Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How Is God's Power Working For You?


But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

God’s Holy Spirit is the enduement of power from on high.  

And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
  (Luke 24:49)

Because of the adamic nature we carry within, it is necessary to have something within us to assist us in fulfilling and achieving the will of God.   That ‘something within’ is spiritual power which Jesus promised to us upon His ascension.

The primary purpose of spiritual power is salvation:

But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. (John 1:12)

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (I Corinthians 1:18)

The demonstration of God's power results in salvation. The villages of Lydda and Sharon were converted when Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bed ridden for eight years, was healed (Acts 9).

A major purpose of the spiritual power delegated to believers was given when Jesus first promised this power:

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

The power Jesus delegated to His followers was to come upon them after  the coming of the Holy Spirit. The purpose of the power was to extend a mighty Gospel witness, starting in Jerusalem and spreading to the ends of the earth.

The first demonstration of this spiritual power was seen in the Apostle Peter. After receiving the Holy Spirit, he gave powerful witness to the Gospel which resulted in salvation for 3,000 people. This was the same Peter who fled at the time of Jesus' arrest. This was the same Peter who denied even knowing the Lord. What had happened?  Peter had been endued with spiritual power!

Our witness of the Gospel must include both testimony and evidence. Evidence is the demonstration of God's power:

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. (Acts 4:33)

For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
  (1 Thessalonians 1:5)

Jesus promised to work with those who fulfill the command to go into the world as witnesses to every creature. Some people seek powerful signs in their ministry, but they are not fulfilling the command to go. The power Jesus promised is to those who fulfill this command.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

In the early Church, the Gospel went forth in boldness because of the enduement of spiritual power:

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the Word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31)

But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. (Acts 9:27)

 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.  (Acts 18:26)

And He went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the Kingdom of God. (Acts 19:8)

But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. (1 Thessalonians 2:2)

The disciples were amazed at the powerful works of Jesus:

And He (Jesus) went out from thence, and came into His own country; and His disciples follow Him.  And when the sabbath day was come, He began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing Him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? And what wisdom is this which is given unto Him, that even such mighty works are wrought by His hands? (Mark 6:1-2)

Jesus said:

I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work. (John 9:4)

Jesus had a definite purpose: He was to work the works of God. This was His motivation. After witnessing these works for a time, the Disciples came to Jesus with this question:

Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  (John 6:28)

Jesus answered:

Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (John 6:29)

The greatest work of God was manifested in Jesus. The Lord focused the attention of His disciples upon this fact rather than the visible demonstration of signs and wonders. True miracles always exalt Jesus. This is the work of God.

Later, Jesus told His followers:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12)

His followers were to do the same works He had done.  They would do greater works. These works would be greater in quantity, not quality--because Jesus must return to Heaven.

His promise came true. Throughout the book of Acts, we witness believers doing the works of God. The sick are healed, demons are cast out, prison doors are opened, and the dead are raised again to life.

One reason God demonstrates His power on earth is to reveal Himself to man. Spiritual power delegated to believers is also for this purpose:

But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. (Matthew 9:8)

Through a powerful Church, God desires to reveal Himself to the entire universe:

To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God. (Ephesians 3:10)

The purpose of this revelation through power is to:

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.  (Acts 26:18)

Power demonstrates the Kingdom of God in action:

Ö        Casting out demons signals God's invasion of the realm of Satan and his final destruction: 

Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.  Matthew 12:29; (Also see:  Mark 3:27; Luke 11:21; John 12:31; Revelation 20:1)

Ö       Healing the sick looks forward to the day when all suffering will end: 

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  Revelation 21:4

Ö      Miraculous provision of food tells us of a day when all human need will end: 

And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.  Revelation 7:1

Ö      Stilling the storms looks forward to victory over the powers using nature to threaten the earth:

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  Revelation 21:1

Ö     Raising the dead announces that death will be forever done away with:

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.  I Corinthians 15:26

Powerful signs and wonders confirm the Word of God:

Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of His grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. (Acts 14:3)

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy WORD.  By stretching forth thine hand to heal: and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. (Acts 4:29-30)

And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. (Mark 16:20)

The power of God rested on Jesus to equip Him for ministry:

And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:2)

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. (Isaiah 61:1)

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil; for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38)

And they were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:22)

This same power was evident in the ministries of believers in the early church. Apostle Paul said:

Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of His power. (Ephesians 3:7)

The effectual working of God's power within you results in ministry. Your ministry comes into being and develops into maturity through the power of God at work in you. Apostle Paul said:

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:4-5)

The early Church was born in a demonstration of God’s power, not through great orators or theological debate. This permitted their faith to be in God instead of the skillful speaking abilities of men.  God's power enables all areas of spiritual ministry: Spreading of the Gospel, ministering to the sick, oppressed, and those bound with demonic powers:

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  (Matthew 28:18-19)

And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.          (Mark 16:17-18)

And when He had called them unto Him, His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. (Matthew 10:1)

You are approved as a minister of God by the power of God:

But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, (2 Corinthians 6:4,7)

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Monday, February 23, 2015

God's Power Revealed

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (John 1:1)

Some people question how God, being a spirit, talks to man.  While true believers know that God speaks to us in a variety of ways, the most prevalent and obvious way that God speaks to us is through His written word; what we refer to as the Bible.   God instigated the record of His thoughts and actions through man:

And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.  (Exodus 17:4)

God reveals the purpose of His written word:

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Timothy 3:16)

The Bible is a record of how God reveals His power in the earth. Here are the various ways God reveals His power:

*        Through His spoken thought, [And God said . . . ] the world was created:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

*         God has revealed Himself in nature. - 

The plants and animals, valleys and mountains, waters and deserts, and even the skies above are all visible signs of His creative power:

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in the firmament of His power.  (Psalms 150:1)

Which by His strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power; Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves and the tumult of the people.  (Psalms 65:6-7)

*        God is in the wind, sea, and mountains:

He caused an east wind to blow in the Heaven; and by His power He brought in the south wind. (Psalms 78:26)

The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.  He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.  The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.
 (Nahum 1:3-5)

*       He controls all the elements of nature:

When He uttereth His voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; He maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of His treasures. (Jeremiah 10:13)

Job 38-40 provides a detailed record of how God is revealed in the world of nature. God has revealed His power so clearly in nature that men have no excuse for not believing in Him:

For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

From beginning to end, God's written Word reveals His power. It opens with His power to create. It closes with His power to destroy, judge, and recreate. Between Genesis and Revelation, God's Word records His power constantly at work in the world and in the lives of men and women.

Not only do the accounts recorded in God's Word reflect His power, but the words in which they are told are powerful:

For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Acts of judgment by God reveal His power. His power was first demonstrated in judgment when He judged Adam and Eve after their sin (Genesis 3).

It was revealed at a greater level when God destroyed the entire world with a flood in the days of Noah (Genesis 6-9).

The Bible is a continual record of the power of God revealed through judgment of sin. He sent judgment upon His people when they sinned. He also sent judgment upon evil nations as recorded in the book of Judges and the books written by the prophets.

Each time God sent judgment, He clearly indicated its purpose was that people would come to know His power.

And thou shalt say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.  Thus saith the Lord, In this thou shalt know that I am the Lord: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.   (Exodus 7:16-17)

Throughout history, God reveals His power in miraculous acts of redemption.

Although God judged Adam and Eve, He provided a way of salvation for them 

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.  (Genesis 3:15). 

Although He destroyed the wicked earth with a flood, He provided an ark of safety (Genesis 6-9).

God redeemed Israel from bondage in Egypt through His power:

And because He loved thy fathers, therefore He chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in His sight with His mighty power out of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 4:37)

God raised up judges, kings, and prophets whom He used to redeem His people out of the hand of the enemy. Nehemiah said of Israel:

Now these are thy servants and thy people whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand. (Nehemiah 1:10)

Each time God redeemed His people, He had a purpose. That purpose was to reveal His power:

Nevertheless He saved them for His name's sake, that He might make His mighty power to be known. (Psalms 106:8)

God's greatest plan of redemption was revealed in Jesus Christ through whom all men could be redeemed from sin once and for all.

God's power was revealed through the prophecies about the birth of Jesus and in His miraculous birth. 

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  
Isaiah 9:6

It was evident in the life, teaching, and ministry of the Lord as well as in His death and resurrection.  The greatest revelation of God's power was in Jesus Christ:

And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and THE POWER OF HIS CHRIST: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. (Revelation 12:10)

Through Jesus, we too can have power.  Jesus promised His followers:

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

Acts 2 is the record of the coming of the Holy Spirit, sent from God as Jesus had promised. Through the Holy Spirit, God continues to reveal His power.  God also reveals His power in other supernatural ways. "Supernatural" means beyond the power of the natural world. It is something that cannot be done by the power of man.

God's power has been revealed through miraculous healings, deliverances from demon powers, the dead being restored to life . . .  through water flooding the entire earth and even through fire falling from Heaven. The entire Bible is a record of supernatural signs of God revealing His power. God's power is still revealed through such signs today.

Jesus said such powerful signs would be done by God through believers:

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.   (Mark 16:17-18)

From the beginning of His written Word, God worked on this earth through men and women. Man has a capacity for power unlike any other created being. God's judgment came through evil men and women. Redemption came through godly judges, prophets, kings, and finally through Jesus Christ.

When Jesus came to earth to manifest God's power He was born of a woman in human form. The greatest redemption of all times, redemption from sin, came through one made in the form of man.

After Jesus returned to Heaven, God continued to demonstrate His power on earth through men and women. The book of Acts is the record of the power of God at work through believers.

And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:20)

God's power was demonstrated through the power of the Gospel that changes lives of men and women. It was demonstrated in miracles of healing and deliverance. His power was shown in spite of suffering and persecution.  Whenever God raises up a man or ministry it is for the purpose of showing His power. God said to Moses:

And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power, and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.               (Exodus 9:16)

God continues to reveal His power today through believers who are part of the true Church. He demonstrates His power through special leaders He sets in the Church and through spiritual gifts given to believers.  

Why does God reveal His power on earth? Why does He show miraculous signs to mankind?   Many purposes of God's power can be summed up in one major purpose. This purpose, from the beginning of time, was to redeem sinful mankind through Jesus Christ. The purpose of the revelation of His power is to draw all men to Himself through Jesus:

Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath PURPOSED in Himself;  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times, He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him. (Ephesians 1:9-10)

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ephesians 3:11)

God is the source of all power. He is the supreme and highest authority in the universe.

Although God is the source of power, His authority does not go unchallenged. The levels of authority He has established in the world also do not go unchallenged. There are evil forces challenging God's authority. They are not a threat to His authority in any way, but they constantly wage warfare against it nevertheless. If you incorporate  God's ways and thoughts into your life and apply it, then you will be challenged by these same forces.  Out of all the armor that God gives us to enable us to stand only one piece of the armor is used to defend our self; the rest is protective gear.  The one part of the armor that God supplies us with to defend ourselves with is the sword - which is His word.  God, in His infinite wisdom , has given us all that we need to confront and face anything that comes against us – His Written Word!

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Overcoming Oppression, Possession and Obsession

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil; for God was with Him.
(Acts 10:38)

There is not one single child of God that should be living a life of oppression, obsession of ungodly things and most definitely not possessed with evil spirits.  

An inspiring promise is given to those of us who have purposed in our hearts to live victorious lives in God.  God tells us in His word that whoever overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and He will not blot out their name out of the book of life, but their name will be confessed before our heavenly Father, and before His angels. 
  Knowing this, we should never allow our self to reach a point of oppression because of the enemy.

Evil spirits can oppress people. To oppress means to bear down, come against, or bind from the outside. This oppression is accomplished by evil spirits in various ways. They cause depression, create negative circumstances, and insert wrong thoughts into the mind such as thoughts of suicide, immorality, unbelief, fear, etc. Demons create Satanic circumstances and situations which tempt men to sin:

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were OPPRESSED of the Devil; for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38)

Demons can also possess human beings:

For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
Mark 7:25-26

And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
 Mark 9:17-18

Demon possession is a condition in which one or more evil spirits (demons) inhabit the body of a human being and take complete control of their victim at will. Some people prefer the term "demonized" rather than possession, but regardless of the term, the possessed person is host to demons. "Possession" does not mean a person is not responsible for his own sin. His responsibility rests with the factors that led to his condition.

Possession can happen willingly. A person may desire to be taken over by spirit powers in order to conduct seances, pronounce curses, become a witch, or secure some other supernatural power. Possession can also occur unwilling. An individual does not ask to be possessed, but through sinful thoughts, actions, or contact with the occult, possession results.

Demonic powers operating in parents and the sins of the parents can affect the next generation:

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; Exodus 20:5

This accounts for demon possession or oppression of children such as recorded in Mark 7:24-30 and 9:17-21.

There is also such a thing as demon obsession. This is a condition where one becomes obsessed by an interest in or preoccupation with demons. It is an unusual interest in the occult, demons, and Satan which controls interests and pursuits in a dictating manner. Such obsession with demon powers can lead to possession by them.

A true believer cannot be possessed by a demon because the Holy Spirit cannot inhabit the same temple as an evil spirit:

What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: Therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.  I Corinthians 6:19-20

When you belong to God and are filled with the Holy Spirit, you cannot belong to Satan and be filled with his spirits at the same time. The Holy Ghost will not abide in the same "temple" with Satan.

But this does not mean believers cannot be affected by demonic powers. It is these powers against which we wrestle. Satan uses demonic powers to attack believers from the outside through oppression, the symptoms of which were previously discussed. But he cannot possess the true believer. To "possess" indicates inside occupation. To "oppress" or bind indicates control from the outside. The activities of believers can be Satanically directed if they allow demonic powers to oppress them. Such oppression or binding by evil powers permits Satan to use them for evil purposes.

This is what happened when Peter, a disciple of Jesus, was used of Satan to try to divert Jesus from suffering for the sins of all mankind. When Jesus described the suffering He was to go through, Peter said:

Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.  Matthew 16:22

Jesus said to Peter:

But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men
. Matthew 16:23

Jesus did not mean Peter was actually Satan. He recognized that at that moment Peter had allowed Satan to operate through him. He was not demon possessed, but he was allowing Satanic spirits to influence him.

Believers, by their own actions, give place or make room for Satan to use them. 

Neither give place to the devil.  Ephesians 4:27

When a person is born again (baptized in the name of Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit), his name is written in a special book in Heaven called the book of life. Only those whose names are in this book will be residents of Heaven for eternity:

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of  fire.  Revelation 20:15

It is possible to have your name written in the book of life, but later blotted out because of turning back to sinful living:

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before His angels. Revelation 3:5

If a believer continues in known, un-confessed sin, there is a point at which he can cease to be a Christian. Apostle Paul expressed his own concern that he not be "cast away" after preaching to others:

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.   I Corinthians 9:27

Apostle Paul realized that sin, especially continued un-confessed sins of the flesh, could result in the loss of his own soul even though he had preached to others.

By continuing to live in sin you will eventually end up in a backslidden condition. This means you will no longer be a true follower of Jesus Christ. If you continue in known and un-confessed sin, no one can tell you at what point you cease to become a follower of Jesus and again become part of Satan's Kingdom. It is God that determines that point. But when it does occur, you are opening yourself up to greater attacks of the enemy, including the possibility of demon possession. This is why it is important when you sin to immediately confess your sin and turn from unrighteousness:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us. I John 1:9-10

Jesus is called the Word of God in many places in Scripture.  If the Word of God does not dwell in you, then Jesus does not dwell in you.

It would bode well for us, when we find ourselves overtaken in sin, that we seek God.

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. James 5:14-15

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