Emanna for 12/11/2019
The Consequences of Sin (2)
Ephesians 4:30 And do no grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed unto the day of redemption. Isaiah 59:1 No, Jehovah's hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so heavy that it cannot hear. (2) But your iniquities have become a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. Words of Ministry
[Part 2 of 2]
There is another immediate result of sin--the breaking down of fellowship with God. To a Christian, fellowship with God is a most glorious privilege. Such fellowship is the greatest blessing he can have. However, if he sins, he will immediately lose his fellowship with God. The Holy Spirit within him will grieve for him, and the life in him will feel uncomfortable about his sin. He will lose his joy as well as his fellowship with God. Formerly, when he saw God's children, he was warmly attracted to them, but now he no longer feels that warmth; there seems to be a barrier between him and them. Formerly, prayer and Bible reading were sweet. But now they have lost their sweetness; he can no longer touch God. Formerly, he treasured the church meetings very much; when he missed one meeting, he felt that he had suffered a great loss. But now the meetings are tasteless to him; it no longer makes a difference whether or not he goes. When he sees God's children, he wants to run away instead of meeting them. Everything has changed. It is a serious thing for a person to sin after he is saved! We must never be loose in our conduct. We must never tolerate sin and must never give ground to it.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, p.323. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.