Sunday, February 26, 2012

What I have against the season of Lent as practiced by some:

I have been thinking about what a sin sin consciousness really is. We preach against all kinds of other stinkin thinkin, but we continue to remind people about their sin from the pulpit. YES, sin is a problem, people need to confess, repent, trust God that he made them clean, but there is a spirit about this time of the year in the Church Calender (Lent) where we can go overboard in the flesh and think it is spiritual.

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh? Gal. 3:3

Like the sweet souls who put up the little cross memorials where a loved one died along the road. Balloons, candles, pictures, flowers, notes, solar lights. You have seen them. Yet their loved one is gone. Dead. Probably better off if they knew Jesus as Lord. If not, there is nothing to this other than death consciousness. They are digging up bones. We need to see ourselves as dead to sin. Alive in Christ. Just like that person to whom the memorial was erected. We must get past this in our own lives.

In Colossians 3, Paul said “If you are risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

The deception is, "If I try hard enough, find the right steps, read the right book, hear the right sermon I will conquer this thing" Some people believe this is a "normal" Christian life.

Yet at this time of year, we erect memorials to the sin we were long ago forgiven of and if we have sinned recently the divine pattern is in place, Confession, Repentance and Faith in God. Instant. No remembrance. In the eternity of God, paid for on the cross in FULL. Trust him, tear down those memorials to your sin. You are truly NEW. Nothing remains of your sin. Unless you dig it up once more.

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