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How to Be a Better Sinner

March 18, 2011

We are all sinners. There is no escaping it. We are all at varying stages of our life journey, and our Christian walk. We all stand behind an ‘under construction’ sign at any time, even when we are on our knees worshiping God from the heart.

This fact is being lost in today’s multi-god, multi-religion, ‘pick and choose’ Christianity. We pick out what we want, ignore what we don’t, and then get angry at God when he doesn’t give us everything we want or answer our prayers. None of this is biblical.

Romans 3: 9-10 “…. for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin…”

Romans 3: 23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

I Believe in Jesus. I think.p>

What does it mean to believe in Jesus? Not just believing He existed. Even the demons believe in Jesus, yet their belief will not incite grace and forgiveness from God.

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)

It doesn’t mean that we can say a sinner’s prayer and then receive a ‘Get Out of Hell Card Free’ from God, as we go living our lives anyway we want. We need to look at our hearts, for that is where salvation grows. This belief answers the question ‘Am I Saved?’ It is important, because no one can be saved without going through Jesus. The following answeres “What doe sthe bible say about Salvation, and are we saved by grace alone?” Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 4:4; John 10:9. All these verses attest to the fact that we need to believe in Jesus.

    But there is more: The following verses have more to say.

  1. John 3:3b Except a man be born again, he cannot see Kingdom

    Matthew 18:3 Be converted and become as little children

    John 1:13 Born, not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of God

    Romans 12:2a Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind

    2Corinthians 5:17 If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature

    1Peter 1:23 Born again, not of corruptible seed, but…by the Word of God

    2 Peter 3:9 Not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

    Romans 10:9; 10-12 Confess with your mouth. For wohoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

    Acts 3:19 Repent Therefore and be converted’

    1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins

    John 14:15 If you love me, you will obey what I command and I will ask the father and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever

    1 Peter 3:21 baptism that now saves you

    Acts 2:38 Repent and be baptized

We notice that there is a pattern: Belief, Repentance; Confession; Baptism; Conversion into a new person.

The crutch of the message is that we are converted into God’s righteousness. We change. We act different. This doesn’t happen instantly. It is a life long journey. God is working on us – we are under construction. This is why Jesus said that you can tell a Christian by their love. They are a new person. God is love. God’s children love.

There are other testimonies to salvation. Faith is a strong one. Trust in God is a strong one. Action, not just sitting in church but continuing God’s kingdom, or being someone who does, not thinks about doing. These are all testaments to God’s presence in a person’s life.

We will all be sinners until the day that we die. However, we can work to become better sinners by working out our salvation on a daily basis by letting God and the Holy Spirit convert us into the righteousness and obedience that ignites God’s love within our hearts.


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