Struggling Saint or Secret Sinner??

June 12, 2010

As the Lord has been doing a mighty work in us at the Nooma Summer Internship, many hearts are being broken for  the Lord and the enemy is shamed as people receive their healing through public confession of sin. As I thought this through I was reminded of a message I watched once by Bishop Jakes in which he discusses the issue of temptation and falling into sin. In his message he makes a distinction between struggling saints and secret sinners.
The reason is because the church today has legitimised sin, and brushed over it with the paint brush of “we all struggle with something” and “we’re all human”. He makes the point that the difference between a struggling saint and a secret sinner is in the attitude towards sin. To better illustrate the point he uses the analogy of a pig and a lamb that have fallen into a pit of mud. When a pig falls into mud it plays, but when a lamb falls into mud, it cries. You can tell the difference between the two mentioned above by the fact that struggling saints have had a revelation of the cross but struggle to shake off the old habits and the mindsets that have held them captive.
Secret sinners in contrast play in the dirt of their iniquity, they are secretive and do not see themselves as stained before the Lord, but see that “small” thing as a minor  bump on the highway that simply needs negotiation not removal. The attitude towards the sin makes or breaks believers.
For those that are crying out to God, tempted by the appetites of the former life, the word of God says this in the book of James:
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”
The ability to receive, with meekness, the implanted word of God, will save your soul!
“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand. She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son. Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
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