Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your path.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.
Let us start at the beginning when an angel of the God spoke these words to Joseph in a dream concerning Mary, his soon to be bride. The birth of a Savior was foretold and his coming mission on earth was revealed in this dream.
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for he will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10
Jesus came with purpose and it was to seek and save people from their sins.
Jesus was without sin and gave his life, his blood, for our sins. Jesus paid the penalty for us.
Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by who’s stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24
Salvation is a gift from God. We can choose to accept this gift, believe in Him, repent of our sins and be saved. By His grace, by His sacrifice, by His blood salvation is offered. See link Salvation. See Make a Life Change.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we made Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:9
But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:22-23
You have a choice. The choice is either to choose Jesus and everlasting life, or to choose sin and death. The first choice is far superior to the latter. Choosing to live a holy life and turning from the world and sin is the narrow path. See link, Choose Life. Read our blog Who Do you Trust? Read our blog You Are Not Alone.
We shouldn’t continue to sin consciously after salvation. We should repent and turn from sin. But we are human, and we do sin, and therefore through the grace of our Lord we are forgiven. When we fall short as Christians, we should ask for forgiveness.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Romans 6:1
So what is sin?
How do you know if you’ve sinned?
4 Ways to Find the Answer.
- Read and study the Bible. Learn what it says about a certain issue. The Bible is the Word of God, and it should be the number one source for determining if something is a sin.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16
- Listen to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. If you feel uneasy about something said, done, or thought, this is an indicator that it may be sin.
I still have many things to say to you, but you can not bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth: for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak: and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. John 16:12-15
- Pray about the issue.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
- Seek wise counsel. Do not ask unsaved friends and family about sin issues. Ask a pastor or a teacher within the church to help you on finding the Biblical answer to an issue.
Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days. There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel – that will stand. Proverbs 19:20-21
One thing to keep in mind is that you will make some changes in your life as you grow in Christ Jesus. The Lord will be with you to guide you along the way. All you must do is ask for His will.
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful:
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
See our blog Signs of Jesus Return