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Go and sin no more

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 by in All about Love | 0 comments

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All of us have committed sins worthy of condemnation.  The Bible says that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  Not one of us isn’t worthy of judgment and eternal damnation.  David says that he was “shapen in iniquity” (Psalm 51:5), and we know that this applies to all of humanity.  God doesn’t look at one sin differently than the next- it’s all the same to Him.  A child that is disobedient to his parents is just as much of a sinner as someone who murders their next-door neighbor.

But.

There are some sins whose effects stick with you for longer than others.  There is no sin too great for God to forgive…but there are some that are harder for you to forget.  When you sin against your own body, it’s hard to forgive yourself and to seek forgiveness from your Heavenly Father.  Your heart is full of guilt, your head heavy with shame.

There is a woman that met Jesus in such a situation.  Below is her story.

Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned.  But what do You say?”   This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.  Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.  When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours?  Has no one condemned you?”

She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

John 8:2-11, NKJV

Against popular belief, sex isn’t just a physical act.  It involves your spirit, your soul, your heart, and your body.  Society tells us today that it’s “freedom of expression”, and “freedom of choice”.  It’s not.  When you give yourself to someone who isn’t your husband, even if it’s only once, it will stay with you for the rest of your life.  It’s not “normal” or  “natural” to experiment.  It’s harmful.

It’s deadly.

Paul put it this way:

There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, “The two become one.” Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never “become one.” There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.

I Corinthians 6:16-20, The Message

This passage is incredible.  It lays it all out on the line.  He leaves the reader without a doubt and without excuse!  Read it over again, slowly, and digest each piece of it.

 

The all-important thing to recognize is that you’re not only giving your body away, but with it, a piece of your soul.  “The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you.”  With one act, you’re waving good-bye to your innocence, your purity, and your peace of mind.

Peace of mind?  Yes.  Have you heard of “the accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10), who roams the earth day and night looking for someone to devour (I Peter 5:8)?  The enemy of your mind attacks you full-force when you’re engaging in sexual sin, because he knows how damaging premarital sex is to your soul.  He uses guilt, shame, and condemnation to tear you apart until you don’t have an ounce of self-respect or self-worth left.  No value.  You’re no longer worth anything….so what’s the use?  Why fight it anymore?  You might as well do what you want with the next guy that comes around.

Aha! That’s his tactic.  He tempts and lures you into sin, then uses your own mind to beat you up until you hate yourself.  The next time the opportunity presents itself, you are already convinced that you’re not worth anything anymore, so you don’t fight the temptation.  It’s too late for you.

NO!  It’s not too late!  You’ve lost a battle, true.  But you can win the war!

My first role model as a preteen was the Australian Christian music artist, Rebecca St. James.  She was passionate about virginity and about teaching teenagers the value of purity.  At every concert, she spent a portion of her time speaking to teens about sexual purity.  She would stand and read Scriptures out of The Message, and at the end she would pray for everyone in the audience.  The unique thing about her campaign is that she always spoke about second chances.  She talked about God’s mercy being new every morning, and she presented the totally novel idea of being a “recycled virgin”.  (A recycled virgin is someone who has had sex, but asks for God’s forgiveness and makes a pact with Him to wait until marriage before being intimate again.)   She said that it was never too late! We can ALL be virgins in God’s eyes and start fresh today, with our sins covered in His blood.

She wrote a song that covers this very topic, called “Go and Sin No More”.  She writes from the perspective of the adulterous woman brought before Jesus, on her knees trembling before the Savior…sin exposed, and fears high.  Below is a portion of that song.

I’ve sinned come on my knees, for I’m not worthy of Your love
How could you die for me?  Such grace can only come from God
Oh Lord, You search and You know me, You see me inside out
God, You alone can forgive me, erase my fear and my doubt
Father, you pick me up, I feel like a child in Your arms
I don’t deserve this love but, I hear Your voice, Lord Jesus

Go & sin no more
He said “I will not condemn you, I’ll forgive and I’ll forget it all”
Go & sin no more
“My child let me remind you it is I who’ll lead and guide you as you go”

Wipe, wipe away
Take, take away
Break, break away
Fill my life, make it right, Father help me, Father help me GO

 

If you have never given yourself to a man, don’t do it! Don’t believe the lies of this society and of the enemy of your soul.  It IS a big deal.  It DOES matter.  Keep yourself pure, because your body is the temple of God!

Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.

I Corinthians 6:19-20, The Message

It’s easier for someone to keep herself pure from the beginning, so if you have a daughter or a young girl that looks up to you, talk to them about this tough topic!  Girls need to hear about sex from a godly mentor.  If they have already messed up, please talk to them about how they can be renewed in Jesus.  Talk to them about their value.  Tell them that it’s never too late.  They can never slip outside of God’s boundless love!

 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39, KJV

 

If you yourself have compromised yourself in this way, whether it was once, or many times, it’s not too late for you, either!  You can be renewed, and that sin can be covered in Christ’s precious blood!

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isaiah 1:18, KJV

God is always ready to forgive and renew.  He is just a prayer away!  Lay it all down before Him, your dirty, ugly mess.  He won’t be shocked or turned off by your sin.  He knows all about it already, and He’s ready to wash your sin-stains in His blood.  That is why He died, after all…to clean up our mess and redeem us!  Read Psalm 51, David’s prayer, and make it your own prayer of repentance.

The next step is to forgive yourself.  This is tougher.  You will probably have flashbacks, and the enemy will remind you again and again of your mistakes.  He’ll tempt you and lie to you.  Don’t give in, don’t cave in, and don’t listen to his lies.  This is your battle plan:

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

II Corinthians 10:3-5, NIV

Memorize this Scripture in the King James Version.  Study it, and understand it.  This is a war, and we must have a battle plan.  Every time the enemy comes against you, either with condemnation or temptation, bring that thought into captivity, just like this Scripture says.  Do not accept it as your own. Kick it out!  Take control over what thoughts you allow to stay in your mind.  You DO have the choice!

Two more verses:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1, NIV

 

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

I Corinthians 10:13, NKJV

You can and WILL win this war with the right weapons.

From now on, starting TODAY, keep yourself pure.  Keep your mind pure.  And never, never give up!

Keep this passage at the forefront of your mind, and use it to fight all sexual temptation:

There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, “The two become one.” Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never “become one.” There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.

I Corinthians 6:16-20, The Message

So, GO, and sin no more!

 

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