Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 194
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What a title for today’s writing by Michael…it automatically draws some sort of response by everyone who sees it. The question is: what is your response? Do you initially believe “a Christian cannot sin”??? Let’s take a look at what Michael has to say, then speak our belief.
A Christian Cannot Sin
No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. –I John 3:9
I really enjoy I John as the great book of abiding. If we are in Him, we will see exactly Jesus flowing from us. If we are not in Him, we will fail. We will have times when we are not abiding, and in those times He is greater than our sin. As we abide, His anointing is teaching us; we actually will not need a teacher (I John 2:27). I cannot say that I have ever surprised an abiding Christian with a truth he did not know.
Those that are born of God cannot sin! Do you sin? Does this mean that you are not born of God? No! Let me explain, for this passage has tripped up more than one believer. As a Christian you cannot sin; that is a fact. You do not believe me. Well, let me explain it this way. I say to the five-year-old boy, "You cannot drive a truck." Is my statement true? Yes! He cannot drive a truck. Later, the boy gets in the truck, inserts the key, turns the ignition, and moves the truck forward until it runs into a tree. At that point are you ready to admit that the boy can drive? No! Even though he has been turning the wheel, starting the engine, and accelerating the truck, we all agree that those actions alone do not constitute driving. He is not going to get his driver’s license any time soon. In the same way the Christian cannot sin. Oh, he may get in the seat and display the right actions, but he cannot go anywhere with it. Nothing is done properly, and we will not give him a license verifying that he is a sinner.
A woman told me that she was thinking of having an affair, of becoming an adulteress. I exclaimed, "You cannot!" "Who will stop me?" she wanted to know. I explained that I was not going to stop her, but the seed of life in her, Jesus, would never let her become an adulteress. "You may go through the actions, but you will not be able to get your license as an adulteress. You will never be comfortable doing that.” Although she did initially proceed down that road, she turned back. Her outer life could not maintain its stance against the Christ that dwelt within her.
Struggle reveals that a believer cannot sin. It really stinks to have one’s heart condemn him. One day the believer wakes up and says that it is just not worth it, and then he finds that Jesus is greater than the heart. Beautiful.
Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point Green – IT, Incredible Truth
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches Pink – PV, Priceless Victory
Michael points to the seed of life, Jesus Christ, within each Christian that works to prevent the Believer from sinning. Truth is: the real person of a Christian is Jesus Himself. His Life IS our life. And Jesus cannot sin. So, it is truth to say “a Christian cannot sin.” And the Bible does not call a Christian a sinner…only a saint. Yet every Christian still has some “flesh” that can sin, but it is not the real person.
Thank God that as a Christian our outer life (flesh) cannot maintain its stance against the inner life, Christ, that dwells in us. The heart of Michael’s writing is that if sin is present in our life for a time, it cannot prevail. Jesus IS greater than anything that presents itself against Him. Amen.
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