IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THAT WE WILL NO LONGER LIVE WITH SIN CONSCIOUSNESS
COMPILED EDITED BY:-
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5, NKJV).
“If there’s one battle you need to win, it’s the battle over sin-consciousness.”
Child of God, it’s time to triumph over sin-consciousness and possess the blessings and breakthroughs that are rightfully yours in Christ!
Its important to know that the concept of sin has been dealt with once for all eternity so God doesn’t even see it. He is faithful and He said I will remember them no more.
Many people have questioned the recent overflow of the gospel of Grace and some have even suggested that it is the weapon of the enemy to increase sin. This is very interesting, since the bible has a contrary view of the work of Grace.
If you have given your life to Christ, You don’t need to be so conscious of what you do wrong.
The God in you would help you live right…”
Sin consciousness can be defined as when one is so conscious of sin than they are of the life of God in them.
For me, the overwhelmingly sad thing is that more than ever with sin consciousness reigning in your mind, you keep falling because it is like the law of attraction, what you think most all the time eventually becomes who you are.
“As a man or a woman thinketh so is he/she.”
Many of us are aware that being born again frees us from sin but, for that knowledge to really sink into our consciousness, we must change our way of thinking. It’s one thing to know something intellectually, and another thing entirely when we believe it in our hearts. Religion would have us believe that we’re still sinners even after we’re saved, but after we get born again, God chooses to completely forget about our past sins. Therefore, we should too.
This is easier said than done, but it can be done. Religion tells us we’re all sinners saved by grace, but the truth is we’re no longer sinners after we’ve been saved. It’s as simple as that, so we mustn’t let the world confuse us by complicating the matter. We can joyfully begin a relationship with Jesus because our old sinful self is gone. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
We’re so accustomed to believing what the world tells us about who we are that it can be a shock to find out that the exact opposite is true. If we’re not careful, we can get loaded up with guilt and shame over something that happened in the past. We can wrongly think our behavior can make us saved one day and then unsaved the next. Our salvation is based in the finished works of Jesus, which can’t be undone no matter what we say or do. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5, NKJV).
We were made sinners because of what Adam did, not because of anything we did. Likewise, when we’re in Christ, we’re sinless and perfect because of what Jesus did, independently of anything we do (Romans 5:12-15). Jesus overpowered sin when He went on the cross, and He gives us the same victory. “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin” (Romans 6:6, NLT).
What matters now is our belief that Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for our sins for all time, and nothing more is needed. Sin is now a non-issue with God, but the devil keeps trying to throw it in our faces. The enemy’s only hope is to make us so sin-conscious that we begin having trouble believing that we’re really saved. We hear sermon after sermon in which the pastor seems so preoccupied with sin that we can end up with a seared conscience (1 Timothy 4:1, 2), but we must always remember it’s completely eliminated from God’s consciousness. “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17).
Studying our Bible to renew our minds gradually gives us a clear picture of our identity in Christ Jesus, and it helps us root out lies and misinformation that contradict the Word. It also keeps us grounded in the knowledge of who we really are in Him when the enemy attacks. “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26). This is something the devil doesn’t want us to realize. Letting this thought permeate our consciousness changes everything!
So understand this: Sin is a nature. That is why when Bro Paul would write to the church in Corinth to correct them of some things that were obviously wrong, he didn’t refer to them as sinners, he called them saints! Because that is who we are in Christ Jesus. We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We are justified by faith, not by works lest anyone should boast. That is why it is called a gift. If it was to be earned by your dos and don’t-dos, then it would be salary or pay-slip. But no, it is a gift and that’s why I would forever be grateful!
So when the devil comes to overwhelm you with guilt and sin consciousness, be quick to remind him of who you are and reassure your heart. The handwriting of ordinances that was against you, Jesus has nailed to the cross, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.
As you guard your heart, guard the windows that lead to your heart. Don’t watch or listen to things that exalt sin above the work of Christ. Sin and his senior brother, death has been defeated over two thousand years ago on the cross. You actually have the power to live above sin because of your faith in Jesus. Surround yourself with books, movies, songs, and people that would help focus more on Jesus. Focus on HIM.
Finally, note, on the cross, the wrath of God was satisfied. For the man in Christ, God is no longer angry with you. God is pleased with you because you believe in His son. Yes, we may fall, but we don’t remain there… because we no longer have that nature. We have the nature of God. Even though a sheep falls into the mud as he follow his shepherd, he doesn’t become a pig. He still is a sheep and when he rises, he shakes off the dirt. The ones he cant shake off, his shepherd lovingly washes it off. That’s how it is with God and his children. It is not about our actions… It is more about our nature, the nature of God.
This isn’t in anyway a license to live anyhow. In fact, if you truly grasp the depth of Jesus’ sacrifice, sin would become detestable to you. Honestly, we have been made for good works and good works we shall exhibit as we live this life. If you fall, get up quickly… run back to the Father. He is able to help you back on track and when he says you are forgiven (as He does in His word), believe that you are and act like you are.
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