And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11
The majority of people in the world live as they want to live, with only the goal of a happier, easier life some day. In the process of getting that happier, easier life there is very little standards that need to be held.
It is pretty much that anything goes, as long as it makes one happier and life easier and does not harm anyone else directly.
Paul had just described a long list of types of sinners. Now he tells the Corinthian believers that is who they once were, but they are now washed, sanctified and justified by Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Every person who is a believer in a church, was a sinner who had nothing to do with God and His commands on how to live at some point in their life. While he may not have been a murderer, he may have been a liar, a cheater, sexually immoral, a gossiper, jealous or more. All of these things make him a sinner equal to a murderer.
Now that one is a believer, his life must be changed. He can no longer live in sin, regardless of how little or how big that sin is.
At the moment one chooses to follow Jesus, repenting of his sins, he is cleansed of all past sins. He is also given God’s Holy Spirit to give him strength and direction to change and be a new creation in Christ Jesus. He is no longer what he was, but someone new in Jesus. The past slate of doing wrong is washed away and a new life is given.
If you have chosen to follow Jesus and have repented of your sins, you are a new person. Since you are no longer who you once were, do not allow the past sins to rise up and control you.
Choose to no longer be a slave to sin, but a slave to God and His righteousness. The more you focus on being like Jesus, the less you will focus on sinning against God.
Jesus paid the price for all of your sins, do not allow yourself to go back to those sins or to any new ones.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to change you into a new creation; that God will give you strength to turn from all sin; that God will reveal areas in your life that are controlled by past sins; and that you will know the cleansing God has done for you.
There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. Luke 12:2
Privacy is something that is a cherished item in the hearts and lives of many people all over the world. People want to be able to do or say what they want in private and nobody else will know about it.
Walls are built up and high level security is set up around people in order to maintain their privacy. These walls are both physical and virtual to keep other people from seeing what is going on in private.
As Jesus warned the disciples about the Pharisees, He told them that there is nothing hidden or concealed that will not be revealed and made known.
No matter how much people attempt to conceal and hide something that is bad, there is usually a time that it is revealed. The news is constantly full of cases of revelation of ‘good’ people getting caught up in some concealed wrong-doing. This is found in the people in the church just as much as people not in the church.
People feel that just because nobody is physically around and they are alone, that no one will know about what they are doing. This type of thinking forgets that God is everywhere and see and knows all things. God has the ability to reveal what is going on in secret. Every believer must know and remember that there is nothing God cannot see.
God does not reveal sin in order to destroy a person, but to draw him towards Him. When sin is revealed, many will confess and repent of it. Only when it is revealed can God work in the life of a person to destroy the power and destruction of the sin.
You may feel that what you are doing in secret is hidden and no one knows about it. God knows about it and will be willing to reveal it, if you choose to continue to live in secret sins. Hiding secret sins will only bring about embarrassment and death to you later.
If you do not release them to God now, God will eventually break it open to everyone revealing what was being done. Allow God to break the hold those sins have over you when done in secret. God only wants what is best for you, allow Him to work in your life and change it.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will give God all your secret sins; that you will allow God to change your life; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to living a holy life for Him; and that God will not have to do a revealing of anything bad in your life.