Wednesday July 22, 2009
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Turning Sin Loose"

Turning sin loose is an important thing for you to do; it is the final step. It is the last thing that God requires for your sins to be washed away.

Not turning loose sends an entirely different message to God; it sends a message of doubt. Have you ever considered that not turning loose may be construed as doubting God’s ability to forgive sin or even worse, His willingness to forgive you?

There is a big “If” in John 3:16 KJV; “whosoever believeth” is an “If” that questions belief…the answer tells whose sins are forgiven:

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Hopefully, “Whosoever believeth” includes you; believing that Christ died for your sins shows that you do…Your job is to prove it. You do this by (1) Seeking forgiveness and (2) Turning sin loose that God has forgiven.

Turning loose presents a problem for some and refusing to release sin brings questions to the forefront, questions like “Why not turn loose?” and “what persuades anyone to hold on to sin that God forgives?”

Good questions; does sin overwhelm you? Have you ever felt that yours are too much for God to handle? Have you ever felt that forgiveness is beyond reach? Have you ever felt that you must qualify to receive forgiveness?

Where is your faith? Is it possible for the “If you believe” portion of John 3:16 KJV to be causing a problem?

“Whosoever believeth” is faith. Faith exists when you believe in something that you cannot see and it may be a good idea for you to consider it a personal challenge from God.

Challenging faith is nothing new for in Mathew 8:26 KJV, you observe Christ challenging the faith of His disciple’s:

And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm

Christ’s disciples had lost their faith and here they hold a distinct advantage over you; they were in His presence…they witnessed His miracles.

God expects you to be strong; He wants you to know that faith removes doubt.

The above verse refers to a “great calm” and turning loose will bring you “great calm”; turning loose shows God that you believe. It shows you accepting forgiveness…the moment you receive it.

How strong is your faith?




Are you having difficulty turning loose?

How well do you understand John 3:16?


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