Declaring To Sinners Their Sin

July 9, 2013

“But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.” (Micah 3:8)

Are we? Are God’s people filled with His Spirit’s power and boldness and obedience to God? If so, we will be declaring to sinners their transgressions against God’s holy laws. Transgression is to break a rule or code of conduct. It is to step over the bounds and make offense. It is to commit a crime. To transgress is to sin. And “sin is lawlessness.” (1 John 3:4) It is to rebel against the Most High God.

To rebel against the Most High is no light matter. It is like the detestable sin of sorcery (1 Sam. 15:23), the vile practice of consorting with demons. (Dt. 18:10-12) Everyone who invites the demonic realm into their circumstances is abhorrent to God. Whether or not they believe they’ve invited demons in, they have, for by sinning, they have submitted themselves to the ruler of evil. (1 John 3:8) This is what rebels against God’s Word are doing. By their rebellion, by their sin, they are inviting demons to influence them, speak to them, and soon completely control them. How horrifically foolish!

There are two kingdoms in the universe –God’s and the devil’s. They are at war with each other. God’s Kingdom is going to win, but in the meantime, the Lord allows the battles to sift out the weak, the cowardly, and the rebels –even as He gives them all chance after chance to open up their eyes to their awful situation and run to the Savior. Furthermore, He is using the battles to strengthen His servants. He is doing so that we might grow powerful for the advancement of His Kingdom. Are we rising to this calling? If we claim we are, then how? What are we doing to prepare ourselves? Not just in the big picture, but daily, hourly, every minute?

When we get attacked by the devil’s servants –those who “hate good and love evil” (Micah 3:2)– or from those invisible fiery darts the prowling, scheming lion himself shoots our way (Eph. 6:11,12,16 // 1 Peter 5:8), what do we do? Are we in the practice of, immediately, whether we feel like it or not, adjusting our armor and holding higher our shield? (Eph. 6:10-17) Do we know how to pray and praise God “in the Spirit on all occasions”? (v. 18) We will not be able to do this when we get whammed hard with debilitating fear, depression, or other temptations of sin –unless we’ve been practicing holiness, unless we’ve been preparing in God’s Word and putting it to practice in the fields, unless we are in the habit of consistently telling evil, “Never! Get out!”

Preparation takes time. It takes diligence. It takes self-control and will-power. We have the Spirit’s power available to us if He is in us, but we ourselves are nevertheless the ones who must choose to rev up the forcefulness. (1 Cor. 4:20 // Eph. 3:20) As Jesus tells us, the Kingdom of Heaven advances forcefully through forceful men. (Matt. 11:12) No warrior can expect victory if he doesn’t advance, and he can’t do that if he is not courageous and forceful. But that’s certainly not possible if he’s ill-prepared.

Enlightenment of how to prepare comes only to the obedient. God’s Spirit tutors only those who are willing to learn and obey and act upon what He has already taught them. It is important to take breaks for rest, but these breaks do not mean time-outs for sinning! Sin is no longer an option. (1 John 3:6,9) Each servant of Christ “is done with sin” (1 Peter 4:1) and therefore “he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.” (v. 2) Does this verse reveal any license to sin –ever? It does not. Does it give us permission to step away from God’s will sometimes and dabble a little in our own will, in whatever we so desire to do or say or think? It does not. Our every minute is His. He is gracious and kind and delights to bring us good things, including joy and feasting and celebrations, but only as we walk in His will. He’s the Boss. Whoever doesn’t like this set-up does not adore the King, does not belong to the King, and will not live forever with the King. Instead, he will live forever in the place made for his master, the devil. (Matt. 25:41,46)

Do some people not like to hear these Truths from God’s Word? Well, those who don’t will reap the consequences. They and all who listen to them. And they will be ever so sorry. Sorry forever that they did not listen to exhortation after exhortation that came from the Spirit of God within those who are filled with His power –His power to declare to sinners their transgression and sin and rebellion.

with love,

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