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What is Sin?

Updated on August 19, 2020
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Pastoral Counselor ordained Minister at Alpha 7 Ministries & M. A. Christian Clinical Counseling Certified in Creation Therapy

Missing The Mark

What is sin?

God created us in His image. Image meaning we are to be a reflection of Him. According to Webster’s an exact likeness; semblance God created man in his own image — Genesis 1:27(Revised Standard Version) b: a person strikingly like another person example: she is the image of her mother.



We who are believers are now children of God, our behavior should reflect His principles as we grow spiritually. God says that we are to be children of the Light and not to walk in darkness. We are to daily embrace and implement the principles of His Word in our lives. His Word as believers becomes our “Life Manual” which should be “a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path” it helps to expose the darkness. We cannot walk in the Light and in the dark at the same time. We are supposed to consistently practice walking in Truth.




You know the old cliché that says “practice makes perfect” well to tell the Truth we should really say “practice makes permanent." We become what we practice. As we daily walk in His grace we actually "sin less." God has given us His precious Holy Spirit and Comforter to help us. O what a wonderful Savior!




There is many things that are not of God that have nested themselves among His Church. It is important to keep in mind that "THE WHEAT and the tares are growing together. Know God and His Word for Yourself and "PRAY FOR DISCERNMENT!"




The Lord lights our path as we walk in obedience to His Word. When we walk contrary to His Word we become separated from God. Anything that separates us from God is sin. We in fact “miss the mark.” Our daily goal should be to walk with the Lord! A skilled marksman astutely aims for his target. Our target as believers should be fellowship with God and walking daily in the Light of His Word. We are to implement His Word and embrace in our lives daily. When we do this sincerely God knows and therefore we have and antidote whenever we miss the mark. Keep in mind we will forever need our Lord and Savior.



Jesus Christ is our Advocate. Once our conscience is sensitive to His Holy Spirit out of obedience we automatically confess, readily repent and readily begin aiming for the mark. This is how we strive and thrive to daily stay on the Narrow Path.



I John says “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” We sin when we disobey God. Sin is anything that separates us from God. So therefore metaphorically a spiritual bathe becomes necessary. God is more than able to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We all have inherited the proclivity towards sin from Adam and Eve’s fall. The original sin was when they disobeyed God and did what they wanted to do instead. From that point on mankind became shackled by the snare of sin.



Jesus came to restore us back to the Father, and once again anchor us in the Lord. Ephesians tells us that “We were actually chosen in Him before the foundation of the world.” Through Jesus Christ birth, sinless life, death and resurrection we have now been redeemed through His blood.It is important to readily confess any sin. We are not to practice sin. Each day is a precious GIFT from the Lord. We are to live each day in expectation our Lord and Savior's return.



“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us… ” Once we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior we are given the gift of His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter.



We can discover grace, joy and peace in the Lord, Praise God & Thank You Lord! God's Peace will remain as we walk in obedience. We are to "Walk in the Light!" We are to not follow the ways of the world. We are to be, "in the world but not of the world" God gives us the freedom to choose. We can overlook what others say and do. Yes, we can even forgive. However, forgiveness does not mean to forget. Nor does it mean to compromise God's principles.




Sometimes we have to simply "step aside!" Forgiveness does mean to give people or a situation over to God. To commit to now respond in a manner that is pleasing in His sight yet not support sin. Never allow anyone to manipulate you nor do you in turn seek to manipulate. We must always be willing to humble ourselves to the Lord's will and way. This does not mean that we allow others to walk over us or disrespect us. Always remember our weapons should never be carnal or malicious. We serve an OMNISICENT GOD! God holds us accountable for our actions. Growing in His Grace is an ongoing process. We must always pray for discernment in all situations to respond or not respond, in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. This way your Peace with Him is not interrupted. Thank You Lord and Bless Your Holy Name! YOUR WILL & YOUR WAY LORD!



Our power rests in Jesus Christ and we now have access 24/7, we never become the power. This is why we need him as Savior and Lord to keep us stay connected. He will help us whenever sin beckons as we submit to His Will. Jesus promise that He would give us His Comforter to be with us forever is true! He died on the cross for the sins of the entire world. Christ Jesus overcame sin in the flesh for us all! It is our choice to choose to accept Him into our hearts. “But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit , whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”



With God at our side we can be more than conquerors. As we grow spiritually sin should not dominate our lives. We should continue to mature spiritually and daily sin less. We should continually be growing in His grace. It should be evident we are able to better exercise self control. Our lives should now begin to bear and reflect the presence of the Fruit of His Spirit which is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control!

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