UCAN sharing: Irreversible change
Scripture: Matt. 9:5-7, Rom 6:23
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Isa 35:5
It is really amazing what they can repair when a car has a big accident. I look at a badly damaged car and I
think total loss but given time and a lot of effort the car can be made to look new. Here is the thing: Is it really new? After all the bending, fiberglass and paint the car is still not the same as it was when it was new. Even a small accident can leave a car different. We are like cars too. Everyday life accidents happen by sinning. In a moment a choice is made that God said don’t do and we reap the consequences. For most non-Christians this is just life and there is nothing more to do. We accept our weakness and may even enjoy them and this leads us to more spiritual wreaks. Like the car repair we cover it up but it can never be made new. Only one person can take a wreaked life and completely make it new, Jesus.
When we sin we damage our souls. The problem is that most of ignore this because we can’t see it. Consider sex outside of marriage. The world says it is natural and good but God says that it destroys the soul (1 Cor. 6:18). Yet many believe otherwise and live as such to the loss of their souls.
Man has a way of putting the blame on others. “It wasn’t my fault.” We see this from the beginning in the
Garden (Gen 3:12-13) that no one wants to be responsible enough to see that they are the problem. It is
someone else or some other cause. So we often cover over, whitewash our weaknesses and sins to make it all look good, just like a car that has been severely repaired. It may look good but is it really? No. It will never be the same and this is true of us as well. When sin accumulates in our soul its damage begins to change who we are and make us warped from the
image of God. Over time a person who is living in sin moves further and further away from what God intended them to be. When Adam was made in the Garden he was perfect and had perfect communion with God. Sin broke that communion and still does today (Isa 59:2). It is the only thing that can separate us from God’s awesome presence. The worst thing about sin is that it is chosen. It is these choices that change us.A person without God has no means to get rid of sin. Sin is not something we can think away or will away. It is like we broke a law and it goes on our record. The record is permanent and keeps growing longer as we sin more. The weight of our sin impacts our soul. What is our soul, it is our will, emotions and mind. So sin
changes how we think and feel. It takes us in to dark places of emotional instability. We lust and it appears to us that these desires are good so we pursue them with zeal at all cost (Study 2 Sam. 13). If we stop and think about ourselves we can see this pattern to some degree. We have become darkness and death.
As a person accumulates sin the debt increases so does the manifestation of the darkness. This is why some people kill and steal and do all kinds of terrible things while the rest of us just do what we think of as smaller sins. We simply haven’t grown spiritually as dark yet. But given time and opportunity our flesh and enemy will lead a person without God to become evil. You may not like this but it is true (See Eph. 4:17-19)
19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of
impurity, and they are full of greed. V19 NIV. All this sin brings death, spiritual separation from God but also a broken difficult life without hope full of lust and carnality.
Jesus while he lived did a lot of miracles. Miracles are acts that are beyond the natural. The act can’t be
explained by the natural laws of science. In Matt. 9 he does many wonderful things and the people touched
left changed both in the physical and spiritual for God is Lord of all.
If we are to overcome sin we must put our faith in someone or thing that is greater than sin. The power of evil seems to many Christians too great to overcome. Maybe we have a bad habit that we can’t overcome. Or we see the world’s sin as so great. Many say we won’t overcome till Jesus makes us whole at the end. The reason for all this is that we don’t believe that he who is us is greater than he who is in the world (1 Jn 4:4). Man never has even while Jesus was here in the flesh they didn’t believe, but God chose to show us that He is truly the Lord that saves.
The paralytic man was looking to walk. Jesus sees the faith and responds. When we truly believe we will act. Notice that the man who was not able to move had moved to Jesus. He must have gather friends and relatives and they all agreed that Jesus was the one who could make healing happen. So they acted on what they believed. Many Christians know that Jesus took their sin away on the cross but they lack faith to believe they are free of all sin and can live it daily so sin overcomes them. Jesus wanted to show us that nothing is impossible for God by healing the man of physical and spiritual need. The man got up and walk away but notjust that he walked away a new person. He was forgiven and made whole. God didn’t just patch him up he gave him a totally new life. Jesus connected the two because forgiving sin is far harder than healing the physical and only Jesus can do both (V5-6).
God told Cain that sin wanted him but that he had to master it (Gen 4:7) so we know that we can overcome
sin. How? By being in Jesus, not just saying we believe but acting on the faith. We walk believing that sin has been defeated in our lives. We declare God’s word that His will is that we be holy (1 Thess. 4:3) and it is so. We tell ourselves the old is gone and the new is here (2 Cor. 5:17). We meditate on God’s love and the
working of this love to take us as filthy creatures make us new and right before him. We allow His joy to fill us. It is His presence that gives us strength and he has made the way for us to stay close to him if we choose. We can choose to fight and draw closer to God who says if we do He will draw close to us. James 4:8 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. In God’s presence there is no darkness so when we truly believe we can remain in Him and light.
It is the single minded focus of a person totally in love with God who is willing to give all away that they may
know and be with God forever. Choose today to let God totally restore you. Ask Him to reveal where you need to repent and seek to be closer to Him daily. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. Ps 23:6
Check out this link to see how they repair a heavily damaged BMW. (In Russian so just skim it)
Song: Broken Vessels Hillsong