Keep Walking is the name of our weekly blog, where we will discuss real topics about struggles, problems and issues we as Christians face in our daily lives, and how do we apply God’s Word to our real world and life situations.
What makes the Christian Life a Walk?
When we stop to think about what’s required in order to physically walk, we can draw some parallels to the Christian life.
1) It’s a process.
Walking requires that we put one foot in front of the other. Though we are able to walk, there are times where we stumble, trip and fall while simply putting one foot in front of the other. There are also times where we have something impede our steps, requiring us to go around, over or under. Likewise, spiritual growth is a process that requires us to sometimes to stable ourselves when we stumble, get up when we trip and fall or navigate whether to go around, over or under what impeding our step.
2) Walking is a process requiring balance.
When babies begin learning to walk, they struggle with the balance needed to stay upright. They often fall and need to get up and try again. As children, we become aware of our surroundings and are able to navigate ourselves around. As teens we start becoming conscious of ourselves and our surroundings, where to step, how to step and what steps to avoid. As young adults we begin the stages of learning who we are, our environment and how to navigate our surroundings. By the time we mature we learn who to have balance in our daily activities of life. Similarly, our spiritual walk in Christ follow along this same course of growth.
3) It’s a process that requires movement in addition to maintaining balance.
While we can walk in place, most walking involves moving forward, making steady progress, as we go from one destination to another. Spiritual maturity only happens as we keep growing. To stand still is to become lethargic and sluggish in the Christian life.
4) It’s a process requiring faith to maintain balance while we move.
When we walk we lift one foot off the ground, keeping our balance on the other foot, trusting that the other foot will hold us upright. Without faith, it’s impossible to please God but also to truly walk the walk (Heb. 11).
5) It’s a process requiring communication from the head, our brain.
Our brains control how our bodies function, relaying messages to our legs through our central nervous system. A blockage of some sort can affect the way we walk. Unless we, as believers, yield to the Head, Jesus Christ, our Christian walk will never be what it should, or could, be.
The Christian life is a battle and a march. In this warfare there is no release; the effort must be continuous and persevering. It is by unceasing endeavor that we maintain the victory over the world, temptations, and our enemy, the god of this world.
Scripture describes our relationship with the Lord as a walk:
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord
Therefore, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in Him
1 Thes 2:12
encouraging you, comforting you, and urging you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
The process of walking in a manner worthy of our Lord, is a struggle. A struggle that must be continuous with each step until we come to the place where it’s no longer a struggle.
So, in our first episode of Keep Walking, Let’s talk about continually committing the same sin, over and over again. Do I stop going to the Lord asking for forgiveness for the same sins I keep committing?
Over 30 years ago, when I was still baby in Christ, I remember one Sunday at a Church, the preacher was saying how we can’t keep coming before God with the same sins over and over again, and how that’s not true repentance.
I absolutely felt dejected, and even shameful. I thought to myself, “well, where do I go? What do I do?” I know in my heart and soul, that God is the only one who forgives sin. So what do I do now?
In the first couple years after accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, I struggled mightily with re-occurring sin… so much so, I would often say to the Lord, “Lord, I’m Can’t Get Right. I keep committing the same sins over and over.” But, I would also say to the Lord, “you told me to come as I am, and, I did Lord, bringing with me all my bags of junk….
I remember coming to the Lord with all my bags of junk, and hearing Him say to me, “no, don’t leave that one over there, bring that too.” I had a lot for the Lord to clean up in me.
So, now I hear the preacher telling me that I can’t keep going to the Lord asking for forgiveness for the same sins over and over again! Boy, was I dejected and felt lost.
Later that same day, as I was feeling dejected and ashamed, the Lord nudged me and told me to read two passages: The first being 1 John 1:8-9
8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
What immediately jumped out at me was HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST….Meaning, the Lord will always do what He said He would do, and that is, if I confess my sins before Him and to Him, He would forgive me and also cleanse me of my unrighteousness. Now, we have to understand, unrighteous only has one meaning, and that is “not being righteous”, and righteous only means one thing, and that is being in a right standing.
So, God told me that if I confess my sins before Him, and He didn’t put a limited number of times I can confess them; He said, He would not only forgive me of them, but that He would immediately put me back into a right standing before Him. And, He said He is faithful to do just that.
I took 1 John 1:9 to heart, and believe what God just told me. So, I began confessing every sin I could think of, even my thoughts that were wrong. Immediately, I felt… no, experienced a cleansing, a washing, of my soul like I’ve never felt. I felt closer to God than ever before. I knew my sins were forgiven and cleansed. My heart felt a righteousness before God that I had only experienced once before, and that was when I was Baptized in the Name of Jesus.
From that day forward, I began my walk. A walk that lead to my continual confession of sin before the Lord, and prayer for deliverance. The strength to overcome those sins that ensnared me and the things that hindered me. (Hebrew 12:1). My true journey in my walk with the Lord had begun. And, over the years, the Lord has delivered me from so much, it’s indescribable!
I came as I was to the Lord with over 300 Chalkboards full of sin, and today, I have 1, maybe 1 ½ chalkboards of sin in my life. Hallelujah and Amen!
Now, 1 John 1:9 is not a license to sin, because we have forgiveness, not at all. But, what God is telling us, is that we have His assurance, that though we are weak, fallible, and even given to our sinful nature, if we trust Him, and bring our violations before Him, He will forgive us, and help us to get on the right track. Remember, David, who God called the apple of His eye, spoke and said, “he was born in sin and shapen by iniquity” Psalms 51:5
I have but one question for you. If you keep committing the same sin, but you believe in your heart that Jesus came into this world, died for your sins, and offers you forgiveness, then where do you go? Do you just give up? Do you just abandon your faith? Do you turn yourself over to the enemy? Then, where do you go for forgiveness? God is faithful and just to forgive you of your sins and cleanse you of all unrighteousness when you confess your sins to Him. Then ask Him to help you overcome them.
To many of us focus more on the sin than the Savior.