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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Your Sin Is No Match For The Power of God

"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV

There are going to be two groups of people who will be especially affected by these verses. One group will be those who are struggling with same-sex attraction, and who want to change. The other group is made up of people who don't want to have anything to do with God, and will probably think I am a bully for sharing these verses.

The first group actually has hope. Whether we have same-sex attractions or not, we all have our share of sinful tendencies that we struggle with. That is why we need a Savior.

Many think of a Savior as someone who just takes away our sins so we can go to heaven. While it is true that Jesus died to pay for our sins, so we could be forgiven and cleansed from sin, and be made ready for heaven, there is so much more depth to this. 

When Jesus died, the Powers of Darkness were disarmed. Satan tempted Eve to sin in the Garden, and she fell for the temptation. Adam joined her and he knew better. After that, a death sentence was pronounced on mankind. Every person born since that time has been born in sin, and has a sinful, selfish nature that can only be cured by the blood of Jesus Christ.

The second group of people who will see these verses and be angry with them, will not appreciate the hope that is given in the Gospel message. Many in this group are perverted, which simply means that, because of their rejection of God, God has turned them over to their wicked desires. They see things that are good, and from God, as 'evil', and things that are evil that God will eventually destroy, they see as 'good'.

Many of these people actually profess to believe in God. I think many of them are in our churches today as well. In reality, they don't believe in the God of the Bible. They have made up a 'god' that they worship, which is a god that is ok with their living in sin. These are the people who fight the hardest against truth when it is presented. 

If those who are in the first group listed here actually hear the Gospel message, and rightly understand it, they receive hope. The second group doesn't want hope. They will continue in their sin and living in their world of lies. 

God can save anyone no matter what kind of sin struggle they have. Their sin is no match for the power of God. 

But God also says that His Spirit will not always strive with men. In the book of Revelation, God gave Jezebel 'space to repent', but she never did repent. 

To those who do repent, and place their faith in Jesus Christ, God gives them a new heart. It is a heart that wants to do good. Not a heart that does good because it has to. There is a desire for Godliness in the new heart God gives.

God also gives the power to resist sin and to work through sin issues. He gives us the power to say 'no' to sin. He also gives us the power to say 'yes' to righteousness. 

Another thing God gives us is new eyes to see with. When we read the Bible, it makes sense to those who have turned to God in repentance and faith. A new understanding is there. We can also see into the spiritual realm and operate using the spiritual weapons God gives us to overcome sin and the Enemy of our souls.

Maybe you aren't a practicing homosexual, but perhaps you struggle with stealing or being greedy. God can change your heart and give you a new meaning in life. No one has to stay in bondage to greediness or stealing. No one has to stay in bondage to the world of lies we live in today. We can love the truth and be set from from deception and lies. 

The traits in the verses above show what those Corinthians were like before their conversion. But now they were washed clean because of the blood of Jesus Christ. Their sins were cleansed and they now had new hearts.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;  that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation2 Corinthians 5:17-19 ESV
Yes, your sin is ugly and evil, but it is no match for the power of God. Turn to Him now in repentance and faith, and trust in what Jesus Christ did on the Cross for your sins. 

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