What is Sin, Pt. 2

If you have a question in your mind whether or not something is a sin, you must ask yourself whether or not we are misusing God’s creation to give glory to someone else, ourselves, or the devil. Let’s take Galatians 5:19-21 for example. It says, “19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Let’s group these sins into some categories that define what sin really is.

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What is Sin, Pt. 1

What is sin? Sin is not merely a list of do’s and don’ts. It is not my opinion of what sin is because that seems to be what it is in this postmodern world in which we live today. Truth is not whatever you want it to be. It is not like God’s standard is higher or lower from one person to the next. The scripture serves as the standard in which we are commissioned by God to live. Truth is the very foundation of the Word of God. We must live by it in order to walk in truth and avoid sin. The reason why the world hates the church so much is because of the truth we claim and proclaim through the Bible. It defines what sin is, and we must take notice.

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The Law of Liberty

THE LAW OF LIBERTY!

  1. We are not free to do whatever we want unless our desires reflect His commandments.

Psalm 119:45 says, “And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts (mandates, commandments).” 

  • We are not free to disobey, but to obey. We are not free to sin, but to be holy. This is more than doing the right thing, but rather righteousness has become part of us because the Spirit of Christ rests within us! 
  • Many confuse freedoms we have as an American with that of a Christian. There are some you can do as an American that you cannot do as a Christian! Americanism can be selfish. It is about us fulfilling every dream we have, even if it means damaging others who come in our path. It is about doing what we want, regardless of how someone feels or things. Christian freedom is a freedom to love and obey God’s Word!
  • 1 John 3:4 says that sin is lawlessness. Freedom is not being lawless, living our own lives without rules, commitments or boundaries! When we become lawless, our life shows we are more connected to a spirit of Antichrist rather than the spirit of Christ!

2) It requires an anointing from the Spirit of the LORD to proclaim liberty and freedom!

Isaiah 61:1 says, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners.” 

  • Only free people free people. The enemy would love nothing more than for us to not recognize who we are, become distracted and just speak death, bondage and defeat when we have what is necessary to set people free. However, speaking the truth can sound like death to some if it is issued with a warning or encourages you to die to your flesh, but it is the truth that makes people free (John 8:32)! Our actions demonstrate that we are free, but our words bring life and are key to setting others free!

3) Freedom is not an excuse to offend or cause someone else to stumble in their faith. 

1 Corinthians 8:9 says, “But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”

1 Corinthians 10:33 says, “Even as I please (be agreeable with) all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” 

Galatians 1:10 says, “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”

  • Even though we may think that something is o.k. and it doesn’t condemn our conscience, if it puts a blemish on the church and refrains someone else from coming to Christ, then we have to consider not engaging in an action that causes them to lose faith. This does not mean that we are “people pleasers”. Paul almost paints a picture of being a people-pleaser, but his focus was he wanted to give God glory in everything that he did. He did not pervert or change the message of the gospel to make people comfortable in their sin, but if an action of his was considered a sin in someone’s culture, he refused to do it because the end game was to win as many people to Christ as possible. If the message was perverted, then he was leading people to a false Christ! That is why if he just tried to please people all of the time, he would not be a servant of Christ! Freedom causes us to serve other people, not to stumble!

4) Freedom is to love our neighbor as ourselves!

James 2:8-13 (NASB) says, “8If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. 11For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not commit murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. 13For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.” 

  • At the judgment seat of Christ, we are not judged by people’s opinions of us, and so we need to set a different and higher standard. The standard is Jesus! We will be judged by the law of liberty, how we used our freedom to our advantage in advancing the kingdom of God! 
  • If we show mercy, we will be judged by mercy. Therefore, we must be considerate of people who are struggling in their faith, seeing things from their perspective and helping them to be restored spiritually. It is not a time to publicly expose and humiliate people, but be there for them in their greatest time of need! 
  • Conviction leads to freedom, but condemnation leads to shame. People who are dealing with shame are beating themselves up in their own conscience, and it is a refusal to confess their sins, mistakes, issues and struggles when in reality confession paves the way for healing (James 5:16). 

5) Freedom is only where God’s presence is!

2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

  • If you take away the presence of God, the nature and character of the Holy Spirit, then you have removed freedom and have paved the way for manmade ideas, religion, division and disorder! It takes the Holy Spirit to bring about unity and for us to be led by Him!

6) Freedom will motivate jealousy and attacks, and we should recognize when freedom is in jeopardy!

Galatians 2:3-5 says, “3But not even Titus, who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. 4But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.” 

  • The purpose of recognizing “spies” who would seek to only tear apart the church is for the purpose of not sacrificing and giving up our freedom to worship and obey God to a culture that only wants to manipulate and control someone into bondage. 
  • We have a Biblical right to stand for our freedom in Christ! Don’t surrender your right to worship God and boldly declare His Word in faith to any idea or agenda that conflicts with who He is!

7) Freedom is searching for our imperfections before anyone else so that we can become a purer reflection of Christ! 

James 1:23-25 (NASB) says, “23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” 

  • When you are getting ready to go somewhere, you will look at yourself in the mirror “hopefully” to brush your hair, put makeup on, shave or whatever. It requires time, but you want to make sure to eliminate any imperfection so that you can look the best you can. Those reflect people who hear the Word and do the word. Others may be in a hurry and are just trying to get out the door, but when you are rushing things and not spending time in the presence of God, then you can miss what God is trying to cover! You hear the Word, but you ignore it being for you, and, as a result, do not apply it! You may think of it being for someone else when you should take every Word every preached, or any word spoken to you in prayer as something sent down from heaven to minister to wherever you are. Only humility allows you to see your imperfections and make changes in your life to reflect God’s image. Low self-esteem causes you to beat yourself up and look down on yourself over any imperfection without any hope of transformation instead of seeing where repentance, correction and discipline can lead you to! If we refuse to change or deal with the issue, what we eventually do is simply put on a mask! What God wants is our transparency, and then we can walk and live in freedom!


Preventing Burnout – Video Devotional

Thursday Devotional: Preventing Burnout!

Posted by Our Father's House on Thursday, June 25, 2020



Jesus is Praying for You!

Luke 22:31-34 (NASB) says, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33But he said to Him, “Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!” 34And He said, “I say to you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me.”


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From Sifting to Shifting, Pt. 2

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 says, “24Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn…36Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
 

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From Sifting to Shifting, Pt. 1

Luke 22:31-34 (NASB) says, “31“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33But he said to Him, “Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!” 34And He said, “I say to you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me.”

Luke 22:31-34 (KJV) says, “31And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. 33And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. 34And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.”
 

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Fruit Isn’t Always Immediate

Galatians 6:9-10 (NASB) says, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” 
 

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What is the Kingdom of God?

Romans 14:13-23 (NASB) says, “13Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. 14I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. 16Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; 17for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. 20Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense. 21It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles. 22The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.”

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