Title: HAS GOD LEFT YOU? – 1
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake youHebrews 13:5
There is a dilemma in which most believers find themselves when they “fall short” one way or another. Quickly let me say. It is not sinlessness that makes a believer different from the unbeliever. It is righteousness that makes the difference. And this righteousness is a result of what the gift of eternal life imparted into the believer through the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus).
Through righteousness, the believer not only has access into God’s presence but also has a stand, a voice, before the Father. So a truly saved believer does not plan, practice and enjoy sin as a way of life. I’ll repeat this in other words: a true Christian hates sin. If you love sin and enjoy sinning as a professing christian, then your faith is questionable. The life of the Spirit is an enemy of the sinful lifestyle. – 1John 1-3
So, when a believer falls into an error of sin and is overwhelmed with the sense of guilt, what should they do? How about the feeling of emptiness that arises on the inside? How about the feeling of loneliness, like God has “left”?
First things first, the child of God is not a sinner because of the new nature he now bears (2Cor. 5:17 & 20). This new nature is not compatible with sin nor comfortable in it. So, a believer can sin but CAN’T continue to sin comfortably. If there is any believer who does this, then they’ve left the faith and has denied it’s transforming power. They’ve burnt their consciences beyond sensitivity and have become like the dog that goes back to its vomit. – 2Peter 2:21-22, 1Tim. 4:2
So, what should a believer do when they find themselves in this place? Repent, turn to the Lord, seek mercy and forsake the sin and the accompanying shame/guilt -1John 1:9-2:2; Heb. 4:13-16. Is this a license to sin? No, God forbid. Romans 6 makes it clear that we have been delivered from the power of sin, so we can’t be subject to its lifestyle again, lest we make God a liar.
We might have been delivered from the power and consequence of the sin nature, but this doesn’t mean we have been delivered from the presence of sin in this world. That you got saved didn’t take you or sin away from the world physically. Sin is still very much here and so is the temptation. But now you live by faith in the Spirit of life in you which enables you to live above the sin that holds men captive. So, when you find yourself in error, don’t commit suicide or avoid God. Run to Him immediately and repent of that error, walking away free.
This is what God wants you to know today. His first thought is not rejection or judgment. Instead, His first thought is mercy and deliverance. So, your Father isn’t thinking of killing or abandoning you because you fell. Rather His first thought is to catch and restore you. Run back to Him today and He promised to take you back and cleanse you.- Luke 15
Call on Him now and lay it bare before the only One who knows what happened and why, and can save you from it.
God bless you