Thursday, 27 February 2014

THE ISSUE OF SIN

Every human loves pleasures be it godly or godly.But for believers in Christ Jesus,we have to discipline ourselves to resist all urge for ungodly pleasures.

Apostle Paul declared in Colossians 3:1-5,


"IF YE THEN BE RISEN WITH CHRIST,SEEK THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ABOVE...SET YOUR AFFECTION ON THINGS ABOVE,NOT ON THINGS ON THE EARTH.FOR YE ARE DEAD,AND YOUR LIFE IS HID WITH CHRIST IN GOD...MORTIFY THEREFORE YOUR MEMBERS WHICH ARE UPON THE EARTH;FORNICATION,UNCLEANNESS,INORDINATE AFFECTION ..."


Hmmm!Was this man spewing rubbish?Nope!!


He said our body members are FORNICATION,UNCLEANNESS,INORDINATE AFFECTION etc.


These are serious issues.They are in our flesh.They are our members(desires).


WHO DOESN'T DESIRE TO HAVE UNLIMITED FUN?


WHO DOESN'T DESIRE A FREE LIFE TO DO WHATEVER PLEASES THE FLESH?


WHO DOESN'T DESIRE TO HAVE MAXIMUM SEXUAL SATISFACTION OUTSIDE THE WILL OF GOD?


We are humans after all and have these weakness be it big or small.Some might shy away from it.But many are struggling with one kind of weakness or the other.


Do I face temptation?Sure I do more than many.I remember a beautiful lady who came to offer me free sex in my office and no one was there.I could have done it and just apply the blood of Jesus to cover up.But I just use wisdom to talk her out of her momentarily insanity.


But Paul told us what to do with these ugly headed members.He said,


"MORTIFY THEREFORE YOUR MEMBERS.."


MORTIFY means to kill,paralyze,deaden,render ineffective etc.That is what you do to these evil members in our bodies.You render them impotent.


Some believe in sanctification as REMOVAL OF ADAMIC NATURE FROM MAN WHEREBY A MAN BECOMES SINLESS.


I believed such in those days also.But I started challenging those believes when I see my leaders getting angry and showing some nasty behaviours.Also, when I started seeing my mind entertaining lustful thoughts.I asked myself then even though I was three years in the Lord,IF THIS ADAMIC NATURE HAD BEEN REMOVED WHERE DID THESE ONES COME FROM?


I have to go back to the Bible to study hard.


I then discovered I need to heed Romans 12:1-2,


"I BESEECH YOU THEREFORE,BRETHREN BY THE MERCIES OF GOD,THAT YE PRESENT YOUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE,HOLY ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD,WHICH IS YOUR REASONABLE SERVICE.AND BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD:BUT BE YE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND,THAT YE MAY PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD,AND ACCEPTABLE,AND PERFECT WILL OF GOD"


I then understood I had a lot of work to do by renewing and transforming my mind with The Word of God and godly materials.As a three years old in Christ,I took my Bible serious and invested money in buying books that will help me mortify the members.The following books really helped me then.


PIGS IN THE PARLOUR


HOW TO DEFEAT DEMONS by Ralph Mahoney


WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND


SEDUCTION EXPOSED by Gareth or so


PREPARE FOR WAR by Rebekah Brown MD


OCCULT GRANDMASTER NOW IN CHRIST by Nathan Iyke Uzorma


WHY REVIVAL TARRIES by A.W Tozer


BORN TWICE by Kalu Abosi


Books by Oswald J. Smith


Books by Kurt Koch


Books by Heaven U. Heaven


Through the Bible and these books,I was able to mortify those members.Do I slip atimes?Yes.With time I mastered the ARTS OF CONTROLLING THE MIND.


Your body is not born again.Your spirit is.You must learn to padlock those desires by strong discipline and keeping in mind the consequence of such acts.There are many who truly love God but are entangled in the cobweb of sin.Your love lacks knowledge and discipline.Let's hear from the great apostle again,


"BUT I KEEP UNDER MY BODY,AND BRING IT INTO SUBJECTION:LEST THAT BY ANY MEANS,WHEN I HAVE PREACHED TO OTHERS,I MYSELF SHOULD BE A CAST AWAY" 1Cor.9:27


Are you greater than him?The war against sin is a daily exercise.You must subject fleshy desires to God's Word.God says you can't,then you shouldn't.


Did Jesus the perfect Master struggled against sin?Yes,He did.But He knew the consequence of falling into such.


"FOR WE HAVE NOT AN HIGH PRIEST WHICH CANNOT BE TOUCHED WITH THE FEELING OF OUR INFIRMITIES:BUT WAS IN ALL POINTS TEMPTED LIKE AS WE ARE,YET WITHOUT SIN" Heb.4:15


He stood His ground against sin.We must to.For every sin,there is a consequence.REPENTANCE DOES NOT COUNCIL THE CONSEQUENCE OF SIN.Be careful.


You can overcome sin as He did.He has given us the power which must be used with complete discipline.


"FOR SIN SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER YOU..."Rom.6:14


Run away from sin.Fill your mind with godly things.Avoid sensual and sexual things.Consecrate yourself unto God.Put this in mind.NO SINNER WILL INHERIT GOD'S KINGDOM,NO MATTER HOW SMALL THAT SIN MAY BE.


Jesus still remains,


THE CHIEF SUPREME COMMANDER OF THE UNIVERSE.


  • Erica Davis Apostle, repentance does not council the consequence of sin. Well said. My question is that many Christians repent and ask for forgiveness and take it for granted and are complacent about it. So now if a person sins then ask forgiveness and repents, then he is clear of that sin. Please explain this.

  • Obazuaye Francis Galatians 6:7 says,

    "BE NOT DECEIVED;GOD IS NOT MOCKED:FOR WHATSOEVER A MAN SOWETH,THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP"


    There is always a consequence for every evil action.God's forgiveness removes the judgement or God's wrath on a man.But it will never remove the consequence of such an act.

    There is a natural law and there is a spiritual law.In the physical,you can plant a maize then decide to uproot it if you don't like it.The same way many try to cover up their iniquities.

    It's a different ball game when it comes to the spiritual.Our activities are influenced by the supernatural.God and His angels on one side and satan and his demons on one said.

    There is what we call the absolute righteousness of God which does not permit God to violate spiritual laws.When satan told God about Job's stand for Him,the devil told Him to remove His protection on Job so that he can attack Job for him to offend God.

    satan was after the consequence of Job's sins but God knew Job will not sin.

    "IN ALL THIS JOB SINNED NOT,NOR CHARGED GOD FOOLISHLY"

    So when we sin and repent,there is a punishment for every sin committed.Different sins have different punishment.While many don't feel the full impact of the consequence is due to God's mercy.

    But when we sin,we give the devil a foothold in our lives.he and his fiends are out to complicate the lives of believers.There are actions many took years ago that have accumulated and it's now disturbing their lives.

    For those who live a carefree sinful repenting lifestyle,they are only endangering their spiritual joy and divine destiny and also their eternal abode in heaven.

    David would had built a house unto the Lord but was told blood was in his hand-consequence of sin.

    When he slept with Uriah's wife and killed the man.When the prophet accused him,he repented but himself and family faced the consequence.

    Apostle Paul was busy killing Christians.He repented.God forgave him.But are you aware he suffered more than the other apostles?-consequence of sin.

    There are sins one commit that will eventually disqualifies one from achieving God's full purpose for one's life.Bible characters like Esau,king Saul and Samson come to mind.

    Let all believers sit tight and take this issue serious.This is just a surface explanation,the deep spiritual angle is much more complicated than this.Hope I have answered your question a little.

    This is not a popular teaching but this a spiritual fact.People can believe lies about sinning and confessing.They can abuse grace as they like but they can never cancel the consequence of sin.

  • Erica Davis Wow! So beautifully illustrated. Apostle you need to put this on your blog. This is so powerful and cannot be taken lightly. For a long time this question was on my mind, Christians so carelessly say that you can repent and there is forgiveness, so fearless people have become. Thank you Dear Man of God. Please put this up on blog and FB page. Guess the world should not take sin lightly.

  • Obazuaye Francis My dear sister,ignorance is what is making people especially believers to take sin lightly.If God chased Adam and Eve out of the garden due to sin,why do we think many have missed their places in God's kingdom?

    I like your questions.Many don't ask questions that is why they don't know much.Bless you sister.
  • Erica Davis Please post on your main page. Whatever you have written should not be missed. One last Question what about Jesus?


    Obazuaye Francis:What about Jesus,I don't understand your question please?
     
  • Erica Davis You said God drove Adam and Eve for their sins, God sent Jesus to forgive people's sin. But we are talking of the consequences of sin which we cannot escape.
     
    Obazuaye Francis If you read the account of Genesis 3,you will discover that God forgave Adam and Eve their sins by killing an animal and covering their nakedness with it's skin.

    That is a typology of the sacrifice of Christ in the future via the shedding of blood.God
    shedded the blood of that animal probably a lamb.Yes,He covered their shame but that did not stopped Him from sending them out of the garden.

    As per Christ,He came to forgive and wash our sins away.To save us from eternal doom if we avoid the sinful lifestyle that has grevious consequences.

    What happens when a young Christian lady gets into fornication and gets pregnant?

    Does repentance removes the pregnancy?That is the consequence.

    What about the soul tie she has made through such?

    What about if she contacts HIV or AIDs?

    What about the demons she has opened up herself to?

    What about the sorrow and regrets she will be experiencing?

    What about the public shame or stigma she will receive?

    Do repentance and forgiveness remove all these?

    This is a serious issue.While Jesus came to forgive and wash away sins,let's remember the Words of Apostle Paul in Romans 6:1,

    "SHALL WE CONTINUE TO SIN THAT GRACE MAY ABOUND"

    What happens to a believer who dies in the act of sin?

    Do we remember the warning of Jesus in Revelation,

    "LET NO MAN TAKE THY CROWN"

    forgiveness yes.Consequence must be faced.

    WE HAVE EVERY POWER OVER OUR DECISIONS BUT WE DON'T HAVE POWER OVER THERE CONSEQUENCES.

    God help Christians to take God and His Word serious.
     
  • Erica Davis Boy! O Boy! Man of God you covered it all, no one has ever brought this out in such a profound way! Please add this to your blog too, now I am at peace and you have answered all our questions. Like you said Christians are taught about forgiveness but no one has ever bothered talk about consequences of sin. God Bless you Apostle.