“Happy in Sin”

 

 

7/3/2017

 

For every passing year that goes by in my life as a pastor, I see an increasing adaptability to sin in the lives of professing Christians. Once upon a time, it was shameful to a Christian to be found in Sin. Firstly, Christians would be heartbroken on a personal level between their self and their relationship with Christ. It was once said that in today’s culture, “Sin is nothing, and Nothing is Sin.” Unfortunately, that has become the normative outlook inside the modern-dayChurch.  

When we come into right relationship with God through Christ Jesus, part of our conversion is coming to the realization that Christ and Christ alone had to die on the cross to redeem us. It’s easy to sit back and think to ourselves; “how wonderful it is that Christ died on the cross for our sins.” It certainly is a wonderful thing, but dare we never forget that there was NO Other way we could be redeemed! As Evangelist and Missionary, Paul Washer said in a sermon, “Should we not say aloud, Christ Died, and then just pause and consider that thought!” He died so that we don’t have too! 

My heart is challenged today to always be grieved when I Sin. May our churches (the people inside the Church) be absolutely heart-broken every time we Sin! We shout Grace to the rooftops! We shout Grace so much that it has become a Generic term in our Christian Circles! We will never feel the weighty nature of God’s Amazing Grace until we understand the weighty Nature of the Cross at Calvary. That awful weight, that excruciating weight, that skin tearing weight; Yes, it was your sin and mine!  

James spoke in His Little letter about a pathway to experiencing true Grace. Nowhere in this pathway are we to ever be Happy in Our Sin. Nowhere are we to ever find joy in our Sin! Nowhere are we ever to seek the approval of others in our sin and trade that out as God’s stamp of Grace! No, James calls us to 

Be afflicted in our sin. This literally means that we’re to be Miserable in our Sin! James calls us to Mourn in our Sin.  This literally means to wail and cry over our sin! James calls us to let our laughter be turned to Mourning, and our joy to Heaviness! James 4:9–Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.”

 
We must get past the mindset that Sin is no big deal once we’re saved. Sin is DEADLY! We all sin, but we all do not react to Sin in a Biblical way! James goes on to tell us in James 4:10, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” You can only humble yourself before the Lord when you cease to be 

Happy in Sin. James tells us in James 4:6

–“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” We don’t get God’s grace on our terms, we get God’s grace on His terms! 

If you’re saved but are seemingly Happy in Sin! You, my friend are experiencing the Longsuffering of our God! God only gives Grace to the humble, I urge you to repent of your sins, come to Christ with a broken heart over your Sin and He will forgive you! Run from Sin, and may Sin never become a place of Happiness to you! 

 

In His Grip, 

Pastor Ancel


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