What is sin? The answer encompasses and goes beyond what is written in the bible; simply put, sin is any disobedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit. You and I know what things are written in the Bible and categorized as sin, but beyond that, the Holy Spirit is the person that can define sin for each individual, as what is a sin to you may not be sin to me. What do you mean Bro. Yinka? If the Holy Spirit has told you not to play football again, it will not be sin to other people who make their living playing football. But, to you it will be a sin to continue playing football.
He who will be totally free from sin on a daily basis is a person who will always obey the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit knows what lies ahead of you, and if you are going to get into a difficult situation that will make you to commit sin, he will forewarn you, It will now be left to you to obey him or not. Who is a prudent man? A prudent man is a man who listens to the Holy Spirit and obeys him. Oh, a prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences (proverbs 22:3, & Proverbs 27:12, NLT). That scripture was twice repeated verbatim in the Bible for emphasis on your need to key in to the Holy Spirit.
My people says in Yoruba language, ‘ma koja mi Olugbala, kii se orin adubule ko’, literally meaning that you have to play your own part if you don’t want the Lord to pass you by. So, what are the things you and I have to do to live sinless daily?
Reckon that you are dead to sin. Jesus healed a man that was born blind, the Jews and the Pharisees confronted the man who had been blind and told him "Give glory to God by telling the truth," … "We know this man is a sinner (John 9:24, NIV)." They called my Lord a sinner. The world and the devil will call you a sinner. It is God’s duty to tell you if you are a sinner or not. Who will accuse God's elect? It is God who justifies! Who is the one to condemn? It is the Messiah Jesus… (Romans 8:34, ISV version). Why am I saying this? Don’t allow the devil to harass you.
If you are walking on the road and you happen to see a completely naked woman, and you didn’t have a second look at her because you don’t want to commit sin, the devil may still accuse you that you have committed sin by looking at that naked woman. You are the one who will have to take your stand against his insinuations! How? It is by reckoning and telling him to his face that you are not a sinner and that you are indeed dead unto sin. If you don’t know this, you are likely going to be asking God to forgive you the sin you never committed, and you keep going in circles. In the same way, you too must continuously consider yourselves dead as far as sin is concerned, but living for God through the Messiah Jesus (Romans 6:11, ISV).
Stop claiming your right! Are you listening? Any Christian that is not prepared to lose his rights on certain issues of life cannot stop sinning. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God's grace (Romans 6:14, NLT). What saith the scripture? ‘All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any (1 Corinthians 10:29, & 1 Corinthians 6:12, KJV).’ There is a power behind everything that people do on earth. The powers that be are seeking to control us as they make subtle suggestions to us to do certain things in a particular way. Jesus having fasted for 40 days and 40 nights had all the rights in this world to eat some food. He was in the wilderness where I think that he couldn’t get bread to buy, but he himself had the power to turn stone into bread, and I guess he would have done so, seeing he was hungry if not that the suggestion to do it came from the devil (Luke 4:1-4). My friend, what are you doing with the devil’s suggestions? What power motivated you to do the things you did today, God or Satan? You are the judge!
Deal with your own lust. Take practical steps to ‘deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler (proverbs 6:5, KJV).’ Every man has a lust, identify and deal with your own. After I have given my life to Christ and baptized with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, one of my old lusts caught up with me, I discover that it was easy for me to masturbate. On Tuesday, May 26, 1992 about 11pm after having masturbated in my room while alone, I found myself asking ‘Is this the way I will continue living as a Christian? Is it not possible to stop sinning completely? The Holy Spirit replied me and said ‘’you have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin (Hebrews 6:4, KJV)’’. That was the beginning of my breaking away from the sinful habit. In the early nineties, a sister close to my heart was working with an establishment where she received a salary of about a thousand Naira monthly as a cashier, yet daily she receives at least a million naira as a mixture of raw cash and bank draft which she takes to the bank to save for her establishment on a daily basis. This process continued for one year before she started getting tempted to steal from the money she makes for her employer. According to her, she used to steal from people and her parent as an unbeliever, but she stopped stealing after being born-again. The urge to steal came back forcefully while she was working in that establishment, after six years of her being a born-again Christian. How did she escape the temptation? She confided in her pastor, telling him about her past history of stealing and about the present temptation to steal. She can decide not to tell anybody because she wouldn’t want anybody to see her as someone who is likely to steal any moment, but because she wanted to hold firmly to her salvation with fear and trembling, she confided in someone who could be a watch on her prayerfully and physically. This helped her seriously!!! The thought of stealing went away after she told her pastor. Listen to me; the more you keep your lapses to yourself, the easier it is for you to continue in it. I pray the Lord direct you to tell someone your secret sin or temptation as the case may be, so you can receive all the help God has to offer and be completely delivered, in Jesus Name. The truth of the matter is that once you have victory over that particular sin that is common to you, it will be easy to deal with every other temptation that the devil throws at you.
In America or Europe, when you want to apply for a job, your employer demands that you bring a certificate of good report (called ‘Background check’ in USA, called ‘attest van goed gedrag en zeden’ in Belgium). What you will discover is that the report is only valid from the previous years that you have lived in that country until that particular day. Why? No one can vouch for your tomorrow that you will not go against their law, thus nobody want to give you a post-dated certificate of good behavior. If you say you have no sin, you can talk of now, I mean right now!!!! But, what happens after now? You may or may not give in to temptation to sin.
My KJV Bible says in first John chapter 1 verse 7 that the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. The blood of Jesus cleanseth (present continuous tense) …as you and I walk in the light (which light? The light of the revelation the Holy Spirit gives you at that moment); the blood of Jesus purifies us from all sins (1 John 1:9).
When you over speed while driving your car in Europe and the speed camera catches you, you know there is no way you will escape paying the government’s fine, you are therefore cautious to obey the law of safe driving even when no policeman is there to watch you. But, because God does not give you a knock on the head each time you commit a sin, you are tempted to do it again. When a crime is not punished quickly, people feel it is safe to do wrong (Ecclesiastes 8:11). You become weaker each time you commit sin, and vice-versa becomes stronger each time you overcome.
In your country today, there are people who do not commit sin. If you are sinning, that is your own cup of tea, but I counsel you to seek for help that you may be delivered.
Please permit me to stop here for now.
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