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12. How Does a Christian Sin?

Michael Dant
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How do surrendered Christians sin? When we have been crucified in Christ and it is no longer we who live but Christ Who lives in us, how do we sin? The correct answer to this question has dramatic ramifications for the Christian life and our understanding of how it works.

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Michael Dant

Embedded Computer Science Teacher at Southern Adventist University. 

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  • November 12, 2016
    11:30 AM
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How does a Christianson How does a Christian sin why is this important to understand this question How does a Christian sin Well we are told that the nature and the importance of the law of God have been to a great extent lost sight of Iran conception of the character the perpetuity and the obligation of the divine law has led to errors in relation to what. Conversion and sanctification these are two critical areas of the Christian life conversion is where it starts in fact of occasions where grows and has resulted in lowering the standards of piety in the world little in the church this is talking about our church and then she does this stop here she goes on she says here is to be found the secret of the lack of the spirit and power of God in the revivals of our time. Do you guys know why we are having a problem as a church with this revival Reformation thing. It's because we have lost sight of the. Character The perpetuity and the obligation of God's divine law and that's even though we are people of the book and we are people who keep all ten commandments and yet we're still. Lacking the spirit and power of God in the revivals of our time so this is incredible critically important information how does a Christian sin where do you even start to answer a question like that I mean what do you do where do you go how does a Christian sin in fact this question is so difficult that I propose that we go to an easier question let's ask an easier question does a Christian sin that's an easier question right there's only two answers you see there guests or no and we probably think we already know the answer of course Christians sin we all sin right we're all sinners. Does the Christian sin the Bible says all have what sin. And fall short of the glory of God We are all short comers when it comes to that we're all failures when it comes to the glory of God So yes we sin Solomon says there is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins that's pretty clear isn't it I mean you really can't get much clearer than that somen says nobody on this earth never sends So let's just pack up our bags and go home right that's it that's well there's some other Bible text we should look at. The SOME A says if you Lord should market it could use O. Lord who could stand as true who could stand if God should mark our nickel he's none of us not one of us we are sinners OK but then Paul comes along and says we don't have to sin he says no temptations overtaken you but such as is common to man and God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you were able but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also so you will be able to endure it OK so we don't have to sin. But isn't that just the ideal I mean ideally we would sin we have a way out we don't have to but how does that work in practical Christian life is that just the ideal or is that the norm Jesus proclaims Truly truly I say to you everyone who commits sin is the what. OK so are Christians slave to sin. Everyone who commits sin is a slave a sin are Christians slaves to sin Well Paul says No our old self was crucified with him in order that our body of sin might be done away with so that we would what no longer be slaves to sin Paul says that God is going to give us the victory or sin that our old self was crucified that's so that's a wonder and the power of surrender is that when our old self was crucified. We no longer are slaves to sin but Jesus says everyone who's commit sin is a slave of sin so. That seems to indicate that Christians will soon. Well let's go on Therefore since Crisis suffered in the flesh as a Peter now arm yourselves also with the same purpose because he who has suffered in the flesh has. Ceased from sin so as to live the rest of the life of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men but for the will of God. So we've seen several verses that seem to say that even Christians sin but we've also seen several verses here. That seem to say that Christians do not sin. He says they have ceased from sin Well let's look at some more passages of Scripture if we say that we have no sin we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in a so there is John the beloved disciple saying hey if you're saying that you have any sin you're deceiving yourself truth is not in you so let's not do this and it gets even worse a couple verses later if we say that we have not sinned we make Him a liar this is time of God No we don't do that and His word is not in a so let's not do that let's admit that we are sinners right and move on except that that same beloved Postle John says this little children make sure no one deceives you the one who practices righteousness is righteous just as he is righteous the one who practices sin is of the devil no one who is born of God practices sin because his seed abides in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God while John really this is the same guy that just a minute ago said that if you say you are not with your without sin that you are deceiving ourselves and here is saying no one who is born of God sins practice a sin but it gets even worse or even better when I look at it look at this this is the same apostle no one who abides in him sins no one who sins has seen him or knows him. OK so it makes sense now if everything is clear right does a Christian sin. Yes the Bible says. You clearly do. Know the Bible says we clearly don't. And the Bible says we clearly do so are things clear now right yes OK Good all right. Is there a contradiction is scripture no if there appears to be this contradiction of scriptures usually because we're not understanding something kids if I told you that flowers grow best and sunshine. And then I said flowers grow best and shade what would you think. Which ones true do they grow best and sunshine or do they grow best and shame both both the WE GOT US market here all right good yes there are at least two types of flowers some flowers grow best in sunshine and some flowers grow best in shame it's the same way of the Christian life there are at least two types of sin and the Bible is talking about those two types of sin there is a sense in which even the truly surrendered Christians since the Bible is clear about that but there is also a type of sin and wish to truly surrender Christian does not sin and we have to understand these two it's critically important that we understand these two types of sin and so that we can understand what God expects of us and what he is empowering us in the Christian life so perhaps the best place to go to learn about these different types of sin is in the sanctuary service the sanctuary service has so many beautiful things about the Christian life let's look at the sanctuary service and look at four different types of sin that the sanctuary service teaches us and we can put it in this nice little table in the rose we have faithful sounds of unfaithful sins so there are people who are faithful who are sinning and there are people who are unfaithful and sinning in the columns we have unintentional sin and then we have intentional sin two different types of sin those that people do unintentionally and those that they do intentionally So those are the four types in that table let's look at these first of all of it is chapter four we. About the faithful person who commits an unintentional sin and the sacrifice for that is a female go this is what the Bible says now if any one of the common people soon unintentionally in doing any of the things which the Lord has commanded not to be done it becomes guilty if his soon which he has committed is made known to him then he shall bring for his offering a goat a female without effect for his sin which he has committed so that's the first type of sin the faithful person committing an unintentional sin that is Biblical The second type of sin Oh there's lots of places where you see the same type of unintentional sin Leviticus for two if a person said done intentionally when a leader sins and unintentionally if a person acts on faithfully and soon then intentionally if one person soon then intentionally then use select for yourselves cities to be your cities of refuge that the man Slayer has killed any person unintentionally mayfly there and uses was saying Father forgive them for they do not know what they're doing this concept of unintentional sin is throughout Scripture the second type of sin is the unfaithful unintentional In other words an person that is not faithful to God not surrendered to Jesus they commit an unintentional sin and this type of sin is discussed in Leviticus Chapter five and the sacrifice notices is higher now it's not just a female goat which is the cheapest sacrifice this is the RAM which is more expensive the Bible says if a person acts unfaithfully and sins unintentionally against the Lord's holy things then he shall bring his guilt offering to the Lord a Ram without the fact from the flock OK so that's a second type of sin the third type of sin is the unfaithful person who commits an intentional sin this is found in the because Chapter six and the sacrifice is restitution for the sin because intentional whatever they did they have to restore and they also have to add a fifth to it by the way and a ram. So that. If I said even more expensive the Bible says the Lord spoke to Moses saying when a person sins and acts unfaithfully against the Lord and deceives his companion in regard to deposit or security intrusted to him or through robbery or fee as extorted from his companions or all intentional sins or has found what has was lost and lied about it in the form falsely so that he sins regard to any one of the things a man may do he shall make restitution for in full and add one fifth more he shall give it to the one to whom it belongs on the day present his guilt offering then he shall bring to the priest his guilt offering to the Lord a Ram without defect from the flock according to your valuation for a guilt offering So those are the three types assumes we've seen so far a faithful person committing an unintentional sin an unfaithful person committing an unintentional sin and an unfaithful person committing an intentional sin those are the three types we've seen so far so what do you think the fourth type of sin that the Bible talks about is. Defiant intentional sin we find this one in Numbers Chapter fifteen and there's no sacrifice for. Number says You shall have one law for him who does anything unintentionally for him who is native among the sons of visual and for the alien who so durned among them but the person who does anything defiantly whether he is native or an alien that one is blaspheming the Lord and that person shall be cut off from his people this is in reference to the guy who was out on the Sabbath collecting wood for the fire even though God had explicitly told them not to collect wood on the Sabbath he was doing it not only intentionally but defiantly. He was blaspheming God saying I am more important in God My way is better and that person and his family were stoned. That was a serious sin define sin that's the one that lead to the unpardonable sin by the way so those are the four types of sin that we learn about in the. Official service now is anyone here wondering about that little blank spot on our table. Yeah there's a little blank spot there what about the faithful person who commits the intentional sin it's not found in the Bible nowhere in the Bible does it talk about a faithful person committing an intentional sin. In fact the Bible says exactly the opposite no one who abides in him since no one who sins has seen him or knows whom this is the type of sin is talking about the intentional sin. It's an important distinction when to look at that a little bit more let's look at into unintentional sin a little bit the Bible says that all unrighteousness is sin. OK Do any of you have any and righteousness in you. Right to there is none righteous not even one so yes we are sinners even the most fully surrendered Christian is a sinner because we still have an righteousness in us God is sanctifying it out of us but we're not righteous yet there is none righteous not even one and all and righteousness and sin so in that sense yes everyone no matter who is Christian or non-Christian is a sinner the heart is the sequel above all things and desperately wicked who can know it so we know that we all have this with this deceitful heart right and then the Bible says or the L A wife says we need to understand that imperfection of character is sin. So we all have imperfections in our character we are not ready for translation yet God is still working on our characters each one of us and we need to understand that imperfection of character is sin so yes my friends all of us no matter how close we are to the Lord we are sinners standing in the need of grace. That's clear the Bible teaches that very clearly. There are some things in the Christian life we can do there are some things we can't do we have direct control of our characters No I I know that I might have a pride problem and so I said. Myself I'm going to humble from now on that work that way can I change my character that way no we cannot change our characters directly we work with God to change them indirectly Absolutely but we cannot change ourselves can leopard change spots you know so the notice in this next statement will be can we cannot do God has given us the power of choice it is ours to what. Exercise we want to grow that power of choice we cannot change our hearts we cannot control our thoughts our impulses our affections see that that's all true isn't it we cannot control these things we cannot make ourselves pure fit for God's service but we can choose to serve God we can give him our will then he will work in us to will and to do according to HIS good pleasure thus our whole nature will be brought under the control of Christ in that wonderful that we have a power of choice that we can choose God over our selves is that wonderful That is such a great blessing is a privilege to give ourselves wholly to God. Speaking of unintentional sin and why he says there are those who have known the pardoning love of Christ and who really desire to be children of God yet they realize that their character is what imperfect US is still imperfect their life faulty We shall often have to bow down and weep at the feet of Jesus because of our shortcomings and mistakes but we are not to be discouraged is not encouraging We shall often have to bow down and weep at the feet of Jesus. But he forgives us and he listens up and he encourages us we are not to be discouraged. So there are three types of unintentional sin three major types of unintentional since the first type is mistakes mistakes are bad choices that we make and we don't realize are bad when we make them is until afterwards oh my god that was a bad mistake that's a mistake it was a bad show. Example of this is Saul persecuting Christians. He thought he was doing God's Will he was persecuting God's people for God's sake that was a mistake you know what he was doing that was unintentional Number two the second type of unintentional sin or shortcomings these are things that we want to be really good at but we're not you know I want to love God with all my heart with all my mind with all my soul with all my strength I really do but I'm not there yet I wish I was I love to be there but I'm a shy I'm definitely got the muscle problem comes to that you know and lots of things in my life where I'd really really like to be able to be you know. Perfect but I'm not I have these shortcomings so that's the second type of unintentional send the third type of unintentional sin or the character flaws these are the impulses the impulse of pride the impulse of fear the impulse of jealousy or anger all these things that we don't want that we hate that we don't want to have anything to do with but they come anyway these impulses attack us whether we like it or not. So let's look a little bit now at the other sin the other type of sin we've been looking at unintentional sin let's look at intentional therefore James says to the one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it to him it is what sin this is the intentional sin this is the bad one unfortunately the Bible only has one word for sin and yet there are several different types of sin that are referenced under that one type so this is the intentional sin so most of these intentional sins are starkly obvious if you commit adultery you can be pretty sure that you committed a sin can't you if you murder you can be pretty sure that you committed a sin. If you dishonored your father and mother if you broke the Sabbath you lied you know that you you've committed an intentional sin if you do it on purpose but there are other times when the intentional sin is not quite so obvious Jesus on the surface. When the Mount said that looking at a woman lustfully was what. Intentional sin adultery and being angry with your brother was committing murder right so it was like committing murder. And even idolatry can be subtle sometimes anything we are told which tends to abate our love for God or to interfere with the service due him becomes thereby an idol. While you know a Dollar Tree is one of the Ten Commandments and yet anything that tends to abate our love for God or to interfere with the service to Him becomes thereby an idol if we are intentionally hanging on to anything that we know abates our love for God. Makes it hard for us to enjoy him to relish the subtle simple pleasures of life we're hanging on to a worldly pleasure we thereby become an idolater So it's important understand that's not always easy to recognize these intentional sins. There are five things that we should know about intentional sins the first one is unintentional sins can become intentional In other words let's say that I have a prideful thought it's an impulse I don't like it I don't want it I didn't ask for it came that's unintentional at that point but if we take that unintentional sin and we say you know what that's true I deserve better than that I should be treated better than that you know I'm better than this person if we choose to take that thought and run with that that becomes intentional when our power choice is involved that unintentional impulse becomes an intentional sin so it's very important that we understand that unintentional sins can become intentional James says Each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust then when lust has conceived it gives birth to sin and when the sin is accomplished it brings forth death you see the progression. That goes on there. The third thing that we should know. About. A second thing we should know about intentional sin is that willful ignorance of God's will is intentional so that you know that. We can't say don't tell me what God want because if you tell me that I have to do it you know if you ever thought that or said. Shouldn't we rather be delighting in God's Will shouldn't we be looking for everything we can about God's will trying understand God's will as perfectly as possible not just giving God are the least we can do by giving them our best choices you know I remember a time in my life when I avoided the book councils on diets and foods because I didn't want to know how bad my diet was I've ever been there to be heard you know do we sometimes avoid trying to know god's will why would we do that that's actually intentional sin trying to avoid knowing God's will God has a. Awesome will and it never hurts for us to know it as much as possible to know god's will and to and to let him align us to that will. Those who have an opportunity to hear the truth and yet take no pains to hear understand it thinking that if they did not hear they will not be accountable will be judged guilty before God the same L.-Y. tells us as if they had heard and rejected while that strong there will be no excuse for those who choose to go in error when they might understand what is truth in his sufferings and death this is a great statement here in his sufferings and death Jesus has made atonement for all what types of sin. The unintentional sins right the sins of ignorance Jesus made atonement in his sacrifice for those that's wonderful news because those of we don't have control over but she says there is no provision made for willful blindness. The third thing that we should know about intentional sins is that Christ's robe of righteousness does not cover intentional sins Paul clearly tells us if we go on sinning wilfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins. Boy I wish I had understood this when I was young kids this is some important stuff you can get this now you will have thirty year damage over me. If we go on sinning wilfully Paul tells us after receiving the knowledge of the truth they're no longer remains a sacrifice for sins that's an intentional sin when we sin intentionally We shrug off pressure of righteousness. Christ of righteousness covers all of us or none of us you can stick a foot out there is a lord cover all me but my foot because I want that sin. That's not how justification works she goes on while God can be just and yet justify the sinner through the merits of Christ no man can cover his soul with the garments of Christ's righteousness while practicing known since or neglecting known duties. It's those intentional sins my friends that get us those known duties or those known bad choices those are the ones that destroy us those are the ones that we have to avoid at all costs she goes on God requires the entire surrender of the heart before justification can take place and in order for man to retain justification there must be continual billions through active living faith that works by love and your fi's the soul this continual B.D.'s that you talk about where does this come from is this from us no Only God can do it right Self is the problem. The Holy Spirit is the solution surrender is the key because surrender lets the Holy Spirit have his. Way to surrender lets God be Almighty God in us that's why it is the key to the Holy Spirit. So those are the first three things we should know the fourth thing we should know is that there is no such thing as a little intentional sin it is so easy for us as Seventh Day Adventists as lukewarm Christians to say well you know it's not really that big of a deal besides God isn't finished with me yet have you ever said that to yourself My friends I believe that statement is one of the most insidious statements in all of Christendom you know it's not really that big of a deal and besides God isn't finished with me yet with that one statement we have rationalized ourself into lukewarmness delayed Assia. We have lowered the standard of piety in the church in our own lives because of that there is no such thing as a little intentional sin Chuck Yeager was flying an F. eighty six Saber that plane right there. He was a test pilot his job was to put it through its paces and he was flying it one day over a lake and his friend lived on the lake he was going to show off so he went real close to the surface of the lake he turned over upside down and he was skimming that lake upside down and not very many people could do that it was pretty impressive. Then the aileron stuck. The aileron stuck I don't know if you know about airplanes but the ailerons would let you come back. Tell you flip back over again you can't do that in Iran so it's stuck he was just a few feet from the water what could he do. Well he didn't panic that's why he's still alive after being a test pilot so long he didn't panic he let go the G. force a little bit pulled up the stick a little bit and. It unlocked and he flipped over and went up to altitude real quick as he was freaked out about that but he is a test pilot he is job is to find these problems and to report them back to the engineers who will look them over so he decided to do this test again so this time he did it twenty thousand feet he was going to be up there just I'm going to go skimming the lake this time he flipped over to this. Same kind of a roll maneuver and the aileron locked again so now he has some data he could take back to the people back to base so he told him about what had happened and they got their engineers together says what could cause this aileron lock when you have these G. forces like this and they narrowed it down to a single bolt a single bolt that was interfering with the aileron cable and they went to the to the factory where this airplane was made and they found the guy who put that bolt into the airplane that was his job. Only one guy did this. And they watched him put the ball into the airplane and they said that's upside down you know the manual says you need to have them up this way and the guy said Yeah I know what the manual says but that's all hogwash I know how a boat goes in a boat got to go with the head down not the head up doesn't make any sense I know how boats go in. Nobody ever told him how many people he'd killed because several pilots had died from that airplane because of that issue because he decided that he knew the best way to put that little tiny bolt in. My friends is the same way of the Christian life we cannot give the devil the least little bit. Not one little crack for him to slither through there is no such thing as a little sin. The Bible says lay aside every incumbrance and the sin which so easily in tangles us. Little things do matter we my friends are by nature attracted to chosen sin that's the bad news but we have to do whatever it takes and God is going to help us with this to keep all those little chinks closed every act of life however small has its bearing for good or for evil it is little things that do what. Test the character it's little things that test the character do you know how God changes our character he does it by testing it. If you want your character to grow you're going to have to give him the little things. Every act of life however small has its bearing for good or for evil it is the little things that test our character the commission of a known sin silences the witnessing voice of the spirit and separates the soul from God My friends are no such things a little sin little sins will destroy us so that's the fourth thing we should know the fifth thing that we should know about intentional sins is that God could give us a consistent victory over intentional sins my friends this blew me away when I learned this really God is promising. Continual victory over intentional sin. Now that sounds impossible doesn't it. And it is this is a supernatural work that God does in our lives this is the work of His Holy Spirit giving us continual victory over intentional sins. The Bible says submit therefore to God resist the devil and he will sometimes flee from you. He will for you from you resist the devil but you have to remember one thing before you resist the devil you got to do what. Submit right submit therefore to God If you are submitted to God if you're consecrated holy to you if you've given him all your choices then you can resist the devil and the devil will flee from you for most of my life I shared this with you before for most of my life I would try to resist to the devil and the devil just laughed in my face and kept pounding away on me until I got through I remember thinking why do i even try what was wrong what was I missing I was missing the submission you can't have the devil playing without the Submit part it's so critically important God promises us consistent victory over intentional sin I love this statement right here feeling the terrible power of temptation the drawing of desire that leads to indulgence many a man cries in despair I cannot resist evil to. Him that He can that he must resist he may have been overcome all over again and again but it need not be a whole wheeze thus he is weakened moral power controlled by the habits of a life of sin his promises resolutions are like ropes of sand that sound like my life most of my life my resolutions man I made a seven hundred resolution by Sabbath evening and my resolution was gone is like ropes of sand she goes on the knowledge of his broken promises and forfeited pledges weakens his confidence in his own sincerity and causes him to feel that God cannot accept him or work with his efforts but he need not despair this is an incredible statement those who put their trust in Christ are not to be enslaved by any hereditary or cultivated habit or tendency. You cannot get more clear than that. Those who put their trust in Christ this is talking about surrender this is talk about whole hearted consecration to God Those who put their trust in Christ are not to be enslaved by any hereditary or cultivated habit or tendency my friends I don't know about you but that is great news we don't have to be slaves to sin. Like Peter said we can have our flesh crucified in Christ so the longer we who lives and we can be free from that sin that self. Do not think she goes on that God will work a miracle to save those weak souls who cherish evil who practice sin or that some supernatural element will be brought into their lives lifting them out of self into a higher Speer where will be comparatively easy work without any special effort any special fighting without any crucifixion of self because all who dally on Satan's ground for this to be done will perish with the evil doers. My friends many people think that it's normal for a Christian to sin intentionally. Even if you had asked me for most of my life I thought I was a better than average Christian and yeah I was intentionally sinning I thought it was normal I knew that was a bad choice I did it anyway just a little thing besides God isn't finished with me yet and for the first forty years of my life I was a slave to the devil because I did not understand the power of whole hearted consecration to Jesus. Of submitting myself fully to him I once had a friend who posted on Facebook that falling is not failing and she told about how she had just fallen again and she always falls she keeps falling but she prays God for picking her up out of the mud. And that was a wonderful story you know because God does take us out of the mud doesn't mean no matter how often we fall or how low we fall or how intentionally or unintentionally we sin God does forgive us and he does pick us up out of the mud. My friends in the Christian life in the fully submitted life falling is failing. Because falling is not God's plan it's not God's will it's not the norm for a whole surrender Christian. Falling is normal for a baby. But if your baby kept on falling. After they got to be five and then six and then seven would you start to get a little worried something's wrong with my baby. They're still falling it's OK we're learning to walk yes we expect that we smile but they're still falling when they get older we start to be concerned and the same way with us in the Christian life my friends instead of spending all of our time praising God for picking us up out of the mud shouldn't we be spending that time praising God for keeping us out of the mud in the first place that's what God wants to do that's what God promises to do that's what the surrendered life is all about God keeping us out of the mud he can do that by his supernatural power working in us so does a Christian sin we're back to our original question we thought it was an easy answer now we found it a little bit harder we also realize that in answering this question does a Christian sin our question was for. The mentally flawed we cannot ask just one question we have to ask two questions we have to ask does a fully surrendered Christ focused Christian commit unintentional sin. Yes absolutely. The Sama says if you launch a marketing Lord who could stand right and Solomon says there's no one who doesn't sin right yes absolutely voice rendered Christ focused Christians do commit unintentional sin the Bible's clear on that the second question we should be asking is does a fully surrendered Christ focused Christian commit intentional sin and the answer is No no one who abides in him sins no one who sins has seen him or knows him if we are committing intentional sin things that we that we know are wrong then we are walking out of surrender we are no longer abiding with Christ in the center of his will. That is not what it means to abide in Jesus. So we've answered that seemingly easy question and now that seemingly hard question how does a Christian soon all of a sudden becomes a lot easier a Christian sins. In two ways unintentionally. Less and less as God sanctifies us right we all sin unintentionally we make mistakes we have shortcomings we have character flaws but God is sanctifying us he's reducing the amount of sin that we're doing the mistakes in the character flaws he's sanctifying us praise the Lord for that so how does the sin how does a Christian sin intentionally The answer is. Rarely. It is possible for a truly surrendered Christian to walk out of surrender. And I share with my my testimony with you last week about that doing that exact thing it is possible for a true surrendered Christian to walk out of that surrender relationship but true surrender does not give itself up easily true surrender is not one of those kind of things that you walk into a Sabbath morning walk out on Sabbath night that's not. Surrender true surrender is hard fought hard won and it sticks it's a settled commitment you don't often or easily walk out of surrender it's rare. It happen to a lodger. I mean Alija like to call fire down from heaven who stopped the rain for three and a half years by his prayers. Ran from just a Bell wanted to die in the desert Yes he had a surrender melt down Moses when he struck the rock Well this is the meek one who always followed God in whose face glowed because he was in the presence of God so much Moses had to surrender melt down and he struck the rock. And in both of those stories the consecration the consequences for their surrender meltdown was serious Alija lost his ministry he was told to go get a life and train him up as his successor at that point. Moses lost the Promised Land because that's are under melt down surrender meltdowns are not gods I desire they're not the norm they don't have to happen and if they do happen they're rare crisis our personal Savior and if we are His disciples our wrongdoing will what. Cease unrighteousness will come to an end to everyone who surrenders fully to God is given the privilege of living without sin in obedience to the law of heaven. And now I'm going to share with you my favorite quote I think from Illinois I think this is my favorite of all I love what she has to say and so many topics but this to me is incredible I love this thought. When the soul surrenders itself to Christ a new power takes possession of the new heart a change is wrought which man can never accomplish for himself it is a what. Supernatural work bringing a supernatural element into human nature. The Soul that is yielded to Christ becomes his own fortress I love that God which he holds in revolt of the world and he intends that no authority shall be known in it but his own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is him pregnant bolted the assaults of Satan. We are his own fortress the soul kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to do so also Satan but she goes on unless we do yield ourselves to the control of Christ we shall be dominated by the wicked one. That's just the way it is so i'm It therefore to God resist the devil he will see from you but if you don't submit the devil's not going to flee you are going to be dominated by the wicked one. My friends I hope that this this discussion about the different types of sin has been helpful I hope that we now have a better picture of what the Christian life looks like in terms of sin for a long time I didn't understand this I was committing known intentional sins and thought it was normal and my life showed it my life was a wreck spiritually even though I considered myself to be a better than average Christian I was spiritually impoverished slave to the devil and then God got a hold of me through some very. Traumatic and. Difficult means he got a hold of me. And then he started teaching me about the Christian life and one of the things one of the one of the most important things I believe he taught me was this what does it look like for a Christian to walk with Jesus in terms of sin and sinning my friends we are all sinners we all stand in the need of grace but just because we are sinners does not mean we have to go on sinning. Does that make sense. Just because we are sinners does not mean we have to go on God is promising us sinners His Holy Spirit to come live and well in us and to give us victory supernatural victory over intentional sins in our lives that fantastic news and and understanding that has transformed my Christian experience that one thing so I hope that that. Let's pray. Heavenly Father thank you so much for the promise of victory over intentional sin thank you so much father for the supernatural element that you put into our lives the Holy Spirit who is living and holy. And who is helping us father to both and to do. 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