January 23, 2024
I recently heard a quote that intrigued me. It was: “We should be more concerned with the root of sin than we are about the fruit of sin.” Wow! That is a powerful statement.
Most preachers spend a lot of effort to get people to confess their sins and be saved. This is wonderful and very necessary. We need to convince people that they are sinners in need of a savior. Also that they need to confess their sins and receive the forgiveness that is available through the blood of Jesus Christ.
This is dealing with the fruits of our sins but what about repentance and turning away from our sins? Sometimes preachers make grace too easy and there is no mention of living a new life in Christ that doesn’t include continuing on in your sins. We need to deal with the root of sin – what is causing us to sin.
The Bible says that we all have inherited a sinful nature. So we need to crucify that old carnal self so that we can experience total victory over sin. It is not enough to deal with the fruit of the sins over and over. We need to take out the root of sin and that will help us to not want to be controlled by sin and keep on in it. Praise God that there is a solution to the sin problem
This destroying the root of sin or putting the old self to death is called sanctification. It is something that no one can do on their own – just like they can’t save themselves. This must be done by the power of God through the blood of Jesus and with the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
If a person has been saved but has not asked God to destroy the root of sin or put the old self to death, then they will not enjoy the total victory that God has for them. Their Christian experience will be a roller coaster with times of defeat more often than victory. So ask God today to destroy the root of sin in your life and you can fully experience the fruit of the spirit rather than the fruit of sin.
In love with Jesus – Gary Mimbs