“Have you fallen into sin?”
This question was asked over an hundred years ago and is the same question Jesus is asking you and I today. It is a self examination question which all who professed to be called sons and daughters of God need to ask themselves daily, especially before going to bed.
Paul wrote: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2 Cor 13:5
As Christians, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to examine us. We may not have a true perspective of our own heart but the searching and investigating eyes of God’s Spirit knows the sins lurking in the hidden chambers of our hearts. David in his desperation for a clean heart cried out:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalms 139:23-24.
This should be our prayer when we wake and before we go to bed. Sin is deceptive. But when we sincerely pray this prayer, the Spirit of God, who is in the business of reminding us of the activities of the day and how we have let go the hands of faith that was clinging to Jesus.
Jesus is asking you one more time, “Have you fallen into sin?”
“Then without delay seek God for mercy and pardon. When David was convicted of his sin, he poured out his soul in penitence and humiliation before God. He felt that he could endure the loss of his crown, but he could not be deprived of the favor of God. Mercy is still extended to the sinner. The Lord is calling to us in all our wanderings: “Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings.” The blessing of God may be ours if we will heed the pleading voice of His Spirit. “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.”– Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, 177.
How can I meet Jesus’ requirement?
“By faith and prayer all may meet the requirements of the gospel. No man can be forced to transgress. His own consent must be first gained; the soul must purpose the sinful act before passion can dominate over reason or iniquity triumph over conscience. Temptation, however strong, is never an excuse for sin . . . Cry unto the Lord, tempted soul. Cast yourself, helpless, unworthy, upon Jesus, and claim His very promise. The Lord will hear. He knows how strong are the inclinations of the natural heart, and He will help in every time of temptation.” — Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, 177.
But you may ask: If Satan comes to tell me how sinful i am what should i do?
“When Satan comes to tell you that you are a great sinner, look up to your Redeemer and talk of His merits. That which will help you is to look to His light. Acknowledge your sin, but tell the enemy that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” and that you may be saved by His matchless love. 1 Timothy 1:15.”–Steps to Christ, 36.
“As you see the enormity of sin, as you see yourself as you really are, do not give up to despair. It was sinners that Christ came to save. We have not to reconcile God to us, but–O wondrous love!–God in Christ is “reconciling the world unto Himself.” 2 Corinthians 5:19.”– Steps to Christ, 35.