I HAVE COME IN ORDER THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE LIFE — LIFE IN ALL ITS FULLNESS. ST.JOHN 10:10W hen we think of the word “Change“ it simply means to make or become different, a variation in routine, to put on fresh clothing or coverings etc. I want you to focus with me today in your minds as we think on the word “change”. This is something we do on a daily basis, at different times and in different situations. For example, if we should be planing to travel to one of our favourite places for holidays and during the heights of our planning it came to our attention that traveling to such a place at that time would be dangerous, as a deadly disease is spreading through the land, a disease that is taking the lives of many.
JESUS CHANGES LIVES. HE CAN CHANGE YOURS TOO!
My contact with you today is to inform you that “SIN” is not only a so-called evil among us, but that it is the most dangerous, subtle and chronic disease ever known in the history of mankind, which distroys not only our moral standing or prestige in society, which cause us to fail and to live below our standards and personal ambitions, but aims to destroy; “The Real us”, “Our Soul”. Yes, the major goal of this disease is not only to distroy or to separate us from the love of God. The love that caused God to send His only son to die in our place, but most of all it wants to deprive us from the very presence of God and the Hope of eternal life, Heaven! If we are affected by something, then we want to know at least what it is.
WHAT IS SIN?
In the first line you must understrand that SIN IS THE DIESEASE OF THE SOUL according to Isaiah 1: 2-6. I will quote:
your whole head is injured, Your whole heart is afflicted. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head. Isaiah 1:5b-6
Main thoughts of observation, however, according to Isaiah 1: 6 is that spiritually speaking, humanity finds himself born into this world in a state of helplessness and in an unclean condition.
- Our whole head is injured speaking about our minds: Wrong thoughts
- Our whole heart is afflicted speaking of the emotion: Wrong emotions
- The sole of our feet symbol of the Will to act: Wrong actions
God said, there is no soundness in us. We are spiritually sick filled with only wounds and bruises and open sores, that are not cleansed or bandaged, nor soothed with oil. It must also be clear of where sin starts. This disease or sin, starts in our thoughts, spreads to our feelings then to our actions. Here it is clear that we are not only born in sin but that we have also commit sins ourselves, adding to it. Sin mixing with sins produced by us is what God named iniquity.
Many people in our society try very hard to live good moral lives, not realizing that they are sinners in spite of their moral lives. Why? Because they do not know what sin is. There is also another group of people who do not realize the danger they are living in, and so they do not find it necessary to turn to the Saviour or even the need to be saved. Not all of us commit the same kinds of sins, as Jesus discribed the symbols of this disease, but are none the less sinners.
For from the inside, from a person’s heart, come the evil ideas which lead him to do immoral things, to rob, kill, commit adultery, be greedy, and do all sorts of evil things; deceit, indecency, jealousy, slander, pride, and folly — all these evil things come from inside a person and make him unclean. Mark 7: 21-23
We are all born in sin. In other words we are all born with this disease called sin. King David in his time recognized his condition and admitted it as he cried out to God and said…
I recognize my faults; I am always conscious of my sins. I have sinned against you – only against you — and done what you consider evil. So you are right in judging me; you are justified in condemning me. I have been evil from the time I was born; from the day of my birth I have been sinful. Psalm 51: 3-5
The good news today in all of this is that, we do not have to remain in our sinful, fallen or depraved condition. God has provided the remedy for this disease: The precious blood of His son Jesus Christ was shed for this very reason. There is nothing and no one else through which we can be saved or be heald, except through the precious name of Jesus and his rich red blood, shed on the cross for us. It is true that we are all born with this disease, “sin” and are now living in it, regardless of who we are on this globe. King David cried out to God to change him, as he saw his helplessness to change. He said:
Remove my sin, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Create a pure heart in me, O God, and put a new and loyal spirit in me. Psalm 51: 7,10
Thanks be to God we do not have to die in our tresspasses and sins. Jesus is our answer!
Like David we have our part to play… “We must first desire to change”. Sincerity and truth are what God requires. He will not reject a humble and repentant heart. You just need to ask Him for that change in your life.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have no sin, we decieve ourselves and His word is not in us. 1 John 1: 9-10
I can assure you today that God is willing to forgive you of all your sins as He wants so much to save you.
I do not enjoy seeing a sinner die, I would rather see him stop sinning and live. Ezekiel 33: 11
If you hear God’s voice today, do not be stubborn. Heb. 4:7
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