WHAT IS “SIN”?
“I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t” – The Apostle Paul
The best way to describe sin is to describe it the way it was described to me. Missing the mark. Imagine with me a bulls-eye on a target, when a person throws a dart, or shoots an arrow and they miss the intended target they have in a sense ‘sinned’. In old English, when a person would miss in archery practice the person who was standing at the end of the field would shout out…“Sin!”
The question then becomes, what is the definition of your target? What do you find your life founded on? This will determine whether or not you are missing the intended target.
We are all sinners by birth and according to scripture we all fall short of God’s best. However, when we became believers we became born again, and are now sinners saved by grace. Where then does the struggle come in? Why do we continue to ‘sin’ even though we are saved?
We have a spirit, are a soul, and are housed in a body.
“…When you are born again, your spirit is instantly transformed into the image of God. The spirit is that part of you which takes on the nature of God. According to the Word, once that happens you should immediately start the process of changing your soul. The Bible calls it “renewing the mind.”
Your soul is your mind, your will and your emotions. Spiritual growth is determined by how much your soul has been changed by the Word of God. Nothing is wrong with your spirit if you are born again; the life of God is in there. You are indwelt by the Holy Ghost. But you are hindered from living a spiritual life by a soul (mind) that thinks like the world instead of like God. This is true because your soul (will) also determines your actions.”- Kenneth Copeland, http://www.kcm.org/real-help/article/understanding-soul
Our souls need renewing, though our spirit is anew. Our bodies are our “earth-suit” and thus are subject to the environments in which we live in. (This is why it is so important to never let our ‘feelings’ rule us, and why we are called to live by faith) Our minds/souls however, shape how we think, feel, and act while we are still here on earth. It is our intended target that will ultimately determine our peace of mind and prosperity.
If your intended target is the Word of God, your soul will begin to conform to the renewed thinking that comes with the Word. God the Father sees you cloaked in the blood of His Son Jesus, and the enemy must ‘passover’ you as the angel of death passed over the Israelites in Egypt. We have been saved, by grace.
Asking forgiveness when we sin, is a continuing process, and it will keep us forever moving forward and on track with God. The only unforgivable sin is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, because without recognition of the Holy Spirit and Christ, you cannot ask for forgiveness and in turn cannot be forgiven and put back on track.
Even the great Apostle Paul said,
“ So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.” Romans 7:14-25 NLT
We must always strive to hit the target, we must continuously ask for forgiveness when we miss it. The real battle is in keeping our souls in check. Our spirits have been made perfect and ‘wholehearted’. Our souls are subject to the thoughts that we think, and the definition we have created within ourselves of the true and definite target.
My prayer for you today is that you would determine that the Word of God is the defined target, and that you would read the scripture with me that states, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Tim 3:16-17 KJV
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