I am a researcher. I didn’t know this about myself until 4 years ago. I am very passionate about my research. What I research brings me great joy and contentment. I love traipsing through the words of my research, lounging around in them, sunning myself in their brilliance. Allowing the words to fall over me like a cool waterfall on a hot, humid day. Discovering the truths and nuggets of treasure these words offer. The words that I am passionate about are God’s. God’s word is my passion!
Recently I posted, “My Sins Are Forgiven: Do I Still Need to Confess and Repent?” Now, I’m not trying to “beat a dead horse”, but have you ever pondered something that you thought you laid to rest and it keeps waking up inside of you? That is what is happening here for me, as I think about my post and the comments, all of which I throughly enjoyed reading, and discussion has carried over beyond the internet, I sense the Holy Spirit bringing together some pieces of His intricately and beautifully woven tapestry. Some of which came together because of your well thought out comments. So, if I refer to your comment please don’t see it as a challenge, rather celebrate in your hearing from the Holy Spirit and your part in what he wants us to discover as His children.
My anointing is to teach God’s word, hence my passion for researching His word! I take this blessing, this spiritual gift very seriously. Never would I intentionally teach falsely and at the same time I am open to correction and your insight. Isn’t that part of the beauty of community? We can discuss, learn and grow together, in love and grace. I am so blessed by my faith family and I hope you are by yours.
Since my previous post won’t lay down and go to sleep, I decided I needed to spend some time exploring this with the Holy Spirit. The first thing that came up was identity in Christ, one of my favorites! One comment voiced the concern that if we put emphasis on confessing our sins, that might cause one to continue feeling unworthy. While I understand how this could happen, a red flag went up for me. “Why,” I asked the Holy Spirit, “would this cause a lingering feeling of unworthiness?” “The answer” He whispered, “is not knowing or understanding one’s identity in Christ.” This comes back to the core foundation of our relationship with God. The more we choose to nurture and cultivate a deep and intimate relationship with him, he begins to speak to our heart who we are in Him. How he see’s us whenever he looks at us. So many Scriptures come to mind, but I believe this one is what He wants us to know right now:
But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation Colossians 1:22
Precious One, do you understand that when God looks at you, you are holy in his sight? He doesn’t see any blemish on you, anywhere. The enemy can accuse you, slander you and say whatever he wants about you until the cows come home, but you are free from his accusations, hallelujah! God loves you so deeply and so richly that nothing can separate you from his love for you, not even when you stumble and sin.
What about sin? As a believer in Jesus does sin stand in the way of our fellowship with God? According to the truth of God’s word in 1 John 1:6, yes, it does.
If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 1 John 1:6.
The truth is God, who lives in us by the power of His Spirit. If the truth is in us yet we still walk in the darkness because of sin our fellowship with God is broken until we choose to ask the Holy Spirit for help. The help we need is repentance, the turning away from sin. Now, in the research I did, I did not find the need for confession after becoming a believer in Christ. I did find God’s word speaking much about repentance. Which ties into another comment about the renewing and transforming of our mind and I believe Romans 12:2 is the Scripture reference.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Roman 12:2.
My question is this: If we are allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us by the renewing of our mind, is He going to gloss over the sin in our life because all our sins have already been forgiven, past, present and future? Or, is he going to gently point out those area’s of our life that are causing broken fellowship with him so we can acknowledge these to him and ask him for his help in turning away? Precious One, with God there is never, ever any shame, unworthiness, guilt or condemnation. If the Holy Spirit is addressing sin in your life it is because He loves you and you need his help in being set free.
This brings us to living under grace. It is because of God’s grace that we are forgiven of all our sins. As we teach the truth about God’s forgiveness I believe we ought to also be addressing our identity in Christ, the truth that there is no condemnation in Christ, as well as, encouraging others to remember that God’s grace does not equal the liberty to sin. And, knowing that when we do sin, there is always a way out.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13.