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Understanding sin and it's effect on our communion with God
“How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin.” (Job 13:23). Flesh and spirit are in a constant battle to overcome one another and produce their fruit according to their kind. The spirit produces fruit that is pleasing to the Lord, while the flesh produces sin that is pleasing to lucifer. Each day we are faced with the choice to take of the fruit of the tree of life, or the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Both trees look equally as tasty and satisfying, but the tree of knowledge of good and evil is an instant gratification, while the tree of life seems to give it’s satisfaction through a prolonged process of expelling onto our taste buds.
Unfortunately, as humans, our flesh tends to win even when we can feel the conviction heavy upon our hearts. A lot of times we even try to resist with all our might and yet still end up losing. We feel hopeless and disappointed and sometimes even give up trying to conquer and instead just cave in with the world and just ignore our convictions as some sort of nagging fly that we hope will just eventually die. We then eventually forget about sin as it becomes apart of our lives, but we still persist in calling ourselves Christians, yet not producing any fruit of a true Christian life.
At this moment, we forget what sin does to our relationship with God and how much further it will lead us away from the Lord and into the abyss with the other many lost souls. “Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.” (Proverbs 4:5). Sin is the junk that clogs up our spiritual connection with the Lord and hampers our walk with Him. Now that is not to say that we should expect to one day reach a level of being perfect and never sinning, as there is only one that has never sinned and that is Jesus Himself. Our aim should be to not sin, but keeping in perspective that this is not possible as we are only human. We should seek to please the Lord in all things and aspects of life and with this seeking, having the Holy Spirit transform our life into a new creation in Christ. The stronger our faith becomes, the more the Holy Spirit cleanses us, the better our connection with God becomes.
When we trust in Jesus as our savior and have the Holy Spirit come into our lives, then there should be a transformation that occurs over time in our lives. We should no longer be that same old man or old woman that was part of our life before, but we should be made anew in Christ and therefore should begin to let go of sin in our life. “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19). As you grow in Christ and He writes His word upon your heart and mind, then you begin to understand what is sin and what sin is hampering your walk with Him. By the conviction of the Holy Spirit and knowing God’s Word then you will truly understand how sin hinders your walk with God.
The Holy Spirit wants to lead you to a new life in Christ and wants to use you in a mighty way to help save and heal many others. On the contrary, Sin wants to lead you to a life of ruin and emptiness as well as lead you far away from God. Sin wants to use you to hurt others and to lead others into the abyss with you. When you look at non-Christians that live a life of sin, watch the way they try and persuade people into a life like theirs. People that live in misery, want others to live in misery with them. The Godless want people to conform to their Godless ways.
When we see people as such, we should steer clear. If the Holy Spirit permits, then talk with them about God, but if you feel uneased to be around them, then that might be a sign that God doesn’t want you to speak with them because they may try and persuade you into their lifestyle instead. We should speak about God and Jesus when we feel the Holy Spirit prompting us to do so; when we follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we are then truly walking by the Spirit. When we walk by the Spirit, we then know that sin is not leading our life, but instead God’s Spirit is guiding our feet in the path He delights us to go.
When we seek to walk after the spirit and not after our flesh, then our life should be filled with prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to guide us down His path and not the path of sin; asking God for forgiveness of our sins and iniquities. While walking God’s path for your life, you will become more and more sensitive to God’s voice and guiding hand as you grow closer to Him. Sin begins to leave your life, God’s voice becomes clearer and then you begin to produce rich fruit as the tree of life. You also become more sensitive to sin, knowing when it lures around the corner of a particular situation or thought. You begin to understand the tactics of the devil and sin and begin to understand what disguise it might try and use. “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:25).
When you understand sin and it’s hindrance in your communion with God, you can then guard yourself against it’s attacks and keep your connection with God clean and refreshed. This knowing will give you peace, rest, and reassurance in God. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7).