There is an interesting phrase that is used by many Christians. If you have spent any time at all around the average Christian when they pray you will have heard it. It’s the phrase “Father forgive us of our many sins.” My question is do we have “many” sins and do we have to have them?
In the letter of 1 John it is written “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” Some take this verse to mean we sin all the time, but I believe this is saying we have all sinned. We know this from Romans 3:23 we have “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” So we know we have all sinned but does this mean we will always sin? Some even say we sin every day.
Another verse found in 1 John is “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Wow! Did you catch that? It says he writes this “so you may not sin.” Then he said “if anyone sins.” Could it be possible we are selling God short?
What if the “forgive us of our many sins” prayer and the “we sin every day” mentality is just a cloak for sin? I am not saying it is impossible for the believer to sin, but what if it is possible God can keep us from sin? After all Christ did die to set us free from sin. We are told we died to sin and we are now a slave to righteousness. How free are we? Are we living as free as Christ made us?
Sometimes I think the attitude that we sin every day is because we are confused about who we truly are. If we are our flesh then we are in trouble. If it is up to us to keep ourselves from sin then we are definitely in a precarious situation. I thank God he is the one keeping me. The last two verses of Jude say “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
As my friend Brian Coatney says, “God you and I both know that I will commit any and every sin if you don’t keep me and I thank you that you are keeping me.” Left to ourselves we will commit any and every sin possible, but if we are truly trusting in the Lord’s keeping how much can he really keep us from?
Sometimes what happens is we start to look within ourselves to find things that are sin. David said in the Psalms “search me O God and see if there is any wicked way in me.” I think David had it right that we need to let God show us if there is any sin. Could it be we are confessing sin that isn’t there? Maybe we are mistaking feelings, thoughts or temptation as sin.
If your heart is for God and you love him and don’t want to sin I think he will let you know if there is any sin. We are told to walk in the light as he is in the light…and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. Amen!
I can’t say it enough. I am not saying we are all sinless people. What I am saying is; are we enjoying fully what Christ’s death purchased? Did God send his son here to die knowing we would sin every day even after having the Holy Spirit take up residence within us? I think the cost of the only begotten Son of God was enough to provide us with much more victory over sin than we are enjoying.
Written by Louie