The one excuse you will hear from those who are not proponents of the new law regarding homosexual marriage being lawful, but supposed opponents, albeit fearful to take a stand against this law and its adherents, are those who are supposed to condemn the lifestyle, and won’t, is this: “We are all sinners.” As if this is supposed to make me feel any better. No, it doesn’t. I don’t feel good about being a sinner and Christ has made a way for me to STOP being a sinner, not in the life to come, but in this life we are living right now.
Now this is going to be a difficult message for most, and I understand this; however, it doesn’t dispel the truth regarding overcoming sin in THIS life. In fact, we are required to do so. Going to the Bible it says about Noah,
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” Gen 6:8-9 (KJV)
Now, this is something for those who believe “grace” is only given in the New Testament times, the Gospel Dispensation. Noah had it, and so can you. And when you understand the purpose of grace, since you claim you are under it, then why can you also be characterized as being “perfect” as Noah was?
How about Job?
“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.” Job 1:1-2 (KJV)
We read about how he made sacrifices (Old Testament law) for his sons and daughters, just in case they forgot to do it for themselves, wouldn’t you think he’d have enough sense to do it for himself? And if this is the case, why can’t you be characterized as being “perfect” like Job?
Oh, I’m not finished yet. Ever heard of Enoch?
“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Gen 5:24 (KJV)
Here is a man who was so close to God in his effort, God just had to have him with Him! I can go on and on about Moses, Elijah and others, but I think you’re getting the point. So, what’s stopping you? Did these men have anything which is not given to you? What prevents you from having the same characterization as being “perfect”? Do you believe in the Holy Spirit? Do you believe the Holy Spirit will “guide you into all truth”? Well, He has another task, too. It is to “guide you into all truth” about yourself and what is preventing you from being “perfect”.
We know there is a group of individuals who will compose what is known as the 144,000. Now, I don’t find it necessary to believe it is a literal number nor they being of the Jewish persuasion. Inbox me if you think they are. I do believe this group will be all over the world, having the character of Christ and will stand during the world’s darkest moment as it goes through the Time of Trouble or Tribulation as others like to refer to it. These individuals are human, just like you and I, who’ve taken their stand for the right, who are not afraid to call sin sin, and who will not sell-out their faith. In fact, it is written what Enoch was during his time, these individuals will be during this time, and just like Enoch, when Christ returns they will be taken to enjoy a special place in the Kingdom. Now, what is preventing you from being selected to be in this group?
If certain sins have already came to your mind, do you believe you are able to overcome them? I remember thinking as a child, if I were baptized and the building should fall and I’m killed, I would be saved! Why? Wouldn’t all my sins be washed away? How about when I’ve taken Communion, in the proper way, are not my sins covered by the Blood of Christ? How about when you pray for forgiveness? Are not your sins forgiven and separated from you? If your sins are separated, from you, are you still a sinner? I stopped doing drugs because I was an addict. Am I still an addict although I don’t do drugs anymore? This is not complicated folks. There will be no sinners in heaven. Getting rid of sin in our lives MUST TAKE PLACE WHILE WE ARE ALIVE AND MUST TAKE PLACE NOW, not when Christ gets here and surely not AFTER He has come.
The devil would have you to believe “sinner once and sinner still”. He would have you to believe it is impossible to overcome being a sinner. If this was the case, why would Christ have said,
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matt 5:48 (KJV)
Is perfection attainable? Right now? As you are living and breathing today? For those who believe otherwise, or wish to complicate matters by theology and not belief, then you’re doomed already and your mouth is your own witness of such, but I KNOW there will come a time, maybe today, I can say, someone will say, “I have become what Jesus wants me to be.” Is this achievable without Christ? Nope. Is this achievable without the Holy Spirit? Nope. So, IF you believe One wants you to be and the Other is supposed to help you to become, what prevents you from being? You! It is what you wish to hold onto and it is your belief system which gets in the way. Let it go!
Many good people are falling asleep. I believe God gets us to the point where our lives does reflect His own and He may use the enemy’s device of cancer and other situations which devastates our lives to the point of ending them, but like the thief on the cross, those last moments of consciousness, a simple prayer like, “Lord, remember me when You come into your kingdom.” And to hear those words, “Today, I say unto you, thou will be with Me in paradise” are the words we can hear right now, “today”, as Christ has stated, but ONLY if you believe.
Will you believe?
June 29, 2015