Are You Standing In Hot Coals?
Lesson Six: by turtle

Last week we established that we all sin, and not only that we all sin, but that if a person says they do not sin is a liar. Many years ago,
in the middle of teaching Bible study I actually had a woman tell me she was perfect and never sinned. I was very untrained in the word
in some ways, and was totally shocked. I never meet a person until that day that actually claimed to be perfect. She was not declaring
her perfection on being saved by the grace of God. Since then I have meet quite a few that told me they have never sinned. One person
had sat and adamantly declare she was perfect while talking about her neighbor. What woman was saying was a total lie. Finally I spoke
up. I said is what you are saying about your neighbor true. No said the woman. Then I asked, in the Bible that is called gossip. Gossip is
speaking lies about your neighbor. That person ignored me after that anytime I would see her. I often think maybe I was a bit to blunt
thought I did point out I was not perfect either in the since of never making a mistake. Jesus always spoke to sin no more.

John 5:14 KJV
(14)  Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come
unto thee.

John 8:11 KJV
(11)  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Why would Jesus tell people to sin no more if it was impossible task? Paul answers the question quite well for a believer when he speaks
of the spiritual war that goes on within the believer. The fact as a Christian we serve God by our mind and often break the law of the Old
Testament in our flesh.

Romans 7:14-25 KJV
(14)  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
(15)  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
(16)  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
(17)  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
(18)  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is
good I find not.
(19)  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
(20)  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
(21)  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
(22)  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
(23)  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is
in my members.
(24)  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
(25)  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Fact from historical fact the Jews were under the law. The law itself never saved anyone, but obedience to the law pleased God. To
obey the law is to love. Yet Paul declares to follow the law is impossible in the flesh. In other words we constantly break the law even if
our aim is not to. Paul was consider a righteous man in his day. Paul was not a crook, killer or a thief. Yet he says he wrestles with the
law. The law of sin and death is what he wrestle with. The fact is we are born into a world of sin. Because we do not obey God we all
sin. God instructs us and then we do the opposite of what He tells us to do.

God spoke to my heart to go speak to a friend once and made it clear ot my heart to go now, and I did not do it immediately. I did go
and speak to him, but I had waited. He died two hours later. If I gone sooner would it made any difference, I will never know, but it
makes a difference that I know I did not go when I should of gone sooner. Jonah sinned in disobedience by not going to Nineveh when
he instructed though he did go. God used Jonah running for a purpose. The sailors onboard that ship that day worshipped God. Read it
for yourself in Jonah 1.

Paul in the next chapter goes a step further to explain what he means In Romans 7.

Romans 8:1-9 KJV
(1)  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
(2)  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
(3)  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for
sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
(4)  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
(5)  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
(6)  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
(7)  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
(8)  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
(9)  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of
Christ, he is none of his.

Paul speaks of spiritual mindedness. We need the mind of Christ. In other words we need to believe in Jesus. Today many of us are not
spiritual minded. We look to money or our insurance, or friends for the answers, instead of looking toward Jesus. If we are saved, we
often struggle with trust issues in faith. Trusting God is a daily walk. God’s word says that when we are saved we are a new creation.

2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
(17)  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Yet the Bible plainly speaks that Jesus says go and sin no more, yet we still sin, and Christ came to save us from our sin. None of us is
perfect. Not one of us. Yet if we are saved we have an advocator with the Father. In other words we have a lawyer that goes to God the
Father and defends us.

1 John 2:1-2 KJV
(1)  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus
Christ the righteous:
(2)  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

One has to realize this is not a license to sin. In fact the very next verse commands us to obey God.

1 John 2:3-11 KJV
(3)  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
(4)  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
(5)  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
(6)  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
(7)  Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old
commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
(8)  Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light
now shineth.
(9)  He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
(10)  He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
(11)  But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness
hath blinded his eyes.

The golden rule to obeying God has always been to love. To love despite the sin of others. It not easy. If we say we hate then love is not
there. Is it normal to hate. Only the grace of God can enable our hearts to love.

John is writing the church in John 2. He reminding them to love. And reminds them of this in these verse. As a Christian it is often hard
to love, but if we do not love we can not abide in Jesus. In other words we are in direct disobedience to God if we choose to hate. Love
covers a multitude of sin. Christ died for you out of love and rose again the third day.