This is the first blog in a series called Compromise Kills. We live in a time when it is considered okay to live as we want instead of how the Bible instructs us to live.
Psalm 50:23 tells us that God wants to show us HIS salvation.
The prerequisite is this, “To him who orders his conduct aright [NKJ].” The NAS says, “orders his way aright.” The KJV says, “orders his conversation aright.”
Our character is linked to our conversation. Our lips and our lifestyle are connected. Our lips should not betray our lifestyle or vice versa. We should not worship with our lips while our heart is not with Him. We must have congruency between who we say we are and how we live our lives.
“I will show him the salvation of the Lord” is the promise to the person who will take personal responsibility for their life. We Christians must stop believing we are victims with no control over our lives. We are not victims we are victors, overcomers and more than conquerors through Him [Christ] who loves us [Romans 8:37].
God wants to show us His salvation not our salvation. Psalm 50:23 is not talking about a sinner being saved. It is about a saved person taking personal responsibility for their lives and through that God being able to show them everything the Cross purchased.
A sinner cannot order his life aright. Sinners sin by nature. They act out of who they are. Christians on the other hand have to violate their nature to sin. Sin is not normal for a Christian.
The Cross was always God’s idea. The Cross was not an emergency action at the last minute. Jesus is the Lamb who was slain before the foundation of the world.
In the Book of Genesis we find a situation where Cain is not happy with God or his brother Abel. His emotions are out of control and God comes to him and in so many words tells him “Cain, manage your emotions.” He says this, “Sin is crouching at your door, master it.”
How can a Christian master their sin? Through the Master. Jesus lives on the inside of every Christian and He wants to live His life through us. Christianity is not about us living for God. Christianity is about God living through His people. Christianity is not about working hard not to sin. Christianity is about yielding to the One who has conquered death, hell and the grave.
Every problem that is addressed at its lowest point [crouching] is more likely to be eliminated. Once the problem lunges toward us the momentum and force generated by its proactive maneuver may be more than we are prepared to handle because of our inactivity, or passivity.
Jesus said to deal with problems at the eye level, “If your right eye causes you to stumble pluck it out.” If you don’t it will reach your hand. In other words deal with what you see before what you see becomes what you do.
We have a personal responsibility to manage our lives in such a way that God is glorified through us.
Jesus on two occasions told someone, “Go and sin no more.” Paul said, “Do not yield the members of your body to sin”, and “Sin shall not be a master over you.” He told his spiritual kids in Corinth to “Stop sinning”. John wrote to believers saying, “These things I write to you so that you MAY NOT SIN” and then he wrote, “And IF anyone sins we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” In other words we do not have permission to sin – period!
If it is impossible for Christians to manage themselves and order themselves aright then all of these commands are at best weak platitudes and worse cruel commands that are impossible to obey.
Paul wrote, “where sin abounds grace [abounds] all the more.” He was not giving permission for Christians to sin just because God’s grace outpaces sin. He also wrote, “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? Another translation says, “God forbid!”
I like the way The Message Bible states it, “So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? I should hope not! If we’ve left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good?”
Christian, let go of whatever Christian advice, counsel or teaching that you have submitted to that gives permission for you to sin. None of us may sin, but if we do thank God Jesus is on our side.
For HIS Glory!
Dr. Kevin M. Drury