Dealing With Sin

Confession of sin is only mentioned in the Bible as being important in the context of becoming a Christian (1 John Chapter1:verses 8-10) and continuing sickness (James 5:14-16).

What we do, whether sin or not, is a result of what we believe, think and feel (Matthew 12:35; Romans 2:29).

The core of sin is unbelief, a failure to trust in God and His Word (Genesis 3:1; Matthew 4:3, 5, 9).

The problem with unbelief is that it makes sin look attractive and even good (Genesis 3:6; Romans 1:18-32).

When we sin our perception of our relationship with each other and God is broken so we hide in fear and shame (Genesis 3:7-8; Romans 1:18-32) even when God is still clearly seeking and talking to us (Genesis 3:9; 4:9-16).

God’s solution is to cleanse us from sin with Jesus’ blood (Hebrews 10:22) kill off our old broken sinful nature on the cross (Romans 6:6-7) and replace it with Jesus righteousness and powerful holy eternal life (Ezekiel 36:26; Ephesians 1:3-5) forgetting ALL our sins (Hebrews 8:12; 10:10, 17-18).

God credits us with Jesus righteousness effectively making us part of all the good things Jesus has done (1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 1:3). 

God implants in us the power required to live like Jesus (Ephesians 1:18-20; 2 Peter 1:3). 

But to learn to trust God in doing this we actually have to get to know Him personally and intimately (Jeremiah 4:22; 9:24; 31:34; Ezekiel 36:26-28).

Thus the main teaching of the New Testament is about renewing the heart/mind through repentance (repentance means changing your mind) and turning to God and receiving the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:2; Acts 2:38; 20:21).

The real solution to the unbelief which is at the root of sin is being with God, listening to Him and letting Him personally transform our inner person and thinking (Exodus 33:13; Ezekiel 36:26-28; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Hebrews 3:6-19).

Our response to God’s offer in Jesus:

Lord Jesus, I praise and thank You that You died on the cross to pay for all the things I have ever done and will ever do wrong. I thank You for that and accept now Your free forgiveness for all my rejection of You and God and cleansing from my sin. Thank You that You took that old me on to the cross and it died with You. Fill me now with Your Holy Spirit, raising me from the dead to eternal life now with God and You. Thank you for the new heart and new spirit You have placed within me that is founded on the character of God and physically joined to Your Holy Spirit. I praise and thank You that in You I am made totally new, whole and Holy, a full and complete child of God. Amen.

Name:………………………………………………………………………………………Date:   /   /

As a Christian we are new creations (John 3:5-6; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Colossians 3:9-10; Ephesians 2:10; 4:24). The old person that was sinful by nature died on the cross with Jesus (Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:24; 6:14; Ephesians 4:20-24; Colossians 3:1, 3, 9-10; 1Peter 1:23) because it was too damaged to renovate (Matt. 5:13-48).

You and I have been given a new identity which results from Jesus Personal Presence in us and our presence in Him, the Holy Spirit’s Presence in and around us, the physical union of our spirit with the Holy Spirit, and the gift of a new heart (mind, emotions, will, imagination) that has God’s laws of love as it core (Jeremiah 31:33; Ezekiel 36:26-27; Luke 15:31; John 3:5-6, 16; 4:9; 5:11-12, 21; 17:3, 20-23; Acts 11:15-18; 15:9; Romans 2:29; 5:2, 5, 21; 6:4-5, 22; 8:2, 10-17, 30, 32; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 3:17, 21-23; 6:11, 14; 2 Corinthians 3:3, 6, 17-18; 4:16; 8:9; 10:4; 12:9; Galatians 4:7; 5:22-23; 6:8; Ephesians 1:3-4, 11, 13-14, 19-20, 23; 2:5, 22; 3:6, 8, 19; 4:23-24; Philippians 3:12-14; 4:19; Colossians 1:27; 2:12; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:14; Hebrews 2:6-7; 6:19; 8:10; 9:15; 10:10; James 1:3-4; 1 Peter 1:2, 4; 2:24; 5:10; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 1 John 2:20, 27; 4:4)

 That nature is sinless because it is Jesus own eternal life and He is sinless. But we still have the choice of which nature we identify with and live from (Romans 8:13; 13:14; Ephesians 4). And because the world around us is based on rebellion against God, we actually have to choose to immerse ourselves in the nature and culture of God and heaven (Eph. 1; Col. 3:1-2) so we can see and learn how to live God’s way, so we can see Jesus and be transformed by the experience (Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18; Ephesians 1:18).

If identify myself as a sinner I am only seeing the old dead nature and living in that. If I identify myself with my new sinless nature in Christ I will be looking at Jesus and being transformed into His image (2 Cor. 3:18).

Freedom Prayers

From the Biblical account of Adam and Eve’s fall into sin in Genesis 3, we can see that sin (rejecting God’s ways) damages us emotionally and spiritually, damages others in the same way, and damages our relationships with each other and God.

Jesus died to free us from that damage and that is what these prayers are about.

FREEDOM PRAYERS

Romans 8:12-14 (NLT) “Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”

Freedom Prayer 1

Lord Jesus I ask you to be obviously present to me now. 

Lord I ask that by the power of Your blood and Your death on the cross I be freed from captivity to the sins of others. 

I ask that you cleanse me from all the sins that have been done against me so they no longer have power over me. 

I nail to Your cross all the negative words that have been spoken against me, all the negative thoughts they have had of me and all the physical ways other people have hurt me.

I ask that you cleanse me from all the sins that they have done against me so it no longer has power over me. 

Wash all those things away from me with Your blood so that they are powerless to control me any more.

(Allow time here for the Holy Spirit to bring to mind any specific things He wants to deal with and repeat the above as seems appropriate for what He brings to mind).

e.g. Irritated; Harsh or hard; Bitter; Resentful; Impatience; Selfishness; Uncontrolled, Addicted; Being mean; Fickle or unreliable; Perfectionist, Religious.

Holy Spirit from the well of Your Presence in me, pour out Your Resurrection healing power into me to heal those sin damaged places in me. Fill those places with Your powerful eternal life. Be my double compensation for the losses I have received.

Show me the new, whole, clean and Godly spirit and heart/soul You have planted in me and teach me to live from that. Glorify Jesus in me now and always.

Every hindrance becomes an advantage instead
Irritated – Harsh or hard – gentleness
Bitter – grateful
Resentful – content
Impatient – patience
Selfishness – goodness, selflessness
Uncontrolled, addicted – self-control
Being mean – moving in the goodness of God
Fickle or unreliable – faithful
Perfectionist, religious – gracefull

“So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.” Romans 8:28 tPt

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22-23 NLT

Freedom Prayer 2

Lord Jesus I ask you to be obviously present to me now. 

Lord I ask that by the power of Your blood and Your death on the cross I and others be freed from captivity to my sin. 

I ask that you cleanse me and others from all the sins that I have done against others so they no longer have power over me or them. 

I nail to Your cross all the negative words that I have spoken against anyone, all the negative thoughts I have had of anyone and all the physical ways I have sinned against anyone.

I ask that you cleanse us all from all the sins that I have done so they no longer have power over us. 

Wash all those things away from us with Your blood so that they are powerless to control us any more. 

(Allow time here for the Holy Spirit to bring to mind any specific things He wants to deal with and repeat the above as seems appropriate for what He brings to mind).

Holy Spirit pour out Your Healing Presence on all those I have sinned against and heal the damage I have done. Glorify Jesus in them.

Holy Spirit from the well of Your Presence in me, pour out Your Resurrection healing power into me to heal those sin damaged places in me. Fill those places with Your powerful eternal life. Be our double compensation for the losses we have received.

Show me the new, whole, clean and Godly spirit and heart/soul You have planted in me and teach me to live from that. Glorify Jesus in me now and always.

Freedom Prayer 3

Lord Jesus I ask you to be obviously present to me now. 

Lord I ask that the power of Your death and resurrection work in me now to enable me to forgive ……………………………………(name of person) for ……………………………………… (the ways they have hurt you). In Your Name and because You have paid the price for their sin too,  I announce they are forgiven. Thank You Lord, Amen.

Biblical References for freedom prayers:

Psalm 107:20; Job 42:10; Jeremiah 31:33; Ezekiel 36:26; Isaiah 53:4-6; Matthew 8:16-17; Luke 10:1, 17-20; 13:10-15; John 3:5-6, 16; 5:21; 12:31-32; 17:3, 20-23; Acts 11:15-18; 15:9; Romans 1:21; 2:29; 3:22-24; 5:5,17, 21; 6:4-5, 14, 22; 8:2, 5-8, 10-17; 16:20; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 30; 3:17; 6:11, 14; 2 Corinthians 3:3, 6, 14, 17-18; 4:4, 16; 5:14-17; 10:4; 12:9; Galatians 3:13; 4:5-7; 5:22-24; 6:8,14; Ephesians 1:4-5, 7, 13-14, 19-20, 23; 2:5, 10, 13-16; 3:19; 4:17-18, 20-24; 5:8-9; Philippians 3:12-14; Colossians 1:19-20, 22; 2:9,12; 3:1, 3, 9-10; 1 Timothy 6:5; Hebrews 8:10; 9:11-14, 28; 10:10, 12-18, 22; 12:23; Titus 1:15; 2:14; 3:5; 1 Peter 1:2, 21-23; 2:24; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 1 John 1:7; 2:2, 20, 27; 3:8; 4:4, 9; 5:1, 11-12; James 1:3-4; 5:14-15.

Favour that produces vengeance. Every curse against you you can turn into a prophesy for good. Every evil purpose becomes an opposite blessing. Every area of defeat God will turn into a victory! For everything against you He’ll give you a promise for the exact opposite. As you partner with God he will move you from measure to fullness because everything will be useful for your growth and development. God will do more than you can ask or think.

Instead of
Fear – courage
Anxious – confident
Timidity – bravery
Nervous –  totally unafraid
Distressed –  lionhearted
Abandoned, Rejected – One in Christ
Intimidated –  bold
Bound up –  free
Unbelief. –  faith
Compliant towards the enemy – assertive towards the enemy
Procrastination – energy to do something now
Negativity – enthusiastic
Cynical – optimist
Immorality and sin – righteousness
Shame -holiness
Critical, Abusiveness – kindness
Hate – love
Tiredness, Depression – joy
Angry, stressed – peace
Agitated – peaceful
Hating yourself – love yourself
Misery and sadness – joy of the Lord
Sickness -health
Praise instead of despair.

“In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations.
Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. “For I, the LORD, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering and make an everlasting covenant with them.
I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding or a bride with her jewels. The Sovereign LORD will show his justice to the nations of the world. Everyone will praise him! His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring, with plants springing up everywhere.” Isaiah 61:1-4, 7-8, 10-11 NLT

“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.” Galatians 3:26-27 NLT

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22-23 NLT

So daily as you run into difficulties, declare the negatives in your life as dead on the cross with Jesus and thanking Him for the compensation He is giving you, particularly the love, joy, and peace He is gifting you with. It is challenging, sometimes very challenging to trust God to make everything right. The results are not always immediate but the rewards will make the effort very worthwhile.

Why forgive?

Holding on to the hurt or offense, waiting for human justice, remorse, apology or even an opportunity for revenge keeps us tied to the person who hurt/offended us and we remain a victim of their behavior.

How can we forgive?

God says Jesus’ death on the cross is sufficient punishment for everyone’s sin. 

So if we choose to come into agreement with God, then Jesus has already taken the punishment for the hurt or offense that has been inflicted on us. He was crucified for their sin as well as ours. Jesus has paid for the right to own our bitterness, our offense, our hurt, our desire for revenge and judgement. He has paid to set all the captives free!

So we can give our offense and hurts to Jesus and receive in their place His love, healing and forgiveness flowing through us to set us free from the people who hurt/offended us. Ask Jesus to pour out on you the compensation for your hurts, the healing and blessings for which He paid so dearly. Let Him do the work of forgiveness in you and for you. Let your hurts and offenses die with Jesus on the cross and receive the fullness of His powerful eternal life to fill all those places of hurt with His healing Presence and love. Look for the compensation Jesus has already paid to give you.

Jesus himself claimed this exchange ministry (Luke 4:16-21)

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations.

Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. “For I, the LORD, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering and make an everlasting covenant with them.

I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding or a bride with her jewels. The Sovereign LORD will show his justice to the nations of the world. Everyone will praise him! His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring, with plants springing up everywhere.”

Isaiah 61:1-4, 7-8, 10-11 NLT

Please note this is about our heart attitudes NOT a comment on whether legal action is necessary. The circumstances may require legal action to protect people but human justice does not heal the damaged heart.

New for old:

God says Jesus’ death on the cross is to exchange our old life for a new one overflowing with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control.

So if we choose to come into agreement with God, then Jesus has already killed our old life which was subject to negatives like loneliness, illness, grief, fear, pride, unbelief, hurt etc. on the cross. He was crucified so all that was negative in our lives could die with Him. Jesus has paid for the right to own all the negative stuff in our lives. He has paid to set all the captives free!

So we can give our griefs, problems and hurts to Jesus and receive in their place His love, healing and forgiveness flowing through us to set us free. Because while whatever caused the negative things we experience may be very real, it is our response to them that binds us to them or sets us free. And Jesus died to give us a new response. So we can come into agreement with Him and declare all those negatives are now dead, powerless against us because they died with Jesus on the cross. Then we can declare we will receive from Jesus the compensation for these negative things, the healing and blessings for which He paid so dearly. Let Him do the work of transformation in you and for you. Let your negative experiences die with Jesus on the cross and receive the fullness of His powerful eternal life to fill all those places of loss with His healing Presence and love. Look for the compensation Jesus has already paid to give you.

Jesus himself claimed this exchange ministry (Luke 4:16-21)

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive

Jesus declares to you:

Every mistake, Every sin You have ever made is now Mine and the burden for it, the responsibility for it, belongs to Me. I purchased the right to it from the cross. I paid for the right to exchange it for My eternal life, My eternal love, and My kingdom blessings.

Every mistake, every sin, whether Yours or someone else’s that has hurt or hindered you or others is now Mine and the burden for it belongs to Me. I purchased them all on the cross. I paid for the right to exchange them for My eternal life, My eternal love and the eternal blessings of being a child of God.

I am Your justice, I have paid all your debts, given back more than you or they ever lost.

I am your advocate and I say you are now innocent.

I am your Judge and My verdict is, “Not guilty!”

You are My joy, My desire, the love of My life!

All that I am and have I have given to you. Everything that is negative you have ever been part of, all the hurt, pain, anger, frustration, rejection, fear, shame, violence, abuse, illness, persecution, etc. it all belongs to Me now.

Justice has been done, the penalty paid so let it all die with Me on the cross.

Pick up My love gifts for you, My love, joy, peace, healing, patience, kindness, goodness, and self-control. Enjoy them!

Live in the arms of your new long family, Papa God, Holy Spirit and Me, your brother Jesus.

Be clothed, filled with us and Our love for you – it is Our Presence in and around you that guarantees you are whole and holy, loved and valued. You are Our joy, Our delight, a treasured member of Our family.

 

The Process of Forgiveness

The process of forgiveness:

1.Do you want to be free of the damage others have done to you so you don’t need to complain any more except in making formal complaints for the protection of others. Continue only if the answer is yes.

2.Was it just that Jesus died on the cross for everyone’s sins? 

3.Do you truly believed Jesus has been judged and punished enough for all your sins, past, present and future ( they were all in the future when Jesus died)?

4.Was Jesus death sufficient to kill your sinful nature too? 

5.Have you experienced your death to sin in Christ and His resurrection power enabling you to do things differently and not sin? 

6.Have you asked God to free others from and compensate others for the consequences of your sin?

7.Has Jesus had been judged and punished enough for the sin of the person who has hurt you? 

8.Was Jesus death sufficient to pay for the sin of the person who has hurt you? 

9.Have you experienced Jesus resurrection power healing you from and compensating you for, the consequences of that person’s sin?

All those things are available but you need to keep praying until you experience them as a reality in your life. And sometimes it may require a prayer battle to hold onto it until it becomes your new way of living. We do not need to keep living as victims of our and others sin! Jesus has paid dearly for the privilege of bearing the costs of all our sin to death so He can replace them with His resurrection life. We need to glorify Him by coming into agreement with Him and living in the fullness of life He paid for.

This does not mean we are whitewashing our or anyone else’s sin, but agreeing with God that what Jesus did for us was more than enough. We may still have to act against someone to stop them hurting others but if we are healed from the damage done to us then we can act out of love rather than a need for revenge and justice.

Hearing From God

One of the things I have found really useful in my journey of seeking to hear/see from God better has been to make a regular time to listen to God without an agenda on my part so there is no pressure to get answers to anything in particular. So I –

Daily spend time (alone is easier) with God and pen and paper. I start by asking, “What do You want to say/show me today?”

Then, the REALLY important thing is to trust that whatever you see, feel, taste or hear or whatever words or pictures come into your mind, is God speaking to you. Usually the answer begins before or just as you have the question finished and before have time to think about it. Write it ALL down as fully as you can for as long as it lasts WITHOUT judging it.

Ask God all the questions you can think of about what you see/hear particularly “what does it mean?” And “what should I do?”

ONLY when you have finished ALL that should you look at what you have written and check that it aligns with Biblical teaching. If it aligns with what the Bible teaches and particularly if it is more encouraging or positive than anything you would say to yourself you can be sure you heard from God. Even if God is correcting you He does not use condemnation! His correction redirects and empowers you to act differently.

When I first began this I found it really hard but I persevered and it really paid off in so many ways.

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