Party On…………through Obedience.

Posted: February 26, 2014 in Thoughts from the Elders

I hate to rain on your parade, but….

If you are a Christian, I have bad news for you , sin isn’t fun anymore. Oh in the moment sin produces a temporary sense of pleasure. But for the Christian, the Holy Spirit that dwells in each of us reminds us that we are no longer slaves to sin and that sins robs us of our joy in the Lord.

I read recently that joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope. It is something or someone that provides a source of happiness.

When we receive Christ we are given a new joy that is beyond description. Our sins are forgiven, our past is wiped clean and we are a new creation.(2 Cor 5:17) We become a child of God. As we pursue the Christian walk, We all struggle with sin in our lives. We either reject it outright, we find ways to justify our actions or we yield to the Holy Spirit and repent and ask forgiveness.

As a Christian, sin takes on a new meaning. As a non-believer, sin is simply the gratification of the flesh. It is what I want in the moment and it will bring me the emotional or physical pleasure that I am seeking. But as a Christian, the Holy Spirit reminds us that it was sin that separated us from our relationship with God. He reminds us that sin is the reason that Jesus hung on the cross. That sin leads to death. Bottom line, sin is a bad, bad thing.

We were created to be in communion with God. Sin destroyed that communion. Thankfully, God so badly wanted to restore that relationship, that he was willing to have his Son die so that we can be his children again.

For the Christian, sin can’t be fun anymore. In the moment, sure there will be short lived sense of “me, mine, I”, but very quickly you will be robbed of true joy that comes only from our relationship with

Jesus. We have so much more as Christians. We have the inner peace of knowing that we are forgiven. We are loved unconditionally. We have the blessed hope of eternal life in communion with the Creator of the universe. We are children of God.

So I say, Party On…………through obedience.

Romans 8:12-14 – So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Written by Ken Stoller – GCC Elder

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