When sin comes in with a bang at the front door…..

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Our faith goes out quietly through the back door. In the last article I wrote about dents made on the ‘self’ by sin. Our sins being many can we imagine how corrupted we have become in body, mind and soul. Is there place for faith in a corrupt self?

Like many a Christian, I made the mistake of thinking – I have faith – faith that Jesus is the son of God, that He died for my sins and that He rose again. But did this faith stop me from committing sin? The answer was many times a sad no.

So what really happened in the bargain? Was not my kind of faith ‘the’ real faith? Let us look at what the Bible says about faith. John says :

…every child of God is able to defeat the world. And we win the victory over the world by means of our faith.Who can defeat the world? Only the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. [1John 5: 4-5, Good News Translation]

Did u see that? We win the victory over the world by our faith in Jesus as Son of God.

Where then is the problem? The problem lies with our failure to put faith into action, to win over sin. When we sin some, an equal amount of faith within us is affected. Sin and purity being so contradictory, one cannot exist in the other’s presence. So the truth is, every time we sin and do not repent, a little faith dies within us. (How much faith have we left? :O)

As long as we are not tuned in to our spiritual life, we miss out on this utter calamity happening in our spirit. Now we know why it becomes a lot harder to go back and say with the same faith (that we once had) that we believe what the Bible says. And gradually, there comes a point when we become spiritually dead. We become Christians with a dead faith!!

But the good news is that the whole gospel is about the grace of God, forgiving us, cleansing us and renewing our faith; when we ask. And this new faith is oftentimes referred to as growing. What is this growing faith? Faith which exercises its victory over sin and the world; faith which gives out light like the lamp on the stand, giving light to everyone; and faith which does not leave a person to live in any way but calls a person to the life of quiet surrender, is growing faith.  And it becomes a Living Faith.

In my next and last article in this category I will write about what it takes to surrender to God.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Nicely crafted. Good work Santhini..! 🙂 Waiting for the next post..!

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  2. Posted by ancy on March 17, 2012 at 7:13 am

    🙂 well-written…God bless!

    Reply

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