What God Does With Our Sin

What God Does With Our Sin

Tuesday Night Bible Study | Monday, June 22, 2020

One of the ways to learn how to totally surrender your life to the Lord is to also learn how to deal with your past regrets, no matter what form they may take.  Your past regrets may be a habitual sin, a failed marriage, or the betrayal of a friend.  The substance of your regrets may take on many forms.  But at the root, it is always the same problem.  And that problem is the fact we refuse to believe what the Scripture says about what God does with our sin and instead hold on to what we feel is right and justified.  For many Christians today, that is penance, self-condemnation, and our refusal to forgive ourselves.

Which brings us to the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” final question:  What does God do with our sin once we repent of it?  Or, what does the Scripture say about how God views our sins after we confess them to Him?

These are excellent questions.  But the answer depends on who we choose to believe:  God, and what He says about our sins in His Word or the ever-increasing lying voice of self-condemnation we hear in our own head.  And as with most of life after regeneration, God leaves the choice of victory or defeat entirely up to us.

It is ours to lose.


So, What Does God Do With Our Sin?

Before we begin with the specifics, remember what His Word says about condemnation.  Romans 8,  that incredible chapter begins like this:

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

But it gets much better.  Look how the same chapter ends:

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

Today, we will look at ten things God does when we sin, five today and five tomorrow.  Then, you will have the choice of where to place your faith.  In Him and His Word, which always leads to victory and a surrender of our past regrets.  Or to your flesh and its demand for restitution and penance, which leads to self-condemnation and loathing.

And as always, God gives the choice to us.

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462:  Learning How to Humble Yourself

462: Learning How to Humble Yourself

We have before us, in 2 Chronicles 7:14, an incredible if/then promise from God’s Word.  If we meet the requirements, the if’s, then God will respond in ways that only He can, the then’s.  And the promise of God is that He will forgive our national sin and heal our broken and troubled land.  There are four requirements and three promises in this passage.  The first requirement is for God’s people, you and I, to humble ourselves before the Lord.  Or, to make it more personal, God is telling His people to humble yourselves before He will move.

But what does that mean?  How is that done?  Are there some steps we can use to learn how to humble ourselves?  And, if so, what are they?


How Do We Learn to Humble Ourselves?

In this message, we will discover ten practical steps to learn how to humble ourselves before the Lord and others.  These steps are Biblical and simple, but incredibly hard, especially for those in our culture that have learned that humility and meekness somehow equate with wimpiness.  But nothing could be further from the truth.

As an example, we will look at a Greek word study showing the Biblical definition and history of the word, meek.  Unlike how we understand the word and the concept behind it today, both Moses and Jesus were described as meek.  So it has to mean something more than a man without leadership qualities who is incapable of making a decision.  It has to mean something else.  And when you understand the true meaning of meekness and humility, as used in Biblical times, I think it will help you understand how important and Christ-like it is to humble yourself before God and others.

Remember, the passage from 2 Chronicles 7:14 with both the conditions and promises:

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

The following is a study on 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Learning How to Humble Yourself.

To download the slides to this message, click – HERE

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461:  The Last Great Awakening

461: The Last Great Awakening

There is no need to spend any time talking about the lukewarm condition of the church in the West.  We all know.  In fact, we are all part of the problem.  And since we know and are part of the problem, we tend to just assume this is the way things are, and it’s best to just sit back, relax, and live with it.  But that’s a recipe for even more failure.  The spiritual event that will shock the church out of apathy and lukewarmness is what we call an “awakening.”  What we need is another Great Awakening like we experienced as a church and a nation in the past.  And maybe, this will be the last Great Awakening before the Lord comes.

But what is a Great Awakening and how does it happen?

A “spiritual awakening” can be defined as: “a socially-transforming spiritual movement.”  We can see “socially-transforming spiritual movements” all across our land, but not for the better. The spirit behind the rioting, hatred, anger, and destruction is demonic, and not of God.  It appears the dark side has beaten us to the punch when it comes to transforming our society.  But, according to God’s Word, that can always change.

A “revival”, on the other hand, is an individual or personal “spiritual rebirth which transforms a person, church, or community into the likeness of New Testament Christianity.”  But note, a personal revival must come before a national awakening.  The smaller gives way to the larger, the personal to the corporate, but only after some time.  It usually starts small before igniting.


Our Hope and Prayer for a Last Great Awakening

As believers, our hope is for the Lord to bring a great time of revival and personal spiritual awakening to His church.  Then, when the fires of church revival are burning, we hope for a national great awakening.

But how are we to prepare ourselves for this great event?  What can we do to help bring this all about?  Are there certain requirements the church has to meet in order for God to heal a broken, sinful nation?  And, if so, what are these all-important requirements?

We find them in a familiar passage often taken out of context to mean something it doesn’t really say.   And that passage is 2 Chronicles 7:14.  In this passage, God is speaking to Solomon about His people and His land:

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”


One Sentence, Two Verses

But notice, this verse is the second half of one, long sentence.  In order to understand 2 Chronicle 7:14, we must first read 2 Chronicles 7:13.  And when we do, we see God bringing judgment and calamity to His people and the land in which they live.  It is sobering.  Revealing.

“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people.”  And then the rest of the sentence which is a remedy for God’s judgment, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14)

There is so much here that we need to know as we see the American experiment possibly come to a close.  If you want to pray and prepare for our last, great national awakening, then keep listening.

The following is a study on 2 Chronicles 7:14 and the Last Great Awakening.bb

To download the slides to this message, click – HERE

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How to Surrender Your Life to the Lord

How to Surrender Your Life to the Lord

Tuesday Night Bible Study | Friday, June 19, 2020

We have been talking about a life of total surrender or total abandonment to the Lord.  We see examples of this kind of life in Scripture and in church history, but are pressed to know anyone personally who lives that way?  Which begs the question:  How do I surrender my life to the Lord?  Or, what are the steps to total surrender?  To my giving my all to Him?

These are great questions.  But when you ask someone the answer, they usually respond with something like this:

Give everything to God.

Really?  That’s all you’ve got for me?  Ok, like what?  What exactly do I surrender to the Lord?  And how exactly do I go about doing that?  You make it seem so easy with your pat answer, but I know it can’t be that simple.


How to Surrender Your Life to the Lord

Remember, to surrender your life to the Lord means to “yield ownership or control over what we consider ours:  our property, our time, our rights, our self.”   And the focus of our surrender is our past, present, and future.

We are to give Him our past regrets, our present problems, and our future ambitions.  This means we freely give Him our fears, our dreams, our weaknesses, our habits, our hurts, and our issues (hang-ups).  In essence, we give all of who we are, good, bad, and ugly, and allow Jesus to take control.

And what do we get in return?  It’s so wonderful it’s hard to put into words.  But let’s start with this:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:3-6)

And we’ve just scratched the surface.  If you want to know more, keep listening.

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Total Surrender, Total Abandonment to God

Total Surrender, Total Abandonment to God

Tuesday Night Bible Study | Thursday, June 18, 2020

One of the key requirements for having the kind of spiritual life we see in the heroes of our faith is an often neglected term: total surrender or total abandonment to God.  Or, to make it personal, to be surrendered totally or become totally abandoned to Him.  We see this concept in the works of Oswald Chambers and Andrew Murray and many of the other “higher Christian life” proponents of the last century.  It was a major theme in the Keswick Movement that had such a lasting effect in the first half of the twentieth century.  And the idea of total surrender or total abandonment to God is the foundation in the teaching of Jesus in John 15 about the vine and the branches and the art of “abiding in Him.”

But what does it mean to experience total surrender or total abandonment to God?


What is Total Surrender or Total Abandonment to God?

First, to surrender or experience total abandonment means to “yield ownership or control over what we consider ours:  our property, our time, our rights, our self.”  This is the key that unlocks the door to the
“abundant life” Jesus promised (John 10:10).  There is no other way.

In “My Utmost for His Highest”, Oswald Chambers defines total surrender this way:

Genuine total surrender is a personal sovereign preference for Jesus Christ Himself.

Then he gives this warning:

Beware of stopping anywhere short of total surrender to God. Most of us have only a vision of what this really means, but have never truly experienced it.

If you desire to surrender more of yourself to Him, by all means, keep listening.

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