Walking the plank

Can you believe I used to believe that God had to forgive my sin, no matter what, because of the blood of Jesus?  Some may say like I did, “Doesn’t He?” 

I used to live that life of sin and not care because I understood that God was a loving God and He forgives us of our sins because of the work of Christ on the Cross.  Now I never have done any big sins, if you want to categorize them as so, but I had a rebellious heart.  I didn’t fear God.

It wasn’t until last year that I admitted that I didn’t fear God.  I had to admit it, because I kept reading in scripture about fearing God.  Now put that with yesterday’s post, and boy was I in trouble doctrinally. 

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:[1]

I wanted to believe the lie that all we need to do is keep repenting and forgot that I needed to live a holy life before God.  I bought into the lie of the security we have in a sinful lifestyle. 

Yes, God is merciful, and yes He loves us, but we have a responsibility to Him as believers who say we love Him.

If ye love me, keep my commandments.[2]

Instead I had become like Esau

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;  Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.  For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.[3]

As believers we are to live holy lives so we will not be like Esau, cut off from the very thing we have sought after, because we lived the lie, that it was ok to sin here and there and maybe there, at least not too much here.

I have walked the plank and it is with a new fear of the Lord that I look back on it and cry for God’s mercy in my life.  Let us believe The Gospel According to the Gospel and live a life of Holiness, a life that can not sin because His seed remains in us. 

[1] Hebrews 12:14

[2] John 14:15

[3] Hebrews 12:14-17

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