Free from Sin

Posted on 09/13/2015 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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HIS NAME IS JESUS

He is the King of Kings
He is the Lord of Lords
His name is Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus
Oh -- He is the King

...of Kings
He is the Lord of Lords
His name is Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus
Oh -- He is the King

His name is Jesus, Jesus,
sad hearts we've no more
He can heal the broken hearted
open wide the prizon doors
And he's able, yes he's able

You are the King of Kings
You are the Lord of Lords
Your name is Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus
Oh -- you are the King

Your name is Jesus, Jesus,
sad hearts we've no more

You can heal the broken hearted
open wide the prizon doors

You can heal the broken hearted
open wide the prizon doors

Yes, you can heal my broken heart and
open wide my prizon doors

And you're able, yes you're able
to deliver evermore


I STAND IN AWE

You are beautiful beyond description
too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
like nothing ever seen or heard

Who can grasp your infinite wisdom
who can fathom the depth of your love
You are beautiful beyond description
majesty enthroned above

I stand, I stand in awe of you
I stand, I stand in awe of you
Holy God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of you


WORD OF GOD SPEAK

I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay
The last thing I need is to be heard
But to hear what You would say

Word of God speak
Would You pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
Your majesty
To be still and know
That You're in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness
Word of God speak

I'm finding myself in the midst of You
Beyond the music, beyond the noise
All that I need is to be with You
And in the quiet hear Your voice


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A couple of weeks ago,
we went off the deep end
and suggested that
God could be
speaking to us
through liberals,
hippies,
global warming alarmists,
animal rights activists,
and others
who we have though
were not only
NOT speaking for Him,
but whose message
we thought was
anti-Truth.

After the service,
I was asked
the question,

"So are cats immoral
for eating mice?"

My answer
was lousy.

Here's a better one:

We were not
talking about
sin or not sin,
heaven or hell, or
moral or immoral.

You see,
in times past,
we have
seen the world

through a lense
of fear.

Through a filter
of judgment.

While we in the Church
believe we have been
set free from sin...

...we still
see everything
through its lense.

As I mentioned
two weeks ago,
it's not uncommon
for people to react
to something I say
or share
that suggests
compassion is better
than slaughter,

speaking of animals,
of course,

by getting upset
because they think
I'm judging them
or telling them
they're going to hell
for eating flesh,
or suggesting
they're less spiritual
because they aren't
vegan.


You see,

we still see the world
through the veil
of sin.

And we sanitize it.

We make the
image of sin
into something holy.

But non-sin
is dualistic,
meaning that
it requires
its opposite.

For every non-sin,
there is a sin.

If you are
trying to not sin,
you are
revealing a fear
of sin.

And that seems prudent,
doesn't it?

Well,
for the one
living in sin,
a fear of sin
could lead
him or her
to stop it.

To seek freedom.

To ask forgiveness.

To desire cleansing.

But I can say,
from many years
of personal experience,

it's not always
that easy.

In fact,

in the past,
I have nearly
given up
fighting personal sin.


Just maybe...


...seeing Life
through a lense
colored and smeared
with the image of sin...

...just might not
be the best way
to be free from it.


Fear.

Anxiety.

Failure.

Self-loathing.

The sinful mind
abusing the mind
for not being
what it, itself,
is not.

Like a murderer
killing someone
because that someone
is a murderer...

...and the killer
being killed
is the killer
who is killing
the killer.

We sit
in the judge's chair,
passing judgment
upon ourselves.

Our verdict
is stern and severe.

But often,
absolutely no change
comes about
by our judgment.

Why?

Because

WE
ARE
NOT
FREE
FROM
SIN.

We are wearing it.

And by that,
I mean
it is the atmosphere
through which
we see life.

We feel holy
when we do this,
or don't do that,
because "this"
is not sin,
and "that"
IS sin.

So we see
our thoughts,
our actions,
our attitudes,

where we go,
what we do,
what we say,

our past,
our future,
our story,

THROUGH SIN.

And "NON-Sin;"

and of course
"NON-Sin"
is like seing
"Sin"
in a mirror.


Does any of this
make sense?



Now......

.....looking through sin,
the mind will say,

"So I can sin,
and it's okay?
After all,
if I am not
supposed to
see Life
through the lense
of sin, or non-sin,
then I can do
whatever I want
withouth worrying
about whether
it's a sin."


The mind
completely misses
the whole point.

It's so ingrained
in the mind's thinking.

Either we
live in the prison
of seeing life
through sin,

or we live in sin.

Right?

And yet,
we are called
to another place.

We have been called
out of the darkness
and into
His Marvelous Light.

We have been invited
to stop dwelling
in the story

of what I did,
or what I will do,
or what I might do,

and instead,
dwell in Eternity.

Which,
of course,
is always
Right Now.

All that matters,
when it comes to
"sin"
or
"not sin,"

is what you do
RIGHT NOW.

Nothing else matters.

"Yes, but in five minutes,
I'll probably do
such-and-such,
because I did it
five minutes ago,
and again before that,
and again before that,
and I know
I'll do it again
in the future."

Sin.

Slaves to sin.

Past sin,
which doesn't exist
because Jesus
paid the price.

Future sin,
which also
doesn't exist
because the future
is just a fantasy
in the head.

Instead of seeing
Life through Sin,

which requires
Past and Future,
imaginary times
that take you
out of the Present,
where we are seated
with Christ
in perfect holiness,

We dwell in Forever.

Now,
Forever is hard
for the mind
to grasp,
because it tries
to imagine
an eternal past
with no beginning,
and an eternal future
with no end.

But Eternity
has neither past
nor future.

It is always Now.


Now hear this:

The mind
can narrow down
to a short band
of past and future,
of here and
almost here.

It calls that
"The here and now."

And it thinks about it.

And judges it.

And feels good about it.

Or bad about it.

But it is still
in control.

It is still
calling the shots.

It is still
coloring your experience.

And what did Jesus do?

Did He not come
to set the captives free?

Indeed He did.

So why are we bound
by the confines
of the sin-cursed
human mind?

To addictions...

To negative habits...

To bad attitudes...

To habitual thought patterns...

Well,
Jesus told us
that the Way to Life
was narrow,
and few enter it.

I've always thought
this meant
heaven and hell.

But He didn't
necessarily say that,
did He?

He said, "Life."

Life is not
in the future.

It has never been.

It can never be.

Life can only happen
NOW.

And not Now
somewhere else.

Your Life can happen
only Here, and
only Now.

But we are blocked
by the troubles
of our story...

...the cares
of earthly life.


Matthew 7:13-14 (KMV)

13 Enter in at the narrow gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter therein;
14 But small is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and there are few who find it.


Here's a fuller version
of Jesus' words
from the original language:


Matthew 7:13-14 (TLS)

13 Enter in at the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad, that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter it;
14 But the gate is guarded by obstacles, and the way is narrow and blocked by troubles, which leads to Life, and there are few who find it.


So it's very easy
to not be Here and Now,
fully dwelling in Life.

Because the
Path to Presence,
the gate,
is guarded by obstacles.

The obstacles
of dwelling
in past and future;

or,
dwelling in the mind.


Anger and Resentment.

Anxiety and Fear.

Regret and Depression.

We teach them
to our children,
and pass them along
to future generations.

But...

Where is the past
over which you have
anger or regret?

Where is the future
that fills you with
fear and dread?

Look around you
right now.
Can you find them
for me?

Or are they really
just painful fantasies
in your head?


Are you truly free?

Are you truly
dwelling in Life?

In the Kingdom,
which is not
sin and non-sin,
judgment and
non-judgment,
doctrines and
knowledge in the head...

Or have the troubles,
the positive or negative
details of your story,
blocked the way?


You know,
there are many things
to which the mind
becomes attached,
so that,
by getting lost in it,
we are unable
to enter God's Rest.

And one of them
is sin.

Not just
doing things
considered sin,

but in dwelling
in the mindset
in which
you are constantly
controlled,
and judged,
or justified,
based upon
sin and not-sin.


And here's the thing:

We know that
the wages of sin
is death.

You could also say
the result,
or the fruit,
of sin,
is death.

But God's free gift
is Life.

FREE gift.

You don't have to
strive for it.

You don't have to
earn it.

You don't have to
judge yourself
to enter into it.

It just is.

As you just are.


You see,

In this moment,
in this place,
what I do now,
is it Life?

It might be fun
to hold your breath
for a few seconds
under water.

But you
quickly desire
to breathe.

When you dwell
in Life,
in Presence,

using but free from
the human mind,

you want to breathe.

You dwell in breath.

Continuously
holding your breath
to practice sin
is no longer
a matter of judgment
or justification;

And you choose this day,
or this very moment,
in this action,
no other,
just this one;

You choose Life.


So choose
right here and
right now
whom you serve
with this
one action.

Serve sin.

Or serve judgment
and sin or not-sin.

Or serve Life.