I recently read an article about 5 things pastors don’t like to talk about, which are: 1) living together without marriage, 2) gluttony, 3) sin, 4) tobacco and alcohol abuse, and 5) giving.
Interesting list, huh? That list can be narrowed down to one thing: SIN! Sin is still sin to God. Just because Jesus wiped our “sin slate” clean does not mean we are excluded from the consequences of sin here on earth. The eternal consequence of sin has been paid by Jesus. Amen. Through both the Old Testament and the New Testament God commands us not to sin—to be Holy as God is Holy—to resist the devil—to bring every thought captive and align them with God’s Word. Warriors, if being under grace means sin is of no consequence to us, why are we commanded not to sin?
Because God loves us and wants our lives here to be abundant in every way possible! It is not God’s will that we are demonized by the Enemy and his minions! It is impossible to return to our “ex-slave master” and expect to receive that abundant life free of consequences; and knowing the Enemy comes only to kill, steal and destroy, the consequences aren’t going to be pretty. There are . . .
TWO OBJECTIVES OF THE ENEMY
(which fall under the umbrella of his coming "ONLY to kill, steal and destroy")
1) to keep the unsaved from Christ (salvation), and
2) to render every believer INEFFECTIVE for God’s kingdom.
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, so that we might have LIFE and have it more ABUNDANTLY. We cannot experience that abundant life by “returning” to our “ex-slave master” and expect to be free of consequences.
Do you have sin that you are holding onto . . . that you just can’t stop? Do you feel defeated, depressed, and worn out? Do you wonder why you can’t seem to gain the victory knowing that you have been redeemed? Warriors, that sin(s) you’re holding onto is the weapon the Enemy is using against you!
Many hear the word “demon” and automatically go straight to “possession.” The word “possession” means TOTAL OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL. Obviously, Christians cannot be POSSESSED by the Enemy or any other evil spirit because we are OWNED by God. That means nobody is going to take us out of His hand! Hallelu-Yah!!!
However, if through our own free will we choose to return and practice (willful and repeated) sin once again, we are effectively going back to our “ex-slave master (a/k/a Satan),” and thereby have opened a spiritual door which give legal right for Satan and/or his minions to come and go AT WILL for the express purpose of our destruction! Willful, continual sin gives the Enemy legal right to “demonize” you. This might be in the form of personality glitches, all kinds of addictions, depression, anxiety, sickness and disease, suicidal thoughts, financial woes, relationship troubles, etc.
Does it surprise you that SIN is the only thing that can render us INEFFECTIVE to God? It isn’t Jesus who left the door open for the Enemy to wander in. YOU OPENED THE DOOR when you returned to your old master to once again practice SIN.
2 Peter 2:20 (KJV) “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.”
Someone . . . anyone . . . explain to me why the vast majority of the Body of Christ doesn’t believe in or see the need for deliverance! Anyone who returns to sin after being saved is taken captive by the Enemy. Right before Jesus ascended back to Heaven, He commissioned all BELIEVERS TO CAST OUT DEVILS!
Mark 16:17-19 (KJV) "17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God."
You might be wondering, why would a Christian return to servitude to sin? Because the Enemy targets baby/immature Christians, Christians who have not been properly discipled fully, those who are traumatically wounded, and those who have a special call from God on their life. Anyone who doesn’t know the Word of God . . . doesn’t know the TRUTH and lacks knowledge. Baby Christians don’t understand the Spiritual War they have just entered. When the Enemy goes after a Christian who "should be, but isn’t” mature (a result of not reading, studying, and knowing God’s Word), it is the next best thing to a full-blown attack on a baby Christian. Does that make sense?
#1: If you are a new Christian, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO IS READ, STUDY AND PUT
TO MEMORY GOD’S WORD.
#2: If you are a “should be but isn’t” mature Christian, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO IS
READ, STUDY AND PUT TO MEMORY GOD’S WORD.
The above list that pastors don’t like to talk about speaks VOLUMES. Preaching about sin is off limits to many preachers today. Even God’s pastors and teachers don’t want to tell you that you need to STOP SINNING. Even though we’ll never be completely sinless this side of Heaven, we should be sinning less than we did a year ago, five years ago, or even a decade ago.
Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
The Word of God is like a double-edged sword, which cuts both the one giving it out and the one hearing it. Whoever mishandles the Word of God will be held accountable (James 3:1). We need to fear God; not what ANY man thinks. We need to call SIN exactly what it is. We need to admonish each other (in love not in condemnation) to distance ourselves far, far away from and to strive to stay away from sin. We need to love each other ENOUGH to do it.
Do we love like God tells us we need to love?
Galatians 6:1a (KJV) "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness"
If a brother/sister is caught in a sin, we need to pick them up, dust them off, disciple them, help repair their relationship with God, instruct them on how important it is for them to stop sinning and encourage them to continue fighting the good fight! We are called to set the captives free, to cast out demons, to shut the door that was opened and explain to the ex-captive how to keep it closed! AMEN!!
If you are a believer and are guilty of practicing sin (opening the door), there is a remedy. “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” 1 John 2:1. Restoration is found in Him. Follow these steps:
1) RECOGNIZE (admit) the sin;
2) Take responsibility by REPENTING for the action to God and others;
3) RENOUNCE the sin as dead works;
4) REMOVE the stronghold/evil spirit by commanding it leave in Jesus' Name and by the
legal authority you have through Jesus' Blood; and
5) RESIST THE TEMPTATION (DON'T DO IT AGAIN)!
Rejoice in your freedom and, from what you have learned, restore others to wholeness. Amen!!
Serving My Master and Captain in Battle,