1. Desire a heart that wants to be right.
2. Be quick to get everything under the blood.
3. Obey the Truth by The Spirit.
4. Develop A heart free from idolatry.
5. Avoid Sin Like The Plague.
Some people think they can willfully dabble in sin and they can simply run back to Jesus and repent and all will be well again, as though it never happened. This is a great deception. Sin has far reaching consequences that cannot always be eradicated. Although the blood of Jesus cleanses from sin, it does not always remove the effects of sin. Willfully sinning with the idea that after we have enjoyed the "pleasure of it" we can easily get back right with God without reaping consequences is foolish. David, thought he could commit adultery with Bathsheba and kill her husband and still continue on as normal. And although God forgave him, his sin cost him for the rest of his life. It cost him the son of that adulterous union. His daughter Tamar was raped by his son Amnon. His other son Absalom killed Amnon for raping his sister. Absalom led a rebellion against his father and eventually was killed for it. There was a lot of drama is David's life from the time he committed adultery and murder. He repented but the consequences of his son were great.
Growing up, my dad believed in teaching his sons a strong work ethic. One such project was a huge swimming pool in our back yard. We poured concrete to form the bottom of the pool, and my dad laid stone on the walls. Laying all those stones for a pool 25 feet wide and 50 feet long was no easy feat. We worked many weekends to complete the project. My job, as a lad of about 13 years old, was to mix and carry mortar. If you know anything about mortar, it is comprised of sand, water, and cement (and a little lime) in the proper proportions. We had a little electric mixer. First I put a measured amount of water, then I added a certain number of shovels of sand. I would let that churn until dad was almost ready for more mortar. The sand and water would churn from now on and never get hard, but when you add the cement you better mix it and then use it, because it will soon start to set up. Cement was the hardening agent.
In the human heart, sin acts like cement. Sin is the hardening agent. The longer you leave it in the heart the harder the heart will become. There is only one way to get sin out of the heart and that is to repent. The good ground of a heart after God, and the work of the Holy Spirit can keep a heart soft and sensitive to the voice of conscience, but add sin and the heart will soon become like stone. It will be insensitive to conviction. It will be impervious to the Word of God. It will be blinded to the truth. Man with a heart in a sin heardened state is capable of almost any crime or evil deed. This is why The Word of God says, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. 10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, 'They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.' 11 So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest.' " 12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Once in a deceived state by the sin, man has little hope of really seeing the need to repent and change. Sin turns the lights out. Now he is groping in darkness. It's like the near blind person trying to find their glasses so they can see to turn the light on. Once deceived by sin, and taken captive by it, only the grace of God can open a person's eyes and break their heart regarding their sin. This is the godly sorrow that produces repentance leading to salvation (II Cor. 7:10).
6. Choose to Learn from your mistakes and sins.
We all mess up, but when we do, we need to be quick to "fess up" as they say in Texas .
Some people continue to commit the same sins over and over. The never seem to learn. We call it going "one more time around the mountain" meaning that just as the Israelites wandered around Mt. Horeb again and again we can keep going around the same old mountain of sin. We must choose to learn from our sins. We need to be like one of the writers of Psalm 119:67 who says, Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word. As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly (Prov. 26:11).
7. Spend Time in the Secret Place Daily.
Communion with the Lord keeps us in tune with our conscience and allows us to be led by the Holy Spirit. There is no other way to stay alive and operate by the spiritual principles that keeps our heart right. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors--not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God ( Romans 8:12-14).
Get alone with God. Get into His presence. Repent of any known sin whether in thought or deed. Sense that wonderful peaceful meditative communion with Him. As you do you'll know when He is speaking.
Have a blessed week,
Bishop Darrell Ellis
Anointed Word International Fellowship