Satan’s Greatest Lie is That Sin Keeps Christians From God

What is the barrier between us and anything of value?  THE PRICE. I see an expensive, designer made, sparkley, super hot shirt hanging in the mall, what keeps it from being mine?  PAYING THE PRICE.  My girl drools over the newest Build A Bear addition, why can’t she just walk away with it?  THE PRICE MUST BE PAID. A brand new house stands on a ten acre lot, upgrades throughout, marble entry, fountain into the pool, detached five car garage. Sitting there waiting, just waiting for someone to move in and make it a home. Everyone wants it, everyone loves it. What will it take?  PAYING THE PRICE. 

One beautiful summer day, I changed my girl into her swim suit, packed some essentials and we headed to a local water spot. The city designed a long flight of stairs in the middle of the city with water flowing over them. On a hot day in July, hundreds of children gather and splash and play. Slip on sunglasses, lather sunscreen, playing commences. After the initial energy is used up, I spread a towel for Madison to sit beside me. I pull out two lunches and we have a little picnic. And then for the grand finale, a Tootsie Pop appears. Shouts of glee and happiness follow. This is her version of the perfect moment. The lollipop is popped into her mouth. But then, all of the sudden, from the throng of children, a face appears.  “I want a sucker.”  The voice demands.  I understand childhood plees and respond, “Oh sorry sweetheart. That is the only one.”  I am a bit shocked with the tantrum and stamped feet that march away complaining. Now, without going too far with my imperfect analogy, there are two things that I want to point out. One, the treat belonged to this certain child because she was my child. I did not scan the audience for the best behaved child. I did not look for the hungriest child. I handed it to MY child. I had prepared that surprise in advance for MY child. Secondly, the Bible tells us to be like children. CHILDREN ACCEPT. When Madison saw me pull out that tootsie pop, it was her’s. She did not say, “Mom, let me first earn this.  Watch me be kind to all the children here and then you can give it to me.”  She did not say, “Wait. I can pay for this. Let’s go home and get the money out of my piggy bank.”  NO!  She took it and enjoyed it as a gift.  

Now. I love my girl. I love my daughter no matter what. Why do I love her?  Because she is mine!  She can make perfect grades, be a sweet friend, give her all in sports, and sleep in on Saturdays and I will love her. She can struggle and flop out of school, be selfish, unkind, lack ambition, wake me up at 4 am, and spill my coffee and SHE WILL STILL BE MY DAUGHTER AND I WILL STILL LOVE HER!

THE PRICE IS PAID!  Christians, we are God’s children. If we sin, it hurts us in the here and now but as far as God is concerned, IT IS IRRELEVANT TO HIS LOVE FOR US AND HIS FATHERHOOD. WE ARE HIS CHILDREN. NO SIN CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF OUR FATHER!

The world knows “Christians” by people who don’t cuss, don’t drink, does not wear certain clothes, and judges everyone else who does. 

NO!  Believers in Christ screw up just as much as everyone else!  THE AMOUNT OF SINNING IS IRRELEVANT TO BEING A CHILD OF GOD!  Can I say that again so the non-believers will say, “Say what?!” And so that the believers can breathe a sigh of relief, THE AMOUNT OF SINNING IS IRRELEVANT TO BEING A CHILD OF GOD. The only difference in a Christian is that they realize they sin and that they need Jesus. In fact, Christians can be the biggest sinners there are!  Look at the people that followed Jesus!  They were sinners, big ones, like prostitutes and swindlers!  



29 thoughts on “Satan’s Greatest Lie is That Sin Keeps Christians From God

  1. When I sin, I feel horrible. Like, my heart is so ugly. I condemn MYSELF way too much. And I know better than that! I just feel like I have to live up to this standard and if I sin in my heart,, I feel so separated from God. That I shouldn’t do this or that for God but even on my good days, I still shouldn’t but I forget that Christ already paid the price whether in good or bad. I think too much. I needed to read this post

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      • You and me both! I tell my kids often that when Father God looks at you, He sees the perfection of Christ because they have all accepted His gift of salvation. He never sees our sin. The Holy One will address any sin in our lives because He loves us and wants His best for us. He knows just how to walk us through living in this world. I tell them this mostly because they really love pointing out each other’s sins, but more importantly so they truly understand that they are forgiven and covered. What would our world look like if every believer actually believed and lived out the truth of who they are and who Jesus is! I often have to look in the mirror and repeat, “I am His baby girl! I am precious to Him and live in His power!”
        Again, thanks for this timely reminder. I’m going to look forward to my “tootsie pop” today.

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        • oh! i love how you stated that and what you say to your children! he does not see our sin! he sees Christ! and how different our world would be if christians treated everyone like you are teaching your children! thank you!

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  2. You are right about how much God loves us and that Jesus has paid the full price for our sins. I think it is important for us to consider the fact that Jesus also gives us the power to overcome sin. This does not happen by trying to put yourself under the law. It happens when you realize that your are free from the law. The scripture is clear that; we are not to continue in sin, and that God will forgive us (His children) as we repent of our sins, and that God hates sin, and that God desires for us to grow in our relationship with Him. It is a lie from Satan that God leaves His children when we sin, but it is true that God corrects those that He loves. He will not leave us in out sin. Sin is damaging to ourselves, out families, our witness, and our relationship with God. The Holy Spirit dwells within us, we are the temple of God, and God hates sin. I fail regularly. I repent regularly. God forgives me regularly. When I fail to repent God corrects me regularly. God loves me. My sin debt is paid, but the battle between the flesh and the Spirit rages on. Lord bless!

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  3. All these religious men fool common people by reminding the burden of their sins every day. And which they need for the survival of their religion. Not us. So understand every religious leader as a social revolutionist they worked for the betterment if us people and try to destroy every chains which make a man a slave..

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  4. Hi “Beautiful Life with Cancer” – thank you for sharing your revelation regarding sin. As a hospice chaplain I deal with “sin” more than any other hinderance to someone dying peacefully. In my own immaturity, when I first got started several years ago, I hurt people with the same message that was to help them. “Converting” was my focus rather than “comforting.” I take a whole new approach now, leading people to the peace that passes all understanding rather than having them jump through a bunch of hoops trying to earn their way. I preached a message this past month on “Finding Your Perfect” which was exactly what you were writing about. I tried finding a direct email for you so as to share this just with you not taking up your comment space, but couldn’t find any. Here’s the link. Hope it can be a blessing to you and your readers. In His Love & Service, Jeff –

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  5. God’s grace is greater than can be described, and Jesus paid the price more than enough for the worst of sinners which I like Paul believe I am. A Christian must be mindful of the enormity of sin which caused Christ’s most horrible death. From reading your blog daily I know that you child-like look to our Great Merciful God to enable us to “go and sin no more.”

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  6. I have been thinking about your post for most of the day. It really struck a chord with me, in a good way. I realised something else as well, as a Christian I am guilty of having a superstitious faith! By that I mean that there are times that I think, “if I do this then God will not bless” or even worse, “if I do that then some ill will befall a loved one because He will withdraw His protection!” Or “I must do this or that to ensure that it pleases God and he might bless me!” It’s ridiculous I know, irrational even but I find that it happens, worryingly, with frequency! It flies in the face of all I read in the bible but there must be some deep seated guilt that means I am excluded because somehow I feel that I don’t measure up. Again your post really helped me and I hope that by His grace I will figure it out.

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