M1D6 – Concerned About Personal Sin

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Today we are continuing  in our study of the steps people go through on their path to saving faith and becoming transformed by God.  At step three in this journey, people become concerned that sin exists in their lives.  They are aware they have broken some type of “law” or moral standard which exists outside of themselves.  Awareness of personal sin and the desire to do something about it is a step that all followers of Christ have been on, however brief.

3. Concerned about the Implications of Personal Sin

Aware of their conscience, people at this step start to think – “What should I do about this sin?”  This is in stark contrast to the people in step two with “seared consciences”.

When God made you, He gave you a built-in “firewall” to protect you from making destructive decisions. Without this firewall, man is prone to destroy his life and the lives of others by choices that go against God’s will. This firewall is known as the human conscience.

Your conscience is a gift from your Creator. He gave it to you because He loves you and He wants to help you do the right things. He wants you to feel guilty about your sin, and to feel good about His love and forgiveness. When there is no guilt over sin, there is no awareness of the danger you are facing and the harm you are causing.

Source: https://www.christianpost.com/news/a-seared-conscience-no-longer-accuses-you-98625/

People at this step feel guilt when they do wrong, and feel good when they do right.  As such, they try to live at least somewhat morally.  When they act against their morals, they feel guilt.  This guilt is a gift from God, meant to propel the person towards the solution to that guilt – Jesus Christ.  The Bible calls this guilt the “conviction of sin”.

And when [the Holy Spirit] comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:  concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer;  concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.  (John 16:8-11 ESV)

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Feelings in this step can include:

  • guilt
  • shame
  • remorse
  • condemnation
  • foreboding of punishment
  • knowledge of right and wrong
  • pangs of conscience
  • anxiety at the thought of judgment

People who are aware of their sin and do not ignore it have a vague knowledge that they are accountable for it in some way.  However, they are not sure what they should do with this knowledge.  People often turn to spirituality and religion to try to assuage these feelings of guilt, shame, and anxiety.  They also may turn to secular psychology to try to find a solution.  They are lost… and know at least on some level that they are lost.

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People at this step may search actively or passively for a solution to their sin.  They may become devout followers of religion.  Ideally, they will progress to step four and hear about Jesus.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.” (Luke 19:10 ESV)

 George Barna’s research found that approximately 39% of the population claiming to be “Christian” falls into step three.

Please Pray With Me:

Oh Lord, thank you for the gift of my conscience.  Use my conscience to propel me straight into Your arms.

In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Amen

Today’s Assignment:

For today’s task, I was looking for testimonies of believers who have come through this step.  What I found, however, were testimonies of people who have gotten stuck here.  One in particular struck a chord in me.  One young man describes how he progressed from being a staunch atheist (step 2) , to seeking answers in love, spirituality, Hinduism, energy forces (New Age), meditation, and yoga (step 3).  He speaks of resonating in “higher consciousness”, and living his life based on compassion and love.  He states that he has found the kingdom of God within himself.  Unfortunately, this young man does not seem to be aware of a need for forgiveness.  He is aware of Jesus and the message of Christianity, but has rejected its’ truth.

In his personal story, this man relates that the word “god” left a bad taste in his mouth.  My friends, God isn’t just a word.  He is THE Word.  He is a Being.

Please watch:

Place in This World (Michael W. Smith) – 80’s throwback 🙂

Place In This World

The wind is moving
But I am standing still
A life of pages
Waiting to be filled

A heart that’s hopeful
A head that’s full of dreams
But this becoming
Is harder than it seems

Feels like I’m
Looking for a reason
Roamin’ through the night to find
My place in this world
My place in this world
Not a lot to lean on
I need your light to help me find
My place in this world
My place in this world

If there are millions
Down on their knees
Among the many
Can you still hear me

Hear me asking
Where do I belong?
Is there a vision
That I can call my own?

Show me, I’m
Looking for a reason
Roamin’ through the night to find
My place in this world
My place in this world
Not a lot to lean on
I need your light to help me find
My place in this world
My place in this world

What a Beautiful Name (Travis Cottrell)

 

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