Job 40:6-9 – “Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm, and said, 7 “Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me. 8 “Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified? 9 “Or do you have an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like His?” NASB
We have considered a couple of the most common excuses to justify sin and today it would serve us well to address one that is incredibly damaging. It is the excuse, “I Can’t Fulfill God’s Requirements Because I Have a Sinful Nature.”
When a person says that, are they saying that every faculty and even the very essence of their makeup was poisoned and made sinful by Adam? That sin nature came to you through the bloodline? Do they mean that they were born in sin and the substance of their being is so saturated with sin that they have become sin themselves? Those are both true and false declarations.
If a person is saying, “God You made my nature itself sin and I am and will always be a sinner, therefore you cannot blame me for my condition, you did it” that is an indictment against God. That position ignores the Lamb of Sacrifice and the work of Jesus on the Cross. What is sin? God says it is Transgression of the Law but beyond that, the Bible clearly reveals that sin is ‘missing the mark’ and to miss the mark we must, as did Adam, become rebellious and disobedient.
If God is responsible for my sinfulness, then I cannot be blamed and there can be no condemnation. That would make God the most-evil being ever! If I am not personally responsible for my sin, then I have no sin. Yes, Adam brought sin into the race and yes, through Adam all are under the domain of the devil. However, we must never forget that the Bible makes it clear that the ‘soul that sins shall die’ and that is the result of personal choice and personal rebellion against God’s Law. If we make it solely about a ‘sin nature’ then it is God’s fault, not ours. I suggest that God does hold you accountable for Adam’s sin but for your own.
It is time that we stop blaming God or anything but ourselves for our failure to serve God and enter into a deeper relationship with Him. He stands at the door and knocks. He has invited us to enter into His presence. He has provided the sacrifice in the Blood of Jesus on the Cross to atone for our sins. Our sins not Adams, not parents, not society’s, but ours! I am guilty LORD and I stand in repentance. I make no excuse for my failure to comply with your Word and Will. I ask mercy not judgment!
I have had some tell me that they are “Waiting for God’s Time” before they fully pursue His purposes. I heard of a woman who had lived in sin for many years and she received Jesus in a church service. She went to the pastor and told Him that she wanted to know God’s will for her life. He said, “Well, God had to wait a long time for you to come to Him, so you will have to wait a long time for Him to come to you.” WHAT? No, No, No, a thousand times No! God invites us to come and wants us to enter in NOW! I am not saying rush out and pursue a ministry before you are prepared, established and ready, but God is not going to punish you by making you wait for Him to direct you because you waited a long time to accept His pardon. That would be diabolical.
ALL EXCUSES FOR SIN ADD INSULT TO INJURY
When accused of a wrong we find ourselves in a position where we must confess, justify, or deny. Regarding our sin, there is no justification, so the only wise course is confessed and repent. Excuses render repentance virtually impossible. You cannot repent of what you do not believe you are guilty of and refuse to admit. Therefore, I urge each of us to take all our excuses and self-justifications to the Cross and lay them at the feet of Jesus in repentance.
God requires no more of us that we are reasonably capable of doing. He asks that we give all of ourselves to Him and serve Him with our whole heart. He has promised that He will give us aid and comfort. He will guard and guide. Excuses are evidence that things are not right on the inside and we are, in a very real sense, blaming God for our condition. Sin is not God’s fault it is the fault of the individual. We, as did Adam and Eve, choose the path we will take and in that choice is our guilt.
This is a simple prayer we could and should pray: “LORD, I am guilty, and I ask you to forgive me for my disobedience. I ask that you cleanse me with the Blood of Jesus and receive me into the beloved. I thank You that You promised that if I would come You would not turn me away. I receive Your forgiveness and will make no more Excuses! Amen!“
God bless you as you embark on the adventures of today in Him!