Sin Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. What is Sin? To act contrary to the will and law of God - to sin, to engage in wrongdoing, sin (Louw-Nida Lexicon). NIV 1 John 3:4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. Gospel plan of salvation • Believe John 3:16 • Repent Luke 13:3 • Confess Romans 10:10 • Be Baptized Acts 2:38 Acts 22:16 'And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.‘ Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 1 John 1: 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. We must overcome the problem of sin in 2 ways: • By sinning less and less • By knowing what to do when we do sin 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. James 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. First stage is temptation • Desire • Enticement Temptation = Desire + Opportunity Heb. 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Second stage is “sin” itself When desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin Sin = Desire + Opportunity + Action Third stage involves the consequences of unrepented and unforgiven sin, which = “death” James 1:15 “and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” Revelation 21:8 "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.“ Desire + Opportunity + Action + No Forgiveness = Spiritual Death 1. We must change our desires Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Gal 5:24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Psalm 119:9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. 10 With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! 11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You! Prov 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. 2. We need to limit our opportunities Psalms 101: 3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me.4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness 1Cor. 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 3. We have to learn to exercise self-control Matt 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil Matt 26:41“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 1 Cor 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 4. We must obtain forgiveness for our sin 1Jn 2:1 And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins Propitiation is a means whereby sin is covered and remitted 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. How to overcome sin • We need to change our desires to God’s desires by studying His Word • We need to limit our opportunities by avoiding things that tempt us • We need exercise self-control by praying for strength and feeding our conscience with righteous things. • We need to obtain forgiveness for our sins by repenting, praying, and confessing them to God. Sins of omission - Sins which come from failing to do what is right James 4:17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. Overcoming these sins are similar • We change our desires so we want to do what is right • When we have the opportunity to do something right we should do it • We exercise self-control by taking action when we should at the opportune time • We obtain forgiveness for omission of sin the same way 1. We are servants of righteousness Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 2. We can still suffer the consequence of sin Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 3. It leads to sinning willfully, which will cost you your salvation. Heb.10:26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The LORD will judge His people." 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. James 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. • Are you studying your Bible everyday to help you develop the right kind of desires? • Do you watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation? • Do you avoid circumstances and companions that you know will tempt you to sin? • Do you ask God daily to forgive you of your sins and to help you overcome sin in your life?
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