Agreeing with God about your sin
by Gini Crawford, MSW
There is a dangerous trend in America, even in some churches! This trend is to not mention the word “sin.” You would think it was a cuss word how some people react to this word. This is because, heaven forbid, we might make someone feel uncomfortable. As the saying goes, “If we are worried about making someone feel uncomfortable about their sin problem, what we are doing is making that person feel comfortable about their journey to hell.”
This devotion is aimed at Christians who have the best fire insurance policy in the universe, the shed blood of Jesus Christ. So I am not saying if a Christian sins they are going to hell. What I am saying, and emphasizing in this devotion, is how important it is to let God deal with our sins and not whitewash them, by not agreeing with Him about them.
As Christians, it is vital we don’t make sin a forbidden subject. This is because the problem is not sin itself but resisting the Holy Spirit’s voice in regard to our sin. This statement is true because, as Christians, our sins are fully paid for and forgiven through Jesus Christ. He has truly paid the penalty for all our sin!
When the Holy Spirit’s is trying to convince us of a sin and we are resisting His voice, what we are doing is, not agreeing with God about sin! (Agreeing with God is what the word “confession” means.) So in actuality when we are not acknowledging the sin in our lives, we are allowing the cancer of sin to destroy a healthy relationship with God, who, let me remind you, loves you and died for those sins you won’t let Him deal with.
You might be wondering, what does agreeing with God about your sins mean? It means you are yielding to God’s will, wanting what He wants, and listening to His Spirit. You are also saying to God, “I love You,” because agreeing with God, of course, makes you close to Him again. Think about confession this way, confessing your sins is the grandest and easiest way God could give you to be so quickly close to Him again!
When we think of confessing our sins most of us think of the verse, 1 John 1:9. Let’s read 1 John 1:5-10 to put the verse in context.
Now the message that we have heard from his Son and announce is this: God is light, and there is no darkness at all in him. If, then, we say that we have fellowship with him, yet at the same time live in the darkness, we are lying both in our words and in our actions. But if we live in the light---just as he is in the light---then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and there is no truth in us. But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing. If we say that we have not sinned, we make a liar out of God, and his word is not in us. GNT
What is the Apostle John saying in 1 John 1:5-10? He is reminding us - God’s very nature is holy and can have nothing to do with sin. So He naturally exposes it and reveals it, just like a light reveals something in darkness. Darkness in this passage means the opposite of light, which is sin. If we are in fellowship with God (our light), He can’t help but show us sin. God’s truth, or His Word, is like a light for us (Psalm 119:9 & 105). It can reveal our sins if we are open and responsive to God’s leading through it.
Our responsibility from this passage is to live in the light of God. This will put us in fellowship with Him so we will want to agree with Him about our sin. If we tell Him we have no sin - we are living in darkness and deceiving ourselves; we aren’t living by His Word; and we are calling Him a liar. And if those things aren’t bad enough, we aren’t in fellowship with God. In other words, when you don’t agree with Him about your sin, you are turning His light off and walking away from Him. I think you can plainly see that not agreeing with God about your sin is harmful and absurd.
I do believe it is so important to treat sin as something to be feared! Here is a gruesome but true illustration. Many years ago, when we lived in Southern California, there was a serial killer called “the Night Stalker”. This killer would break into a home about once a week. He seemed to gravitate towards yellow homes and would break into the home through a window. He would torture and kill his victim or victims. He tended to write and draw eerier Satanic stuff on the wall near his victim. (Was he led by demons? Anyone that does what he did, I would most definitely say, “Yes!”) As you can imagine everyone was paranoid and kept their windows shut and locked no matter how hot it got, even during the day. I remember even though we were fairly far from his murderous territory, we were very careful to make sure our house was locked up even during the day. This was because who knows what a man like that would do next.
Nevertheless, we all need to remember sin is a lot more dangerous then a serial killer! This is because when we are sinning we are disobeying God. We are also literally walking away from Him. And if we are truthful with ourselves, sin can have some murderous consequences in our lives and other people around us. Yes, God still loves you and me no matter what we do. However He doesn’t mess around with sin - because He is Holy and sin separates us from Him and He doesn’t want us separated from Him. Sin is also like a serial killer; it comes after us, and is out to kill us by its consequences. (The main consequence of sin is death.)
Let me take a few moments before I end, to remind you of sin’s consequences by looking at God’s Word. Just think of the deathly consequences from Adam and Eve’s one sin in Genesis 3. Remember King David’s short but awful rampage of the sins of adultery and murder in 2 Samuel 11 & 12. The consequences of David’s sins caused great harm to him, his family and the whole nation. How about Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 when they lied to God? (Maybe we would like to forget the consequence of their sin?) Do you recall what Peter’s sin of hypocrisy did in Galatians 2 and how it affected even the strong Christian leaders? Remember what John stated in 1 John 4 about if you don’t love your brother (which is sin) you might not be a Christian. Of course I could go on with my life and each one of yours…sin has consequences. Let’s be as paranoid about protecting ourselves from sin as we would be against a serial killer.
Life Application: Make it a new year’s resolution to daily ask the Holy Spirit to show you the sin that you have in your life. Frankly, the Spirit is constantly pointing out sins in my life, so I need to be listening all the time. If you are wondering what sin is – it is disobeying God. So if you are learning God’s Word, which is His will, you will have a good grasp on what is sin in your life. Be honest with God. He knows everything you are thinking and have done. Don’t let your mind be on auto pilot either. To battle sin in our lives we must be alert to it and face it. You need to have the mindset Paul had in Romans 6:10-13 to keep as much sin as possible out of your life. Mediate on these verses.
For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead (or separated) to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. NASB®
When He shows you a sin don’t fight Him but agree with Him about it. Believe me, I know by experience He will enable you to deal with your sin. Ouch, it can hurt at times because some sins are mightily engrained in us! Yet, just as you would want to get cancer out of your body, you need to get sin out of your life.
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