Sin is an ugly word that we all know what it means yet we do not know what it means. We rightly understand the meaning of sin according to the wisdom of this world. We in the church who worship the Lord have unwittingly taken the meaning of sin according to the word to be the biblical meaning. But I sense in my spirit that the Lord looks down and shakes his head as we can so often call sin by our standards.
In the book of Zachariah was called by the Lord to take a plumb line to the nation of Israel. As he did so the nation fell short of the standards the Lord expected from his covenant people. I believe that if we were open and honest with a humble heart as we began to study Gods word we would come up with an earthquake shake. WE would discover that what we call OK, righteous and good God calls this by another name: Sin.
I believe the Holy Spirit is saying, the understanding we have of the many things concerning the thoughts, standards and character of God our Father, are way off beam. I recall the verse from Isaiah 55:8 ~ “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
I have a fear that in this time of modernization and the notion that things must continually change, we have lost an understanding of the ‘holiness ’of God along with a fear of God our Father. Many of our younger generation are growing up with no respect for authority, which is being passed onto their attitude and feelings towards the authority of God. Before I become accused of singling out the ‘millennials’ there are many believers across all generations that do not have a solid foundation concerning the character and ‘ways’ of God.
This lack of knowledge of the Father comes back to a lack of biblical study; a reluctance to work out for ourselves what the scriptures truly says. I know not everyone has been called to the ministry, as I was and therefore can take four years out to study the scriptures full time. But this is no reason why anyone who has the desire to open the scriptures and their heart, to seek the face of God through his word, cannot know our Father, as Jesus was able to do.
The Word reveals God's character, personality, likes and dislikes, and actually is a doorway to His very presence as it opens up the portal into heaven. With this understanding we can allow the light of this knowledge to piece our inner most thoughts as in Hebrews ~ For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
I hear the Holy Spirit saying that we need more willingness of Gods disciples to study the word rather than allowing others to tell them what the word of God says. In the majority of cases there will be no error, only laziness on behalf of the hearer. But there is a chance, many will be deceived by ‘angels of light’ as they fail to have a sure footing in the word of God.
This ability to discern the word of truth is a ‘lost art’ among many sincere believers as they are tossed to and fro on the seas of error, deception and falsehood. Not that they would be able to discover their error by apply their mind; for only a reading of the ‘rhema’ word will break the fog of deception.
Hence we come back to a sound understanding of the Bible, not just as a devotional book only, but as the door way into the mind and heart of God our Father. . Our reading of it must be for more than a good feeling, or an encouraging word only; for the Bible is more precious than we can imagine. As Hebrews 5 says ~ In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Emphasis mine.
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I would like to add another thought I had as I was reading this. We get can get so accustomed to sin around us that it de-sensitizes us and becomes "normal" to the point that we slip into it as well. The first couple of years after my brain aneurysm, I wasn't able to watch television. It was just too much info coming at me. I had to be able to back it up, filter it, etc. When I was able to process things better I was horrified. Not being exposed to it for a prolonged period of time, I had become much more sensitive to what was being thrust in front of me. In the same way, when we have regular and meaningful fellowship with God, we become sensitive to Him and that's exactly what we need to be!