Worship Service 8.2.2020
Join with us in worshiping our Savior King!
Cornerstone - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvLxZEU02uI
Savior King - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljxi1_Eo48w
I will rise (Chris Tomlinson) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa8w7mGug0c
10,000 reasons / Bless the Lord - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E
I surrender - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7jXASBWwwI
Why do I sin (Part 1)?
August 2, 2020
Oh no! Not again! I felt ashamed! I had been trying so hard to conquer this sin, but I had tumbled again! It seemed the harder I tried, the more I failed!
I just didn't understand. I had surrendered my life to Jesus. Yet I kept messing up. I felt worse than worthless, I must be such a disappointment to God. My life seemed to be a never ending cycle of doing the wrong thing, feeling terrible, saying I was sorry, and trying again.
Why is it that we as Christians, keep on sinning?
Surely if I surrendered my life to Jesus, my life would be pure and holy? Doesn't 1 John 3:9 tell us that as a Chritian, I cannot sin? "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." Does this mean I am not a Christian?
Today we are going to take a brief look at the subject of the origin of sin.
Where did sin come from? Adam and Eve were created perfect. They were as innocent as a new born baby. There was no sin in the garden of Eden. God created man and woman and looked back and said, "That's good! In fact, that's very good!" (Genesis 1:26, 31). God was close to Adam, talked with him and all was well.
Until the day Satan, in the guise of a snake, slithered into the garden, and lied to Eve. Eve fell for the deception, Adam caved in, and sin entered the world (Romans 5:12).
A FALLEN NATURE
From that time forward, mankind has had a fallen nature. Theologically, this is the doctrine of the Depravity of Man.
Because man has this sinful nature, he is incapable of being pure and sinless. We have all sinned (Romans 3:23). Ugh! In fact, our fallen nature hates God! It hates God, and loves sin (Romans 8:7). Sin leads to death (Roman's 6:23). Consequently, this fallen nature is spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1, Colossians 2:13).
THE CURE FOR SIN
These events though, did not take God by surprise. Even before the creation (Revelation 13:8), it had been foreordained that God in the form of Jesus would pay the price for sin, so our sins could be forgiven. He sent Jesus to become human like us (John 3:16-17), to die in our place, so the penalty for our sins could be paid.
When a person turns to God in repentance, and asks for forgiveness, God responds, and blots out their sin (1 John 1:9). Their sins are forgiven. This is the state of the Christian.
We call this saving grace, because even the desire to repent is initiated by God (Roman's 2:4). God gives us forgiveness as a sovereign gift. We may try to be obedient, but even if I lived a sinless day today, that would not remove yesterday's sin. Forgiveness is a free gift from God. It is grace (Romans 5:15). We earned guilt by sinning, we receive forgiveness as an undeserved gift.
So, as a Christian, we have been forgiven. We live in a state of grace.
This is why 1 John 3:9 tells us we cannot sin. When we surrendered to Jesus, we entered this state of grace. We no longer desire to live a life of sin. Our desire now is to be pleasing to God, instead of hating anything to do with him. In that sense, we cannot sin, we no longer live in a state of sin.
"Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin." (Romans 4:8). It is not our personal righteousness or purity. Instead, God imputes the righteousness of Jesus, to us.
This does not mean that we do not sin. When we do sin, we repent, ask for forgiveness and get back up again. "For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief." (Proverbs 24:16).
Next time we will look at what actually happens when we become a Christian! There is a huge change that happens! Understanding this, will make all the difference in how we see our Christian journey!
Have a blessed day!