Improving Our Spiritual Understanding
Theme: Please, Sin No More!
“Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee”(John 5:14).
We bless God for guiding us towards the end of the month of new beginning. Let’s bless His Holy Name.
Beloved, if you truly want to enjoy your Christian life, you have to draw a battle line against sin. I recall attending spiritual programs at the RCCG camp, Nigeria, a few years ago, and a man of God while talking of sin said: “Sin has has the capacity to retain you at the same level”. I couldn’t agree with him less. If you do not deal with sin in your life, sin will deal with you.
In our memory verse, JESUS later met the man who was impotent for 38 years, which He restored (John 5:5-9), and appealed to the man to stop sinning, having been made whole or worse thing would happen to him.
Sin is basically unrighteousness. Unfortunately, many children of God in the Church, often toy with sin. Many are not bothered about lying, cheating, deceiving and manipulating others. Some people even call such manipulation ‘wisdom’. Believe me, sin is very dangerous. One of the best definitions of sin, I often like to refer to is the one given by Saint James:
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” ( James 4:17).
Brother James is telling us here that sin has to do with knowledge. Doing good to ourselves and others, starts with our thoughts not just actions.
What are your thoughts towards yourself and others? How lively are the words you speak to others? The words of God are Word of Life(1John 1:1), meaning that the words of Satan(doubt, fear, unbelief) are words of death. No wonder the same Saint James says a perfect person is the one who makes no mistakes with his tongue: “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body” (James 3:2).
JESUS, our role model was anointed to go out and do good ( Acts 10:38). There was no trace of evil, manipulation or wickedness in Him. Truly, only in righteousness are we established (Isaiah 54:14). Nothing can harm us if we use our anointing for goodness (1Peter 3:13).
Actually, the depth of our anointing is dependent on our commitment to love righteousness and hate sin:
“Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows” (Hebrews 1:9).
Go out and do good to others. Go out and show love to others. Love covers multitude of sins (1Peter 4:8).
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” ( Matthew 5:48).
To grow spiritually entails daily meditating in the word of God( Joshua 1:8).
Have a blessed and fruitful week in Jesus name. Amen.
Prayer: There is someone reading this message, receive the grace to win the battle against SIN in Jesus name. Amen.
Yours in the Vineyard of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Ben Bassey, Iyobosa, Esther & the Beloved MOW family.
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