We reap the consequences of the sins that we sow. However, we don’t always reap in the same season that we sow. Are you still harvesting crops from some sins in your past?
I love Psalm 130:3-4 which says, “If You, Lord, should mark iniquity, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.”
Why do we sin when our sin-debt was paid for in full? 1 Peter 2:24 says, “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we who have died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed.”
I encourage you to read Isaiah 53 often to keep Jesus’ death fresh in your memory bank. The word of God that is hidden in our heart’s reservoir will rise up as a testimony each time we are tempted to sin.
The temptation to sin is a deceptive ploy. In the face of that temptation we must remember that we are DEAD to sin. It no longer has power over us. We have been freed from satan’s rule. He only has sway over those who are disobedient. Ephesians 2:2 says, “…the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.”
Let the consequences from past sins be like a mental memorial stone. Put a HUGE sign on it which says ‘That was then, this is now.’ Jesus’ death on the cross cancelled satan and his minions’ power over us! Jesus triumphed over them through the cross.
The only way a believer can sin is through willful disobedience.James wrote about the progression of a temptation. Then in verse 16 he said, “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.” The more of God’s truth that we experientially know and apply to our lives, will be the sentinel within that warns of a hidden temptation. Remember that when we sin against the Lord we are trampling on His grace.