Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Is it possible for us as Christians to live our lives completely free from sin? I know that we have all sinned at one time or another in our lifetime. The Bible makes it perfectly clear that all have fallen short of the glory of God.
Everyone may have his or her own opinion on this subject. However, I am not interested in opinions. I am only interested in what the Bible has to say.
Jesus said in Mark 9:23, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.”
First let’s qualify what is meant by the phrase “all things”. I think that it would be safe to assume that most Christians would agree that anything that is God’s “will” could be placed in the category of “all things”.
Therefore, if it is God’s WILL for us to stop sinning, then it would seem logical to put the phrase “living your life free from sin” in place of the phrase “all things”. After making the substitution, this is how the scripture now reads, “If you can believe, then living your life free from sin is possible to him that BELIEVES.”
Lets look at Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
The same procedure may also be applied to this scripture that we just did in Mark 9:23. Here is what we have when we put the phrase “live my life free from sin” in place of the phrase “all things”, “I can live my life free from sin through Christ who strengthens me.”
The word “Christ” here simply means anointed. So when we see Jesus Christ, or Christ Jesus written in the Bible it would be helpful for us to translate the word “Christ” as “anointed”, or “the anointed one” in our minds. Hence, Jesus Christ would be, Jesus the anointed, and Christ Jesus would be, the anointed one Jesus. It now becomes apparently clear to us that it is the ANOINTING of God that strengthens us and enables us to live our lives free from sin.
1 John 3:8 says, “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
It is crystal clear from this scripture as well as many other scriptures that sin is one of the works of the devil. And it was for this very purpose that Jesus came into the world as the Son of man to destroy sin.
The word “destroy” here means to ruin completely so that restoration is impossible. In other words Jesus came to totally eradicate sin from our lives, even to the point that it would be impossible for sin to creep back into our lives. The word destroy also means to do away with, get rid of, to put an end to, render useless, to defeat completely. Jesus came to do away with, get rid of, and put an end to sin in our lives so that the restoration thereof would be impossible.
In other words, Jesus came to put an end to sin in our lives, to set us completely free from sin. The Bible clearly tells us in Romans 6:14 that sin shall not have dominion over us. Satan is no longer our god. The blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ our Lord, has DESTROYED every last bit of rule or influence that he once had over us. Satan may still be the god of this world, but praise be to God, ” He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” 1 John 4:4
Romans says it like this, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”
It all comes down to a choice. It is that simple! Are you going to yield yourself to what tempts you, or are you going to obey the word of God and live your life free from sin? One definition of yield means to give up, surrender, to be overcome. When you give into sin, in reality you are being over come by the enemy, Satan.
Are you seeing it yet? It is your choice! You are under no obligation to sin. God’s word clearly declares in the book of Deuteronomy 30:19, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;”
Scripture of the day: “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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