Sin Disables; Stop Sinning

During our family renewal communion services, there’s usually a segment coordinated by the children.  Recently, during one of such segments, the youngster who preached said something that caught my attention. She said she made a vow that she was not going to sin for one month. And some of her fellow kids, who heard her, sneeringly told her that she was acting holier-than-thou.

The point, however, is this: Your goal in life, at this season, should be to stop sinning. I pray for you that if you are living in sin, by the end of this teaching, you will receive the power to live a holy life, in the name of Jesus Christ.

“Later, Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, ‘See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you. ”
~John 5: 14

In the miraculous healing of the crippled man at the pool of Bethesda, we see that sin causes ill heath. First and foremost, this man’s condition was a result of sin. Sin has a disabling effect. It caused the man to become disabled; and consequently, stagnant.

Let’s look at another place where Jesus Christ revealed that sin was the cause of someone’s problem.

“Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat, and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of the Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, He said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.’”
~Luke 5: 18-20

The moment Jesus saw their faith, he decided to heal the man. It is significant that the first thing he did was to say to the man, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”  In other words, the root of his problem was sin. Jesus dealt with the root of the man’s sickness first, before he could experience God’s miraculous healing.

The cause of so many problems in our lives – like the man at the pool of Bethesda, and the paralytic that was lowered down the roof – is sin.  It lies at the root of a lot of the problems that you are facing in your life today. And the moment it is dealt with, you will experience progress.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”
~Proverbs 14: 34

Righteousness exalts a person, a family, a business, a community, an enterprise, a project, a mission; but sin is a reproach. Many people are suffering as a result of sin. Ask God today for the grace to stop sinning, and to walk in true righteousness and holiness.

Memory Verse:
Proverbs 14: 34
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, I thank you that righteousness exalts a nation. Father, please enable me by the power of your in dwelling Spirit to stop sinning and walk in true righteousness, in Jesus’ mighty name.
Amen.

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