This is not an easy topic to write about, but especially to elaborate one; but for the sake of helping free each other through Christ, I am writing to the ones who feel they’re strayed too far for God to ever use again. I’m here to tell you: stop thinking that way. Read these verses before we get into the post for today. Yes, ALL 11 of them. Read!
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
1 Peter 1:13-23
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
If you didn’t read the verses above and simply scrolled past them thinking, “Oh, I know what they say,” or even just scanned them, then you won’t get nearly as much value out of this post, because the full impact is already there from the Word of God: you’ve chosen to miss the complete message by not reading it. So go back and read it.
This is a very hard subject to touch on because it deals with failure in your Christian walk: sin. We all do it; don’t deny it. Lying (even to ourselves in thinking we can never be good enough for anything, or will never do anything right, or are a terrible person, etc. etc. etc. and all those other stupid things we believe about ourselves). Hatred. Malice. Bitterness. Lust. Fornication in one’s heart. Thievery. Not forgiving someone. Addiction to drugs, pornography, alcohol. You name it. Sin is sin, and God has a certain standard, Man has a certain standard, and we have our own standards, all of which we’ve broken.
Sin does not become sin simply because Man says so. If that were the case, abortion would be the most amazing thing on the planet; murderers would be given medals and everyone would be rushing to kill someone else to receive a bigger reward for having gotten their 10th kill.
No, sin is sin because God says so and gives us a certain knowledge of truth in our own hearts as to what’s wrong and right. One might see pulling a prank on someone as an absolute joke, while the next guy may see it as deceitful and lying to him to get him to do something he wouldn’t do otherwise. A woman may wear something absolutely provocative and cause a man to lust after her, while another man may not even notice. These things aren’t necessarily address in the Word of God (not from what I’ve found, however; please do enlighten me if I am wrong), but because of both experiences of these people, their responses are different.
However, that was not where I was going with this particular article. I am talking to that person who has openly sinned against God, knowing they did wrong, and yet still did it (or continuing to do it). The person who’s done it so many times, is still a believer, yet feels at such a loss for God and His meaning for them. You feel deserted, abandoned; yet you know you’ve distanced yourself (even knowing you were doing it), but how to get back is unknown. The devil, reveling in his glory in that he’s “got you AGAIN!”, sticks close beside, snickering and waving those sins in front of you, ever reminding you of them. He tells you, “Ah, but you’ve gone too far! God doesn’t love you anymore; you’re doomed, so stay and play with me!” “You’re having SO much fun! Why would you ever want to quit now? The party’s just now started!”
If that’s you, you’re far from alone. I stand right there with you. I’ve felt that way and Satan has deceived me more than I care to admit. It’s a hard thing when your guard is down and he creeps every so “lovingly” in and starts playing with your mind. I’ve truly experienced “the idle mind is the devil’s workshop” concept and it’s not a pretty sight or experience. Sin is ugly; a black hole we often crawl into with the excuses of loneliness, sadness, heartbreak, etc. You know what drove you to it; it’s different for everyone. But God doesn’t just drop you off when you’ve deserted Him — and YOU were the one that deserted Him, not the other way around. Don’t get that confused, because the devil will try to convince you otherwise.
If you truly did go back and read those verses as you were told, you noticed the word “obedience”. What a simplistic, amazingly beautiful word. So easy to follow, right? *chuckle* Ha. Right!
The most beautiful verses that struck me was 22 and 23 of 1 Peter chapter 1: go back and read them before you continue this.
Peter writes that the purification of the soul came by obeying the truth through the Spirit. Dropping down to vs 23, he states we were born again (saved) not of corruptible seed, but if incorruptible, by the word of God. That means that you were not born again into Christ’s death by your work, therefore cannot be separated from Him (lose your salvation) due to your works. This is another whole article to be written, as Hebrews talks about how you can lose your salvation, but for the impact of this article, I’m driving home the fact that if you are under the blood of Christ, while it matters what you do (you’ll give any account of everything), your sin hasn’t driven you so far from God that He doesn’t want to use you anymore.
In my own sin, Satan continually pressed my head down, seemingly trying to drown me. This was after I got saved, not before, mind you. I’m not talking to unbelievers here, but to those who have believed already, but are continually reminded of their sin by Satan. You have the power to unlock those chains you’ve created for yourself in your own mind through Christ, so stop procrastinating and do it already! Please! For your own sake, and the sake of your testimony to Christ.
Psalm 119:9 states that the cleansing of one’s soul does not come through prayer, does not come through “getting over your sin”, but to take heed unto the Word. Have you done that? Have you reminded Satan of your identity in Christ? If you haven’t, I just told you how: by the Word! Your life can bring so much glory to God if you let Him work through you. But you’ve got to come to the conclusion that the only way to get “over” this sin, is by the Word: reading it, believing it, and putting it into practice. You have that power in Him, so USE IT!!
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
There’s a reason that verse is put 2 down from verse 9: Purify your soul by hiding His Word in your heart so you don’t sin against Him. Why do we make this so complicated? I mean, really? Let’s get over ourselves already and believe God.
So there you have it; take it and run with it back to God. Show Satan who’s boss again and stop letting him deceive you. If your friend kept lying to you, you’d have deserted them long ago; stop letting Satan back in! He’s not gonna change.
“Change you mind, change you life.” Remember your thoughts control your emotions. Take control of those thoughts (captive unto Christ: 2 Corinthians 10:5) and boot Satan out.
If you decide you can’t do this alone, let me help. Shoot me an email so I can know of your struggles; no judgement here — I’ve been there myself! We all need to stand together and if you’re afraid to reach for help, you’re once again giving in to those lies of the devil. Don’t do it. Find a friend and share. Don’t hesitate: sin loves darkness.
“…Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.”