing Message

Today’s message may not be my most popular or comfortable but my goal is not to bring condemnation, but to share a truth that will usher in liberty. I’d love to hear your comments below.

I used to think the consequence of sin was only defined as “separation from God” in the form of hell or in discipline. But a while back, the truth hit me that when we choose sin, not only do we go against God and His will, but we choose to be our own worst enemy. We choose to wound ourselves because sin corrupts. It taints us. It makes us aware of things we should have never known. It causes us to forfeit God’s best. Through sin, we lose innocence, purity, conviction, and integrity. We lose the joy and wonder of living like a little child, unaware of evil.

Tragically, we often downplay the personal consequence of sin. We think we get away with sin because we don’t see any immediate consequence in our circumstances. We don’t get caught. No one knows, or it’s “just a little thing.” But we must not downplay the effect sin has on our souls.

The woman who chooses adultery thinks, “I deserve to be happy. My husband doesn’t satisfy me.” She doesn’t realize that when she chooses unfaithfulness, she is corrupting her own soul. She thereby forfeits the highest virtues of selflessness, compassion, love, and obedience to God, all in the name of pleasure and self-gratification.

The man who justifies becoming involved in a dishonest business deal corrupts his own soul as he throws away trust in God, faithfulness, and hope in the Lord’s provision. When we choose sin, we never win. We always participate in our own destruction.

Maybe you have chosen sin and now you are grieving that choice. The good news is that God has said that if you confess your sin, He is faithful and just to forgive your sin and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). He wants to renew your heart through His Word and relationship with Him. And He even wants to redeem what has happened for His glory. I invite you to confess your sin to today and invite Him to transform you. You are loved.

Lord, please forgive me for sinning against you, and thank you so much for being a loving Father who is always ready to restore me and receive me. Thank you, Lord, for your love and grace. Amen.

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5 thoughts on “An Uncomfortable, Liberty-Bringing Message

  1. Oh Shana…You did not offend me. You were simply obeying the Holy Spirit. We’ve lost consciousness of sin and I think it’s a good reminder for all of us.
    I’ll tell you though, that your intro did not match what I thought your message was going to be– because not everybody will be liberated by this message. They maybe uncomfortable, but not necessarily liberated; because, as you mentioned, sin has become so ingrained that they have justified it. Thank you for the message.

  2. I spoke with a friend this morning whose brother believes and says that he is “walking in grace,” as he lives with his girlfriend and gets drunk with her.
    I don’t think he understands the impact sin has on his life, and is certainly enjoying pleasure & self-gratification. And, yes, he is destroying himself whether he realizes it or not! However, she is praying that, like the prodigal, he will come to the end of “himself,” come to his senses, and acknowledge his sin!!

  3. Hi Shana!

    Spot on! Sin fully matured leads to death and damnation. When we take on our new salvation nature we are unfortunately are not relieved of our old sin nature. As such, while we live here on earth, we will always fall short of God’s nature and glory. We must recognize that despite our best efforts, we will fail to always obey, and will sin.

    We must realize that when we were first saved we became permanent Children of God. That relationship, bond, covenant, is eternal, God will always be Abba, Father, and Daddy.

    Our fellowship with God can suffer. Everyday we are either growing closer to God or withdrawing from God in some aspect or another. We must continually strive to move forward, lean into God, pursue Him with all of our heart. The fellowship may suffer from time to time as all fellowships do. But the Relationship, our family status, our justification thru Christ, does not change.

    God knows our hearts. If we are Christians in name only, He will know. But if we sincerely love and attempt to follow and serve our Christ our Lord, but slip-up a bit along the way, God will never let us go. He is a loving and patient Father. As Paul said, it is impossible for God to let go of His true children. No force in Heaven, on Earth or in Hell can ever separate us from the redeeming love of God the Father. Amen, Amen!

    Blessings and Merry Christmas,

    Ron

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  • Oh Shana…You did not offend me. You were simply obeying the Holy Spirit. We’ve lost consciousness of sin and I think it’s a good reminder for all of us.
    I’ll tell you though, that your intro did not match what I thought your message was going to be– because not everybody will be liberated by this message. They maybe uncomfortable, but not necessarily liberated; because, as you mentioned, sin has become so ingrained that they have justified it. Thank you for the message.

  • I spoke with a friend this morning whose brother believes and says that he is “walking in grace,” as he lives with his girlfriend and gets drunk with her.
    I don’t think he understands the impact sin has on his life, and is certainly enjoying pleasure & self-gratification. And, yes, he is destroying himself whether he realizes it or not! However, she is praying that, like the prodigal, he will come to the end of “himself,” come to his senses, and acknowledge his sin!!

  • Hi Shana!

    Spot on! Sin fully matured leads to death and damnation. When we take on our new salvation nature we are unfortunately are not relieved of our old sin nature. As such, while we live here on earth, we will always fall short of God’s nature and glory. We must recognize that despite our best efforts, we will fail to always obey, and will sin.

    We must realize that when we were first saved we became permanent Children of God. That relationship, bond, covenant, is eternal, God will always be Abba, Father, and Daddy.

    Our fellowship with God can suffer. Everyday we are either growing closer to God or withdrawing from God in some aspect or another. We must continually strive to move forward, lean into God, pursue Him with all of our heart. The fellowship may suffer from time to time as all fellowships do. But the Relationship, our family status, our justification thru Christ, does not change.

    God knows our hearts. If we are Christians in name only, He will know. But if we sincerely love and attempt to follow and serve our Christ our Lord, but slip-up a bit along the way, God will never let us go. He is a loving and patient Father. As Paul said, it is impossible for God to let go of His true children. No force in Heaven, on Earth or in Hell can ever separate us from the redeeming love of God the Father. Amen, Amen!

    Blessings and Merry Christmas,

    Ron

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