Hello my friends! We’re continuing our journey and study on 1 John. This John, the Great Apostle who saw Jesus walk on the water, feed the 5,000, give sight to the blind, and raise the dead is shepherding us forward in Christ. We see that John is writing to his children in the faith (1 John 2:1) and he’s writing so that they, and WE, do not sin. Sunday we talked about steps to take so that we don’t sin:
Examine our thoughts and attitudes about sin: this is where the battle begins. Do we view sin as a grievous act against God that separates us from Him and kills us? Or, is it something simply to be managed? Check out Philippians 4:8.
Know your weak spots. What areas are you especially prone to fall into sin? We all have these areas as can be seen in Hebrews 12:1-2. What are yours?
Set up guards in your life, specifically around these areas and in general. This can range from an accountability partner to getting rid of apps from your phone, etc. I shared on Sunday that I am taking a break from Facebook due to the frustration I personally felt in response to some posts recently. It’s just better to have guards up for our hearts.
Be where you are supposed to be, 2 Sam. 11. This is the account of David not going to war when kings were supposed to, in the spring, and he falls into sin with Bathsheba. I can’t help but wonder, would David have fallen into sin if he had been with the army and not at his palace? So, my friends, be where you’re supposed to be!
Walk in the Spirit, as Paul exhorts us in Galatians 5:16, so that we don’t walk in the flesh or our sin nature. It’s only through the power of being filled with the Holy Spirit and walking in Him that we can resist sin and do what God would have us to do.
“But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” The conjunction “but” shows that these two thoughts are linked and that if we do sin, we have One who is Righteous and can advocate for us, for Jesus alone is the propitiation or atonement for our sins, 1 John 2:2. My friends, let us not stay stuck in our sin but turn to Jesus, who cleanses us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn. 1:9)!