by Stan Coffey

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What to Do with Your Sins (3 of 20)
Series: Blessed Assurance
Stan Coffey
1 John 1:8 - 2:2

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and His word is not in us. 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: And He is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

If you're going to be a victorious Christian, then you're going to have to learn how to deal with your sins. One of the great problems that people face in their Christian life is the problem of guilt, the problem of failure.

The devil has many, many Christians deceived today into thinking they have to live in defeat, they have to live in failure, they have to accept their sins, that there's nothing that can be done. There are many Christians who have become discouraged in the Christian life because after they've sinned, after they've failed, after they've transgressed God's law, after they've disappointed themselves and they feel they've disappointed God, the devil rushes in. In that moment of discouragement, in that moment of guilt, the devil says, ''You see? There's nothing to the Christian life; you can't live it. There's no use in trying. You might as well give up.'' So the Bible gives us a key about how to deal with our sins.

Remember I told you that one of the reasons for the book of I John is to prevent sin in our life. He says in this passage of scripture, ''My little children, I'm writing unto you that you sin not.'' Now it's not necessary for Christians to sin; a Christian does not have to sin. One of the problems people have is they accept defeat before they ever get started. They say, ''Well, bless God, I'm going to si ...

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