~Psalm 119:59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
God’s Word teaches no Christian is sinless. However, His Word also teaches that we should not be participating in habitual sin. The believer should be thinking about his walk with Christ and evaluating his life through the Word of God.
~1 John 1:8-10 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.
It is also clear that God expects the true believer to not sin habitually.
~1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Our sinning is by choice and it need not be. To practice sin as a way of life is living as the unsaved. This is a normal practice for the lost. However, a true believer should not be living in habitual sin. The true believer may sin from time to time but will not make it a normal practice.
Peter exhorts the believer to live holy lives:
~1 Peter 1:15-16 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
The word holy here means to set apart to God. Believers are set apart for God by the Holy Spirit which is given to us at salvation. We enjoy a unique relationship with God because of Jesus Christ and we have an obligation, as Peter says, to live holy!
To “practice” sin is to sin as a way of life. An unsaved person lives a life of habitual sin. The sin of unbelief is a normal thing for the lost person. A true believer does not live in habitual sin. He may commit occasional sins but he will not make it a habitual practice because he has a new nature given to him by God through the Holy Spirit.
At the time of salvation, we are given a new nature. This is evidenced in that the new Christian changes – it’s an ongoing change through sanctification. Yesterday’s devotional spoke of sanctification and how it should be an every day occurrence for us.
~2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Are you changing? Are you in the process of sanctifying yourself daily? Are you getting better through Christ? Does your life look more like it’s Creator or the devil? Are you an habitual sinner? If you are continuing in sin with no remorse for that sin, you must ask yourself if your salvation experience was a sincere one or was it seed which had fallen on rocky ground. Granted, it is not by anything that we have done in our lives that we can achieve salvation. It is all because of Jesus Christ and His work on that cross with the shedding of His blood that we can be righteous. However, this does not give the believer an open forum to sin – this life style is not imitating God and His righteous nature. The Word of God does not lie. If we are His, we will have remorse for our sins and not be so desirous to continue in them. We are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ – that is grace! Our bodies – our flesh – continue to desire to sin but our spirit should convict us of this through the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. We should never be “comfortable” in our sin.
Are you comfortable in your sin?