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Self-Aware?

Beyond necessities, every child of God desires miracles and blessings from the Lord. But experiencing those types of blessings comes with a cost (Mat 16:24-26). You are born with desires and can make choices based on those desires.

But as a child of God who has to make choices, what kind of risk are you putting your relationship with Jesus Christ in, if you make choices without him?

Mat 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If anyman will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Something happened to Adam when he disobeyed the Lord. Adam became self-aware, meaning; for the first time in the history of mankind, he became aware of his own needs.  He chose to put his needs above the needs of God and Eve’s instead.

Genesis 3:9-12  And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.  And he said, Who told thee that thou wastnaked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?  And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

It is unfortunate that the church doesn’t teach it this way. Instead, we are taught to believe sin is somehow a separate entity, like a person. The word sin is meant to encapsulate, in a single word, all the acts of disobedience to God. The different types of words used to describe sin point to specific behaviors that are displeasing to God.

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

When you see sin as a separate thing from yourself, it makes it difficult for Jesus Christ to deal with and bless you above & beyond your basic needs being met.

I Am the True Vine

John 15:1-8  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Although Christ solved the problem of sin in the flesh through a series of actions he took while on the earth, the work of staying clean before the Lord becomes difficult. You cannot undo experiences. Once the flesh has tasted something, it is difficult, but not impossible, to rid oneself of them. But it takes lots of deliberate work to create change. Not by obeying the letter of the law, but hearing and seeing Christ, then responding appropriately to him.

For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.  Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.