Sin Separates People from God

Sin Separates People from God

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God and sin are not friends. A person who stays away from sin has automatically positioned himself in the right spot to receive the blessings of God. A person who lives in sin will bear the consequence of his (or her) actions. A sinful activity brings some sort of enjoyment; however, once the excitement is over, the same sin leaves the person to face a bitter consequence that will follow suit.

Sin can come from any source to affect a person or a group of people. In fact, God has labeled nations as sinners in the past, and he punished them for their sins. The nation of Israel is an example. The people who should be God’s “apple eyes” turned their back against the Creator; they suffered a bitter consequence for their action.

Jeremiah, in the Bible, explained the horror that his country (Israel) faced as a result of their sins. The land of Israel that was once considered a center of attraction for their neighbors lost its value when the people sinned against God.

Israelites dropped their love for God and pursued Idolatry; therefore, God forsook them. God suspended his love for the Israelites and make them became subservient to their enemies.

The opposing nations discovered that God’s protection was missing on the Israelites and took advantage of the situation.

Realizing that God was no more in friendship with the Israelites, the enemies attacked them from every side and overpowered them. They destroyed their land and took them captive. Israelites lost their freedom and become the slaves of others.

Jeremiah who witnessed the downfall of his nation lamented,

“How deserted lies the city, once so full of people! How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations! She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave. Bitterly she weeps at night, tears are on her cheeks. Among all her lovers there is no one to comfort her. All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies. After affliction and harsh labor, Judah has gone into exile. She dwells among the nations; she finds no resting place. All who pursue her have overtaken her in the midst of her distress” (Lamentations 1:1-3 NIV). 

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God Loves The Sinners, But He Hates Their Sins

Does God love the sinners? Yes, he does. God loves everyone – He loves both the saints and the sinners; however, God does not love sin. The Creator can simply not cope with sin.

Jehovah hates sin. He can’t operate under a sinful atmosphere. That is, God will not be able to relate with us if we entertain sin in our lives.

Anyone who is willing to receive the prime benefit of God must steer clear of sin. Stay away!

How Serious Is The Consequence of Sin?

  1. Sin destroys any good relationship that exists between God and a person.
  2. God’s limit of interaction with a sinner also leads to the withdrawal of his benefits. (A sinner loses both ways).
  3. A sinner will be vulnerable to the enemy’s attack since God’s protection will be unavailable for him.
  4. God has an established judgment for an unrepentant sinner. (God will cast an unrepentant sinner to hellfire on the last day).

God is not partial, he will not punish a sinner and spare the other, Any Christian who lives in sin will not be exempted from God’s punishment.

Every sinner must repent – Without an exception! Everyone must understand that God is not partial; he won’t punish one sinner and leave the other; therefore, both the nominal Christian (A Christian without Christ’s attributes) and the unbeliever should await God’s imminent punishments unless due repentance is exercised.

Are The Consequences of Sin Predictable?

A soul that sins shall die” says the Bible; however, some consequences are bound to follow a sinner before he dies.

The consequences of a sin on earth is not predictable since no one can second-guess God. The Creator mostly take an action that beats human’s imagination. Meanwhile, instead of wasting time on making unnecessary assumptions about God’s variety of punishment in any given situation, everyone should aspire to measure up to the standard of God and serve him in holiness.

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What Should A Sinner Do?

Better safe than sorry, a person who realizes his mistakes should not hesitate to repent from it. Once the person is convicted by the Holy Spirit that he (or she) has transgressed, he should immediately exercise genuine repentance to appease God and avoid his punishment.

Meanwhile, not just an exercise of repentance counts towards restoration, a sinner must also choose to follow the appropriate path that God has created in the Bible. That is, a repentant sinner must pick his/her cross and daily follow Jesus Christ.

A person who has repented of his sins and professed to love God must also make a serious effort to stay away from sin and serve God in holiness.

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What Are The Benefits to Receive When Repentance Is Exercised?

  1. God’s divine blessing will pursue a repentant sinner.
  • An obedient child of God will prosper in whatever he or she does.
  1. A person who repents of his or her sins will have peace of mind
  • The peace of God that surpasses all human understanding will take over the life of a repentant sinner – Since the Holy Spirit will effectively take control.
  1. A person who repents of his or her sin will have an assurance of heaven
    • Heaven is the prime benefit that every repentant sinner will enjoy. God will accept every repentant sinner into his kingdom. He will grant him/her an opportunity to dine and wine with him forever.

Serve God well. Obey his commandments and you shall prosper in all your ways!

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GOD’S ADMONITION ON REPENTANCE

GOD’S ADMONITION ON REPENTANCE

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God asked Israelites (his people) to repent from their sins to qualify for his blessings.

God emphasized that holiness is important to him, and it will automatically attract his blessing.

(People who repent from their sins and serve God in holiness will enjoy his benefits).

God said,

“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow. “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword”; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 1:16-20).
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Important Lesson on Repentance of Sin

Repentance matters to God. It opens door of opportunity for Christians to get blessed.

Repentance also saves people from receiving God’s punishments.

Everyone must understand that God is more interested in repentance of sins than to see sinners suffer consequences of their actions in hell.

In order words, Jehovah is interested to bless his children than to punish them.

Repentance will open God’s doors of blessing that include salvation, protection, and provision.

An exercise of repentance will save a person from incurring penalty of sin – which is eternal damnation of hell fire.

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Repentance Must Have Clear Definition

Fact No. 1

A person who chooses to take the proper step of repentance must do so with a contrite mind.

He (or she) mustn’t do so to only satisfy conscience, or someone else.

Repentance must be clearly exercised to meet God’s standard of grace and blessing.

*Do not exercise repentance to appease yourself or anyone else.
*Exercise repentance to appease God!

No one should attempt repentance without personal conviction of a wrongdoing.

A repentant sinner must have evaluated his past action and conclude they displeased God.

Fact No. 2

A person who engages in repentance must avoid using general statement.

He (or she) must express his mistakes and genuinely ask God’s forgiveness.

A repentant sinner must mention to God what he is being repented of.

It is affirmative and convincing for a person to spell his mistakes to God, and genuinely ask him to forgive them.

Fact No. 3

It is important that anyone who intends to exercise repentance must follow the proper protocol set by God.

A person asking for forgiveness of his sins must do so by mentioning the name of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ sacrificed his life in exchange for the sins of humanity.

He shed his blood to appease God for our sins.

Hence, no one will be able to receive God’s forgiveness without mentioning the name of Jesus Christ.

No one receives repentance of sin without mentioning the name of Jesus Christ.

It is written:

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5 KJV).

Jesus Christ offers license for sin cleansing through his blood; forgiveness of sin can only be obtained through the power of his resurrection

A person who exercises repentance through Jesus Christ will be forgiven and be saved.

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 4:14-16 KJV).
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The Blood of Jesus Christ Washes Sins Away

Jesus Christ is the propitiation for sins.

Jesus Christ suffered and died in the hands of his persecutors.

He was hanged on the tree, and wore the crown of tore.

Jesus shed his blood till death on the cross and was buried in the grave.

Christ resurrected on the third day and offered his believers salvation and eternal life.

Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ we shall receive forgiveness of sins, and thereby qualify for the kingdom of God.
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Adverse Effect for Those Who Intend To Invade Repentance

Repentance is not a choice but a must for everyone.

Since no one can claim absolute holiness, it is important that we all confess our sins and repent from them.

A person who refuses to repent from his (or her) sins risks the punishment of eternal damnation in hell fire.

God who is notable for being merciful will have no other option than to exercise harsh punishment of hell on the unrepentant sinners.
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Repentance Leads to Salvation

All people – without exception – must repent from his or her sins to be saved.

Have you confessed your sins to the Lord?

Have you repented from your sins and promised God to turn a new leaf?

Have you prayed to have grace needed to live holy and acceptable life before God?

Do not hesitate to take a step of repentance.

Use this opportunity to break free from the bondage of sins, and qualify for God’s eternal benefits on earth and in heaven.
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Prayer of Repentance and Ability to Live Holy Life

Dear God, I understand that I am not a perfect person; I am a sinner, and I come humbly before you today to ask for the forgiveness of my sins.

I confess all my past sins. I am sorry for them all, and I ask for your forgiveness.

Please forgive my sins.

Cleanse me from all my unrighteousness and qualify me for your eternal blessings!

I confess your Son Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.

I profess my faith in him, and I obtain my holiness through him.

Please empower me through your Holy Spirit to keep living a pure and acceptable life before you, so that I can inherit your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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How To Overcome Temptations

How To Overcome Temptations

temptationsHave you been facing temptations lately? Children of God are encouraged to resist temptations and put devil to shame.

Truly, some temptations may not be easy to overcome.

Depending on circumstances, they may be subtle or harsh forcing someone to compromise his or her stand with God.

However under whatever circumstance, and irrespective of the version that a temptation may present, believers are still required to overcome it.

We must prayerfully resist a temptation and take proactive steps to overcome it.

It is important that a Christian rely on the strength of God to overcome his or her temptation.

Holy Spirit is the strength of God made available for us to overcome our trials.

In addition to that, we children of God must understand that God has an already-prepared victory for every temptation that comes our way.

All what we need is to make use of the opportunity. The Bible states:

balance“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 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” (1 Corinthians. 10:12-13 NKJV).

 

Important Lesson on Overcoming Temptations of Sin

victoryChristians are challenged not to fall for enemies’ temptations. Tempting situations will arise, but we are encouraged not to yield to them.

As God’s children, we must resist temptations to glorify God.

Meanwhile, any Christian who fell into a sin must repent and regain consciousness to serve God well.

A Christian who committed a sin must genuinely repent and make necessary restitution so that Satan can be put to shame, and glory be given to God.

Prayer of Grace to Overcome Temptations

Praying handsDear God, please give me strength to overcome temptations.

Give me grace and power needed to resist whatever trial the enemy may present before me.

Please help me to live uprightly with you always, and enable me with ability to exercise genuine repentance so that I can be fit for your kingdom.

For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

Jesus Christ Offers True Salvation To People

Jesus Christ Offers True Salvation To People

salvationJesus Christ announced to all people that his salvation offer is the only determining factor for anyone to enter into the kingdom of God.

A person who rejects Jesus’ offer of salvation will not have a part in the kingdom of God. Jesus said,

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes in Him who sent me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man” (John 5:24-26).

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Lesson on Jesus’ Offer of Salvation

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The Lord’s Day of Judgment shall surely come for all people to experience.

Both dead and the living shall face God’s judicial panel; the Creator will send unrepentant sinners to hell fire, but he will send the repentant sinners to heaven.

The people to be classified as repentant sinners are those who have repented from their sins and have also accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

hell fireUnrepentant sinners are the people (whether dead or alive) who have refused to declare Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and have also refused to accept him as their personal Lord and Savior.

Prayer of Salvation and Repentance

praying-handsDear Jesus Christ, I do not want to go to hell fire, but I want to go to heaven.

Therefore, I confess that you are the Son of God who has died for the sin of the whole world.

I accept you Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior; I repent from my sins, and I will faithfully serve you from now on, and throughout the days of my life.

So help me God! Amen.

GOD WILL RESTORE A BACKSLIDDEN CHRISTIAN

GOD WILL RESTORE A BACKSLIDDEN CHRISTIAN

bible devotionA Christian who has backslided from faith can be restored by God. This lesson can be illustrated with God’s behavior to the people of Judah (in the bible). People of Judah were God’s children, but they sold themselves to sinful lifestyle. They became corrupted to the extent that God turned his back against them.

However, despite the sinful behavior of people of Judah, God promised to restore them into his true love. The Creator would buy them back from their sinful entrapment.

Jehovah promised to redeem his outcast children and restore them to have mutual relationship with him to enjoy his benefits. God would favor his children as promised,

“I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back, because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; for I am the Lord their God, And I will hear them” (Zechariah 10:6 NKJV).

 

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Hope of Restoration for A Backslider

 

Every Christian is a child of God. Jehovah will redeem, restore, and forgive any of his children that have fallen from faith. That is, he will forgive and restore any Christian who has backslided.

God is loving and forgiving, and he will forgive our sins and bless us if we can turn to him. The ever gracious Lord will show us his loving-kindness and redeem our lands. He will also wipe off our painful memory and replace it with senses of calmness, peace, and joy.

However despite God’s enduring love and mercy, he still warned people not to take him for granted. He expects no one to live in a sin and hope for mercy at the same time. Every sinner must repent from his/her sins and turn to God to receive his mercy and forgiveness.

Consequences Remain For Unrepentant Sinners

 

Jehovah will punish an unrepentant sinner to the pit of hell fire! Therefore, it is important that everyone repent from his/her sins to appease God and obtain his mercy. We must have a genuine relationship with God to receive his abundant benefits.

God expects honest repentance from us all. The Creator will be proud to endow us with his goodness if we can walk uprightly before him.

Choose to honor God with dignity and serve him well so that you can prosper everyday of your life!

Pray for Strength to Serve God Well

 

Dear God please teach me how to serve you with honesty. Empower me to yield my complete life to you so that I can prosper. Let me be in your good book to receive your abundant benefits. Also, let your Holy Spirit empower me to faithfully serve you so that I can qualify for your eternal kingdom. Please bless me today, bless me tomorrow, and bless me everyday of my life! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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