Our Christian walk is exciting and yet challenging. Each of us has our life-changing encounter with the Lord when we first met Him. Try to recall all the love and blessings that you first experienced when you were saved. Can you trace the pattern in your present life as to how you have been walking with the Lord compare to your first encounter with the Lord?
How have you been walking with the Lord? We can identify the many ups and downs of our Christian walk, but what truly is our spiritual condition? We can recall, or even now, trace our sin patterns that are not pleasing to God. How we walk with God would determine how our lives are conformed to the image of Christ. We must be clean and pure before God. Sin is an inevitable subject because we all face and struggle with it in one way or another. How then can we face up to it and get rid of them in our lives. In order to understand or comprehend it, we must understanding the nature of sin.
In Romans 3:23 it says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. In verse 9b it says that we are all under sin. Because of Adam and Eve’s downfall through disobedient towards God, sin reigns in our bloodline. Romans 3:12 (NKJ) says, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” It is one area that men cannot escape apart from acknowledging Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Apart from Christ, there is no remission of sins.
Sin entices us and separates us from God. John 8:34 says that whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. A slave cannot do anything of his or her own will. They are bound and couldn’t free themselves from what they do not want to do. Romans 7:14 – 21. The effects of sin is spiritual death. Romans 6:16 (NKJ) says, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” We have a choice to choose – sin, leading to death, or obedience, leading to righteousness.
More often then not, we tend to run over our old pattern of sins. We find it hard to quit. Galatians 4:9 admonishes us, “But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?” Paul is saying, after we have tasted the goodness of God, are we then turning back to our old ways of sins and bondages again? Without us realizing it, we tend to fall back into our old ways of living, and forfeit the blessings that we can enjoy with God as we walk right with Him.
How then can we free ourselves from the effects of sins? What we first had done when we were saved was to repent from our sins. We can never stop repenting because of our sinful nature. We must hide ourselves under the blood of Jesus, so that we can be free from the world, the devil, and the temptations of this life. 1 John 3:9 (NKJ) says, “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” The only way out is to walk with God, fear and obey Him. John 6:63 (NKJ) says that “it is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” Only the word of God can point us to the right way. Jesus says that the words that He speaks are spirit and life. In other words, when we obey His word, we are walking in the light.
In John 8:31&32 it says that if we abide in His word, we are His disciples indeed; and we shall know the truth, and the truth shall make us free. Yes, there is freedom in Jesus and His word. When we are conformed in His likeness, we shall be like Him, the old has passed away, behold the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Are you constantly trap into the snares of sins? Jesus is the way out. 1 John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us from all our sins and to cleanse us from all our unrighteousness. Yes, keep repenting and keep walking in the light. God is watching over us. He will not suffer the righteous to be moved.