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Our Sin Should Lay us at His Feet [podcast]

“Sin lieth at the door.” Genesis 4:7

One writer takes a shot at this in the following words:

“Jesus died for our sins. He is the sin offering for all humanity: past, present, and future. So the offerings in the Old Testament represent the Cross. So in short, if you reject the offering, meaning Christ and the Cross, ‘then sin lieth at the door.’ This means sin will DOMINATE you if any other method is used.”

“Sin lieth at the door” – Temptation to sin presents itself perpetually and this is why prayer, abiding communion, perpetual communication with the Savior, command central, is imperative. For therein does divine virtue flow into the life of the abiding, wayfaring saint. Sin entices and draws us to enter therein, to enter into its pleasure and grasp which leads to spiritual death (James 1:13-16).

If sin doesn’t matter to you it’s only because God doesn’t matter to you. He sent His only begotten Son to die to take it away (Matthew 1:21; John 1:29; Romans 6:1-2, etc.). Remember, the LORD is “Holy, holy, holy” and “commandeth ALL men everywhere to repent” and to “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (Acts 17:30; 1 Peter 1:15-16)

WHAT do we have without a heart after God? Religion (Acts 13:22).

This is why Jesus instructs and teaches us to:

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41

“Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” Hebrews 12:4

Let’s widen the lens on this passage, shall we?

Jesus is the Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” Hebrews 12:1-4 

Our sin is the occasion for God to show His mercy afresh on us!

“And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 12:14

Overcoming sin involves a truly abiding life with Christ – seeking His face “continually.”

“Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.” 1 Chronicles 16:11

Separated from Sin or Separated from God?

Repentance is ground zero the disciple must return to as often as needed.

“For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.” Psalms 5:4 

Separated UNTO the LORD so that we’re not eternally separated FROM Him (John 15:6).

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.” Hebrews 12:14-17

God is holy and therefore sin separates us from Him.

“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2

IF you still count one sin to be above another, it’s due to not yet understanding that God is “Holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8).

Sin sends the message for us to draw nigh unto the LORD James 4:6-10.

The same list of soul damning sins that includes fornication, murder, and adultery, also includes hatred, strife, envyings (Galatians 5:19-21).

Listen to the Holy Spirit through James:

“But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.” James 2:9-11

Any and all sin must never be taken lightly by the disciple of Jesus. Be not deceived: Unforgiveness will damn the soul to the same hell as adultery, murder, fornication, etc.

Of holiness, one writer notes:

“Holiness speaks more to nature than it does conduct. Good conduct is the spontaneous byproduct of the new nature of the new creation man thru the cross and death to the old man nature. We are new creatures in Christ (2 Cor 5:17-18). To preach holiness as conduct without the new nature thru the cross understand is legalism. Holiness is actually derived from ‘wholeness’, meaning the thorough transformation of the whole tripartite man (1 Thess 5:23). So many of these ‘holiness’ preachers are preaching nothing but conduct under law. Law arouses sinful passions and causes sin to increase and was given in order to provoke transgressions (Rom 7:5-20; Gal 3:21). They are enemies of the cross!”

NO, we can’t overcome sin through the works of the flesh, and yet, if your pastor is justifying sin, he’s a wolf (Galatians 3:3; Romans 4:4-5; 6:14, etc.). Is he  forthrightly, regularly preaching the preeminent biblical truth that God is “Holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8). Only through Christ’s cross prescription, and the resulting resurrection grace of the Spirit and grace of God, is sin conquered in the life of the individual saint (Romans 6:3-14; 8:13-14, etc.). Holy Scripture informs us that Jesus came and died to deliver His people from “ALL iniquity,” all (Titus 2:14). Jesus died, was buried, and raised again from the dead to save His people “FROM their sin” and not in their sin (Matthew 1:21; John 1:29). HE alone is able and as we come to Him afresh, laying down our lives, crying out “He must increase, but I must decrease,” the reciprocal divinely-enabling grace of Christ will begin working in our lives – as we look for the soon return of the Savior who’s coming back for a people, a church that is set apart to Him – to “present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (John 3:30; Ephesians 5:25-27).

We definitely want to stay completely clear of putting anyone in bondage, under the lie of thinking THEY have to overcome all sin, all by themselves. No. According to the record of Holy Scripture, Jesus finds and saves us, we abide in Him, working out (not for) our salvation with fear and trembling, and God works in His people “both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (John 15; Philippians 2:12-13, etc.). The follower of Jesus, willingly consenting to the cross daily, is raised up by the Holy Ghost, in the power of the divine Holy Spirit, living pleasing to the Father (Romans 8:11-14, etc.). “Trying to live the Christian life” in the flesh is a futile endeavor and yet submitting to Christ’s cross principle brings His resurrection life which produces “fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life” (Romans 6:22).

“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans 4:4-5

“Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:3

Yet it must be acknowledged that God is Holy and will not remain in fellowship with those who live in sin….

HIS children are responding to His initiating grace. Jesus beckons “Come unto me” and Paul tells us that as we work out (not for) our salvation with fear and trembling that it is “GOD which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Matthew 11:28-30; Philippians 2:12-13).

At times, do we not cry out in our toil, “But I just can’t do it!” True. But HE sure can, right? Yes – Ephesians 3:20 anyone? Jesus is always able to bring to pass what He stated in His Word, what He commands, expects, and ordains in our lives. No I’m not talking about some fleeting temporal trinket we may be asking Him for but rather His holiness in us, to truly be crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20). The cross is central to the Christian faith – beginning with Christ’s redemptive cross and then His requirement that those who would follow Him, to deny themselves, take up the cross (consent to being dead and buried, crucified with Christ), and follow Him (Luke 9:23-24).

If we don’t truly repent which always results in separation from sin, we shall be eternally separated from God (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 7:1 Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15-16).

WHAT’s so ugly about holiness? The Bible says holiness is beautiful. Why then do those pretending to represent the LORD despise and intentionally ignore this divine attribute, this essential doctrine?

Divine holiness is beautiful and how beautiful it is in our own lives. Four times, Holy Scripture informs us of how beautiful the holiness of God is ……

“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS.” Psalms 29:2

“O worship the LORD in THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS: fear before him, all the earth.” Psalms 96:9

“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the BEAUTY OF HOLINESS.” 1 Chronicles 16:29

“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the BEAUTY OF HOLINESS, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21

OUR LORD Jesus is “SEPARATE FROM SINNERS”“For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, SEPARATE FROM SINNERS, and made higher than the heavens” (Hebrews 7:26).

When wolves teach anything except the image of God conveyed through HIS Word, they teach a “another Jesus,” “another gospel,” under the influence of “another spirit,” (Satan) and are “accursed” (Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Corinthians 11:2-5).

Holy means separated unto God. Holiness is the work of God in the true born again, PRESENTLY abiding saints who love and therefore obey Jesus in the cross life daily. Make no mistake, this is the only Heaven-bound remnant (John 15:1-6; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; Hebrews 12:14; Revelation 2-3, etc.).  Holiness, separation to God begins in an instant, right where we are…. upon repentance, believing upon the LORD Jesus Christ, truly, by faith.

“…purifying their hearts by faith.” Acts 15:9 

Catering to counterfeits, fake preachers prove they have no fear of the LORD by their catering to the sin of men. They constantly confirm men in their sin that Jesus died to take away – to save them “FROM” and not in (Matthew 1:21; John 1:29; Titus 2:14, etc.). They are weak moral cowards and preach soft little sin-justifying messages that accommodate the sin of other compromisers who purposely ignore that the Judge of every eternal soul is “Holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8). These are the very peddlers of false grace Jude warned us about – the OSAS/eternal security wolves – “ungodly men.” Jude warns us that they are “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness (license to sin) (Jude 4).

Jesus came and died because God is Holy and cannot dwell with sinful beings. The fall of man made Jesus’ coming essential – to redeem, to forgive those who will ask. IF sin were not so severe – the eternal consequence of it, why did Jesus teach the extreme action of cutting off the hand, plucking out the eye of any sin that causes us to offend divine holiness? Mark 9:43-49 <<<< read this in the King James Bible because Satan’s fake “bibles” removed these words of Jesus and put a lie of a note in the margin to justify their wickedness.

Scripture says that sin brings death which is separation from God (Ezekiel 18:4; 33:12-13; Romans 6:23; James 1:15, etc.).

The deception of our own deceitful, desperately wicked hearts and Satan, is that God is somehow going to overlook the sin we refused to confess, repent of, and refused to die to, to rid our lives of. Not going to happen – doesn’t matter how special you think you are. If a person dies in sin – they are going to hell irrevocably. Gospel. The wages of sin is still death saints (Romans 6:23).

Without fail, those who teach Satan’s OSAS/eternal security heresy, never teach the essential Biblical truth that God is “Holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8). They’ve been taught a “check your ticket at the door” “eternal security.” They are made to believe that they are free to live in sin and are still going to Heaven, no matter what. But this is not what Scripture teaches. “Be ye holy for I am holy” is Holy Scripture never heard among the diabolical perpetrators of the OSAS heresy (1 Peter 1:15-16).  

WHO are we to question the Almighty? Repent and take Him at HIS WORD is what all true, all Heaven-bound disciples do!

Fasting earns nothing from God. No, a time of fasting and prayer is the wise decision to declare “Jesus, I love You and I want You to consume my life!” Saints, today is our day to drive our stake in the ground by scheduling a time of fasting and prayer (Matthew 6:16). Broken yokes, deliverance, wholeness, and fruitfulness for His glory await as Jesus manifests Himself in and raises up those that be bowed down (Psalms 145:14; Isaiah 58; 2 Corinthians 4:10-12; James 4:10).

In fasting, the flesh is starved while the spirit man is unshackled and released to soar. “Every yoke” shall be broken by the LORD (Isaiah 58:6). It’s the cross – death and burial of you while Christ frees and raises your life upward! Isaiah 58 saints.

Here are passages false teachers never mention and if they do, they attempt to soften the blow. Devils (1 Peter 1:15-16).

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1  

False preachers are too busy tickling your ears to teach Holy Scripture on the holiness of God! (See 2 Timothy 4:2-4.) Tickling ears = more nickels, noses, and numbers. It’s a busine$$ plan and you are their pawn!

Are we becoming more and more familiar (by study) with the Holiness of God – the only divine attribute He declares in triplicate – twice? (See Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8.)

ANY preacher who is not thoroughly teaching on the holiness of God, is absolutely a fraud. Run now!

Fake preachers are full of pride. They refuse to allow any man to hold them accountable. They oust anyone who knows God’s Word and asserts it (hopefully in HIS wisdom and love). | Are Most Ministers False? 

“Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. 20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.” Lamentations 3:19-26 

The divine economy is the cross economy. 

The Holiness of God and His Demand that We Be Holy

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