Here’s the short answer:
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. I Corinthians 6:9-11
No sin is compatible with Christ.
Sin is an archery term that means “to miss the mark.” If we miss the target by 1/2 an inch. That is a “sin.” If we miss it by 100 miles, that is also a “sin.”
If we cherish and cling to sin – ANY sin – we forfeit the power of the Holy Spirit working in us if we are believers. Sin deeply grieves the Spirit of God. God cannot tolerate the presence of any sin. He is HOLY. And He calls us to live holy lives. God’s Spirit dwells in us if we are believers. We are His temple. But we can grieve God’s Spirit and lose fellowship with Him (Ephesians 4) and lose our connection and His power in our lives. If Christ is our Lord, we don’t lose our salvation – but we stop abiding in Christ and we lose His power to live in obedience to Him. We lose the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-33) and begin to be controlled again by the sinful nature (Galatians 5:19-21). But if Christ is our Lord – we will not be ok with losing His fellowship. God’s Spirit will work on us to convict us and bring us to repentance quickly unless we harden our hearts.
Of course, if we have never received Christ as our Savior and LORD, we don’t have the Holy Spirit to start with – so God is not in us. In that case, we can only be controlled by the sinful nature. We have no choice until we receive Christ as our Savior and LORD.
I cannot embrace sin AND Jesus. I must choose one or the other.
That sounds really radical, right?
It also sounds totally impossible, doesn’t it?
In our own power – it IS COMPLETELY impossible for us to live sinless lives. We HAVE to have God’s Spirit living in us or we can’t begin to do this. God says that our own attempts at right living and holiness look like “dirty, bloody, filthy menstrual rags” in His sight. Isaiah 64:6. There is nothing good in us on our own. We are all wretched sinners.
- For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
- The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
- Jesus answered, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6
Jesus talks about the cost of following Him:
- Anyone who loves Me will obey Me… if anyone does not obey Me, he does not love Me. John 14:22,24
- Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:37-39
Someone who belongs to Christ cares about what Jesus cares about.
If I claim Christ, then HE is my greatest priority, knowing Him is my most passionate goal, pleasing Him is what I long to do more than anything out of thankfulness and amazement for all that He has done to die in my place and take the wrath of God I deserved upon Himself. I don’t obey Him to “earn” heaven. I can’t earn heaven. Only Jesus can earn heaven. I obey Him because I am overflowing with love and gratitude to Him.
If Jesus is my LORD and my God – He can ask me to do anything and I can only say with joy, “YES, LORD!”
- If you do not have Jesus as Lord – or you have questions, please ask me!! I’m glad to talk with you about how you can know Jesus and have the eternal life He offers to you! Leave me a comment, please!
When Jesus is my Lord, He changes my heart, my desires, my priorities, my thoughts and my character. I DIE to my old sinful nature, it is crucified with Christ on the cross and I put on my new man in Christ and live in the power of His Spirit.
If I enjoy sin or have no qualms with continuing to sin – something is seriously wrong.
If I can sit and wallow in wrongdoing of any type – and feel no shame and feel no urgency to repent and no grief at what I am doing to Jesus – I am spiritually dead and I do not know Him, or at the very best, I am in a spiritual coma.
Someone who belongs to Christ and is alive to Him will:
- hunger for Him
- thirst for God’s Word
- desire to know God more
- have spiritual appetites for God’s presence, prayer and God’s Word
Having a physical appetite is a sign of physical health and life. Dead people don’t get hungry for food. Having a spiritual appetite is a sign of spiritual health and life. Spiritually dead people have no desire for the things of God.
There is NO sin that can be welcome in my life if Christ is truly my Lord.
- idolatry (putting other things before God in my life – which we are ALL VERY, VERY guilty of doing)
- any addictions
- sexual immorality/homosexuality/fornication/adultery/bi-sexuality
- self-righteousness (thinking we are better than other people)
- forgetting God
- heresy/ungodly teachings
- apathy towards the Word of God, apathy towards the things of God
- lack of concern for the poor, the abused, the mistreated, the sick, the imprisoned, the lost
If I want to know Christ and abide in Him and experience His power in my life and be with Him in heaven – I must be willing to give up my sin! ALL of it!
Yes, it hurts to give up sin.
Yes, it is excruciatingly painful to die to self.
YES – it is TOTALLY WORTH IT!
Jesus is worthy of all of our devotion, love, obedience and submission.
We don’t come to Him just be be able to check our list “Oh, now I can go to heaven, I said a prayer and ‘asked Jesus into my heart’ and I can live however I want to.”
- That is not Christianity – not by Jesus’ definition.
We come to Jesus to have GOD. Period. We come to Him because we WANT HIM DESPERATELY. We know that we need Him and we love Him and nothing else matters but having Him as our Savior and Lord in this life. And when we come to Him, we come in awe, in humility and in reckless abandonment – willing to give all that we are and all that we have to Him that we might be daily living sacrifices for His glory. His glory and His will are all that we care about now.
WHAT DO I DO NOW?
If you realize you have been cherishing sin – you can turn away from it today and turn to Christ! He can forgive your sin! He died to pay for our sins so that He could provide a way for us to be right with God. Get on your face before God and weep over your sin! Tell Him you agree that what you have done is wrong. Beg Him to forgive You. Claim the power of His death on your behalf – and surrender your life to Him. Let Him be in charge now. Give Him control of every part of your life. Hold nothing back. Seek to know Him, to love Him and to live for Him alone from this point on!
Does that mean we will be perfect?
No. We may stumble at times – but if Christ is our LORD – we will immediately repent and turn back to Him and seek Him with all our hearts.
He is able to give us victory over sin. We don’t have to live in sin anymore. If we stay in His Word, seek to obey and please Him and invite Him to fill us with His Spirit – He can and will give us victory over sin. We don’t have to be slaves to sin anymore!
HEBREWS 10 – a very sober warning to us all to live in fear, awe and trembling before the God of heaven.
26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”[e] 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness,but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin,which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.