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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Sin Consciousness


I would like to address something that affects many Christians and hinders them from developing a closer relationship with their Heavenly Father. In fact, it is one of the root causes for the lack of power in their lives and in the Church as a whole. I know what I'm talking about because this one thing hindered my own Christian walk for a long time. This thing is SIN CONSCIOUSNESS!

You've probably heard someone say at one time or another, "I'm just an old sinner saved by grace." Well, part of that is true. We are saved by grace. However, when a born-again believer says, "I'm just an old sinner", it is, in reality, an insult and a slap in the face of God and His work of grace. Romans 6:6-7 tell us, "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him (Christ), that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin; For he that is dead is freed from sin." When Jesus died and went to Hell for us He completely and utterly destoyed the power of sin. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, everything He did and obtained for us becomes ours. Therefore, Paul tells us in Romans 5:11, 14. "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. For sin SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER YOU; for ye are not under the law, but under grace" One definition of the word reckon is to 'consider something to be something'. It also means 'to suppose something to be true'. What the Holy Spirit is telling us through Paul's writing is that we are to consider that it is true, we are dead to sin. Since we are dead to sin we should not think of ourselves as unrighteous sinners any longer. We have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Let's look a little further. Psalms 103:12 says, "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." In fact, if you start going east you'll never get to west! Think about it. Now that's far! In Romans 10:17 Paul tells us that as part of the covenant God makes with us, "THEIR SINS AND INIQUITIES WILL I REMEMBER NO MORE." If God, our most Holy and Righteous Father, doesn't even remember our sins when we repent and confess them, then who are we to bring them up again? If we do, we are in essence telling God that we don't believe His Word is true, and that Jesus' sacrifice didn't give us complete victory over sin. That is what the Bible calls blasphemy! There is no way we can ever develop a close, loving relationship with God if we don't trust what His Word says.

If we have a sin consciousness we will never be able to stand before God as His children with confidence and boldness. As a father myself, it hurt me when my children were timid and scared to talk with me or ask me for something because they didn't think they were worthy. How much more does it grieve our Heavenly Father when we think and act the same way.
We have got to come to the place in our Christian walk where we believe, and KNOW, that our sins are forgiven and remembered no more. Hebrews 10:2 states, "That the worshippers (that's us) once purged (from sin) SHOULD HAVE NO MORE CONSCIENCE OF SINS." It doesn't get more plain than that! Once we settle this in our hearts we can do what Hebrews 4:16 says, "Let us therefore COME BOLDLY UNTO THE THRONE OF GRACE, that we may obtain mercy and find grace in our time of need."

One of my favorite chapters in the whole Bible is Romans 8. The first and second verses sum it all up, "There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to them in Christ Jesus, for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus HAS MADE ME FREE from the law of sin and death." Hallelujah!

24 Comments:

Blogger Priscilla said...

This is so true. I see it in my life.... no more condemnation to those who are in Him Christ. Because He is the vine we are the branches.

2:54 AM  
Blogger kswaye said...

read the article, and I am a little confused about what you're saying with "sin conscienceness". Are you stating that after a believer confesses a committed sin, then he/she should have no conscience of it again? Or are you stating that believers who at time do commit sins should have no conscience that that's what they're doing?

5:52 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Before Adam and Eve sinned. They had no consciousness, no awareness of sin. Sin lacked definition. I believe that the Lord, through Christ, wants to restore believers to that innocense. To the pure all things are pure. Because we have been made pure, there is no right and wrong with us - only right. The more we become aware of our rightness, the more we will naturally flow in the rightness of who we are in our behavior. The law will then be written in our hearts and not in our minds yeilding attempt after attempt of failure and mental anguish.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

To clarify the last comment a little more - Adam and Eve sinned by taking of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil - awareness of the two. This is basically what the law does for us - for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

7:42 PM  
Blogger russ said...

kswaye,

When someone accepts Jesus as Lord of their life they become a "new creation", the old man, the sin nature, dies and is replaced by a new nature...righteousness. Righteousness means "right-standing" with God. He no longer sees us as we were, but now He sees us as righteous as Jesus.

Unfortunately, too many people still see themselves as "old sinners" saved by grace...you can't be both. Either you are an old sinner or you are saved by grace.

Christians with a sin consciousness can't see themselves as God sees them....justified, made righteous.... and dwelling on any sins they may have committed in the past or present causes them to be ashamed and afraid of God. They can't come boldly to the Throne of Grace as we are instructed to do.

The Bible tells us that when we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It also tells us that God forgets our sins...and so should we. Only when we see ourselves as God sees us can we then rise up to our rightful place in Christ!

11:56 AM  
Blogger cristina said...

im so Gratful that i was brought to this... its exsactly what i needed and on time!!! Thank you Jesus!!!! i WAS SIN CONSIENCESS!!!! BUT today is a new day..... i am going to come Bodley as never before!!!!! and im not going to put God in a box.. ima put this to practice.... and meditate on this word From up above... continue to Bless the person that wrote this and the person that brought me to theis site.... andd all who read it!!!!! STAY BLESSED

3:07 PM  
Blogger russ said...

Cristina, I thank God, and give Him all the glory, for using what I posted regarding Sin Consciousness to speak to your heart. I am Blessed to know that Truth and Light have been revealed to your soul regarding this subject, as it was something I had to deal with in my own spiritual walk.
FYI... I am no longer posting on this website. I am now posting at http://inspiration4today.wordpress.com/

God Bless and keep praising His Holy Name!

4:32 PM  
Blogger UOAT said...

And this is a disease with many Christians today. They are conscious of sin, and the consciousness of sin is more fatal than sin itself. A righteous man with the consciousness of sin will surely go to hell.
kswaye, it is true that once i confess my sin, i should not think of that again because it does no longer exist - it is forgiven and forgotten by God.Heaven has no record of it any longer - it is now myth. I repent and then doubt if it is forgiven, I have committed an even worse sin. Not only so, it clearly indicates my lack of faith in What God's Word teaches. And without faith, it is impossible to please God.
The commandments were abolished - yes they were, and all ordinances of the law. We have now the law of Faith, faith that works by Love. Anything that is not faith, faith that works by love is sin. You can not walk in love and sin at the same time. (1corinthians 13:4-7)Love removes all fear, and AUTOMATICALLY repels all sin.
I am not a sinner, but once was. Now I am saved by grace, righteous, sanctified, and holy unto God. The sinfull man in me was crucified with Christ, the new sinless man I am.

Pastor Kisa Emmanuel
Grace Ministries Uganda.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Dennis Brown said...

Russ you hit the mark on this. We move from Passover, to Pentecost to Tabernacles in maturity. Christendom is predominantly in Passover and unsure if their sins are forgiven. The teaching in most denominations has protracted infancy and unfortunately, without the revelation of the Holy Spirit, infants can not move beyond the milky teachings of institutional religion to get the meat of the word. Great post, brother!

www.isleofexile.blogspot.com

1:06 PM  
Blogger JGC Distributing said...

I cannot agree with this blog. It does not address the issue that Christians, those who have been washed whiter than snow, do sin. It's a sad fact, but a fact nonetheless. Being aware of that doesn't mean sliding back into sin, it just means that we are aware of things that we need to avoid.

An example. We are told that eating the meat of idols by a man who believes it is NOT a sin, is indeed not a sin. BUT, eating it in front of, and thereby inducing a brother who does feel it's a sin to follow our example, that is a sin. That is a sin committed by Christians who have been cleansed of all previous sin. To not be aware of that fact is not the sign of a mature Christian.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Eric McCamey said...

JGC Distributing, think of it more this way. It's not that we don't know that we sin, but we just need to be more aware of Christ than our sin. Go back to the incident from Numbers 21 that Jesus quoted in John 3 when he said, that he would be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent on the pole. The serpent on the pole represented Jesus on the cross for our sin. He took on our sin that we might be righteous (II Cor 5:21). When the people looked at the serpent on the pole, they were healed of the snake venom. The snake venom is like the stain of sin we are all born into this world with. I heard a guy named Bayless Conley say something pretty funny, but accurate on this point. "Those who focused on their snake bite died!" We have to look unto Jesus the author and finisher or our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Finally, I John 1 talks about walking in the light - being aware that there is the need for a savior that we have sinful behaviors, but we must also be ever aware of the provision of a sacrifice. I John 1: 7 reads "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." So, while we are aware of shortcomings, there is a fountain that is ever cleansing us! I John 2:1 also reads, "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". It's not that we don't know what sin is (the law is always there defining sin), but if we become more aware of the law than grace, sin will manifest even more (I Cor 15:56, Romans 7:5). Remember the Mercy Seat was on TOP of the law. Quoting Hosea 6:6, Jesus said in Matt 9:13 - "But go and learn what [this] means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." More and more sacrifices, more law keeping, more self penitance, is not what God is after. He wants us to come under grace, come under the covering of the Lord Jesus Christ. It doesn't mean that we live a flippant life, but the means to living that life is not by being more and more aware of one's self. We become like what we worship. If we worship Him, behold Him, see His righteousness that covers us, we will become like Him. We will be transformed from glory to glory. God bless you. We are all on a journey to know Him better and to drive sin from our lives. The means is where we grapple.

4:13 AM  
Blogger maranatha7 said...

henderson good study, just remember that is not Romans 10:17 , but Hebrew 10:11 Blessings. this is just so that you make the corrections

[PASTOR MAXIMO DE LEON
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6:10 AM  
Blogger maranatha7 said...

hebrew 10:17 is the Right VERSE , I ALSO MADE A MISTAKE.
PASTOR MAXIMO DE LEON

6:11 AM  
Blogger russ henderson said...

Thank you Maranatha7 for noticing the wrong verse I cited and for providing the correct one...... God Bless.

4:42 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

We all sin on a daily basis. Are we not supposed to pray for forgiveness after each sin that we recognize?

5:57 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

We sin on a daily basis. Does not having a sin conscious mean we are not to ask forgiveness for each sin as soon as we realize we have sinned because God has already forgiven all future sins?

5:59 AM  
Blogger russ henderson said...

Tim, that's part of the problem. Many Christians start their day off thinking that it's inevitable that they're going to sin..... that's sin consciousness.... constantly thinking about sin instead of thinking about God's grace. And if they do miss the mark in some area, they feel condemned, guilty, and unworthy. You can't have a love relationship with someone if you constantly feel like you don't measure up to them.

We are never told to ask for forgiveness when we sin because we have already been forgiven....and God said He would not remember sin anymore. Jesus paid for the sin of the world...past, present, and future. Continuing to ask forgiveness for something you've already been forgiven for, indicates a lack of faith and trust in the blood of Christ. Is what satan did in Adam more powerful than what God did in Christ??? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

God believes that what Jesus did on the Cross more than paid for the sin of the world, and we're told to have the faith OF God...in other words, be persuaded of the same thing God is persuaded of. This is what renewing our minds is all about....

I pray this speaks to your heart. God loves you with a love that will never fail.

7:55 AM  
Blogger russ henderson said...

Tim, please watch this message by Bertie Britts. It explains forgiveness so wonderfully.

http://dynamicministries.com/component/preachit/video/587-forgiveness-

8:00 AM  
Blogger Ashley Hewitt said...

THERE IS AN ERROR HERE.

JESUS DID NOT GO TO HELL BECAUSE HE NEVER SINNED. HE WAS THE ONLY MAN THAT WALKED ON THIS EARTH THAT DID NOT SIN.

ANOTHER THING IS THAT IF YOU ARE SAVED JESUS WILL FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SINS. WHAT IS SAVED? SAVED IS WHEN YOU ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR LORD AND SAVOR,BELIEVE THAT HE DIED ON THE CROSS FOR YOUR SINS, BELIEVE THAT HE RESURRECTED, CONFESS YOUR SINS, THEN HE WILL GRANT YOU EVERLASTING LIFE (JOHN 3:16)


10:17 PM  
Blogger Jeseppi Trade Wildfeather said...

It's really quite simple. If a stranger or a mere acquaintance walks into my house uninvited and goes to the refrigerator and helps himself to a drink or something to eat I would feel offended and rebuke him for his behavior. He has no right to invade my privacy and take what he wishes without my consent. But, if a person is my friend and I have invited him in I offer him the freedom and privilege, to a point, over the use of my domain and possessions. I want such a person to feel comfortable and please. So here you have it. Same actions; two different relationships. One says "I know you." The other says, "I don't know you." Sin is similar. Christ paid the price for my entry into the grace of God. I am welcome. All things are permitted but all things are best enjoyed in the wisdom and counsel of the Lord.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Halogyn Manuelson said...

Thank you very very much........
I'm now free from sin consciousness
HALLELUYAH!!!

3:22 PM  
Blogger soleil clay said...

Glad. Someone stated that fact, because I myself I have that same problem. And alot of people do. I will confess my sins to God. But I still battle with them daily.

4:02 PM  
Blogger soleil clay said...

I guess that's where renewing your mind would come in handie.

4:05 PM  
Blogger soleil clay said...

Glad. Someone stated that fact, because I myself I have that same problem. And alot of people do. I will confess my sins to God. But I still battle with them daily.

4:21 PM  

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