Sin is real. And it is as real as virus.
Sin is not always like a black dot on a very white bond paper where you can easily find and see.
Sin can creep deep inside your heart and soul like a virus. It can be unseen by the naked eye.
You know you are sick though without having to see the virus; you can feel and experience its effects: the pain, the discomfort, the irritability, and so on. I think you get what I mean: that sin can be felt and experienced by the sinner, as well as the other people surrounding him/her (the sinner).
There might be times when you think that sin is as integral as your internal organs. You might think that you can’t leave without it.
Like a virus, everyone can have it:
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of YAH (God).Romans 3:23
Yet you can always live a life away from sin through Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Mashiach (Messiah) died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures:1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Human as we are, we can fail; yet time and again we can always, and without delay, repent and seek God’s grace.
And if you think that you can do away with sin by your own might, you are fooling yourself. Eventually you’ll realize that without the grace of God, you are a slave to sin.
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I YHWH search the heart, I try the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.Jeremiah 17:9-10
We often fall short of the grace of God, because we are too often deceived by that which we call free will. The free will to listen and to heed to our heart’s desires and deceptions.
15 And he said unto them, ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but YAH (God) knows your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of YHWH.Luke 16:15
Man is often deceived by the mundane happiness and riches; And that in the end, he realizes that he was just fooled into sinning.
Sin can have many faces. It can be an innocent looking girl; it can be a cause worth fighting; or it can be a religion worth defending.
If you still think that you are without sin, or blameless in the sight of God — can you identify yourself in any of these?
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.Mark 7:21-23
We can commit a sin by the things we do and by not doing the good that we are supposed to do.
Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.James 5:17
Therefore if you say that you’ve not sinned, better be sure that you are not fooling yourself.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:8-9
Repent and forsake sin; there is a life worth living apart from sin.
Both body and soul will soon have to pay for the sins not repented.
You would know that you are living in sin because despite all the facade: accomplishments, riches, friends, and luxury — when you stare deep within you — you are feeling like you are alone in the dark.
And when you feel like you are stuck with it, rejoice for that is when the Lord will work wonders in your life. Rejoice for that is when Yeshua, our messiah, will deliver you from sin.
Do you remember the story of Gideon in Judges chapter 7?
The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many troops with you for Me to deliver Midian into their hands; Israel might claim for themselves the glory due to Me, thinking, ‘Our own hand has brought us victory.’Judges 7:2
In the same way, rejoice then when you are left with nothing to conquer sin. Rejoice then when you are left with no resources to stop drug addiction. Rejoice then when you are left with no friends to console you. Rejoice then when you feel alone in the dark, for it is then that God will work with you.
Like Gideon’s experience, he was left with 300 troops out of the 32,000 troops; and God provided them the victory.
In the same way, we don’t need 32,000 troops. What we might consider as strength might just be our weakness. And what we might consider as our weakness might be the only thing needed to win over sin.
If you feel alone and defeated in trying to fight over a vice, a circumstance, or a sin — you simply have to surrender yourself (your life, your nothingness, and your whole being) to God through Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). That is all that it takes; and you will come out victorious through Him who will strengthen you.
Sin hinders you to fully reach your potential, and that is becoming a child of God.