Don Guthrie
Ministries
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Aired week of July 17 - 23, 2011
"If We Say We Have No Sin"

July 20, 2011

      Hello Friend! I'm Don Guthrie and I want to thank you for joining me today as we look into God’s Holy Word to
learn how we can become a more faithful followers of Christ, and a better witnesses to the world.

      I would like to invite you to pray with me as I begin my message for this morning. Lord, I come before you this
day in the name of Jesus. I ask that you speak through me, and anoint our ears and heart that we may hear the
message you have for us today. Speak to us, and fill us with understanding that we might serve you fully. Amen!

      For my scripture today morning, I would like to read from First John chapter one, verses five through ten. If you
have your bible, maybe you would like to turn to that passage and read it with me. If not, I urge you to listen closely to
the words as I read them.

1 John 1:5-10
5.   This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is
    light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6.   If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the
    truth:
7.   But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another,
    and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8.   If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9.   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us
    from all unrighteousness.
10. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

      I love this passage of scripture. It has the makings of several different sermons, all of which shows us to become
a better Christian and a faithful follower of Christ. Unfortunately I can only preach one today.

      Verse five tells us that God is light, and in him there is no darkness. Then John writes in verse six "If we say that
we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:"

      This, my friends, is powerful thought. Since God is light, we are to walk in the light even as Christ walked. If we
claim to have a relationship with God and continue to walk in darkness, or in other words habitually commit sins, than
John tells us that our saying we have fellowship with God is a lie. It is impossible to have fellowship with God, and
habitually and knowingly commit sins.

      Than John goes on to write in verse seven, "if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one
with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."

      If we walk in the light, meaning that we do his will, and if we follow Jesus, living and acting like we really intend
to go to heaven some day, and if we believe what Jesus said, and then become doers of the Word instead of simply
hearers, than we have fellowship with God, and then the blood of Jesus, the blood he shed for our salvation and our
forgiveness will cleanses us from all our sins and we become holy and acceptable to God. So, let’s consider what
John wrote. If we walk with God and if we are in the light, his light, than we will have fellowship with him. Think of
this, God will be our friend, and we will be his friend. Then because we are God's friend, our sins will be washed
away and we will be cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.  

      You may be saying, well preacher, I have no sins. I have nothing I need to be cleansed from. If you are thinking
that, look at or listen to what John wrote in verse eight, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
truth is not in us." This is what I want to talk about today, and what God has laid on my heart. I want to talk about the
sins we have in us, sins which we sometimes deny, and sometimes lie to ourselves about.

      Again you may be saying, "I have no secret sins. I have nothing to hide. My life is good, my heart is pure, and
there is nothing I am hiding from myself or from others." Again, John wrote in verse eight, "If we say that we have no
sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." I'm not saying you’re a sinner, nor am I saying that you have
hidden sins in your heart, but what I am saying, is we must be very careful when we make statements like this, that
we do not deceive ourselves, or try to deceive God.

      Verse ten says. "If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." Did you catch
that, If we say we have not sinned," we make him, God, out to be a liar. Then he goes on to say, if we do this, "his
word is not in us." When one studies God's word, they are convicted by it. When one prayerfully reads and studies
the words of Christ and the words the Holy Spirit gave the Apostles, it is impossible not to find things we need to
improve on, or things we need to confess to God.

      I was talking to an older pastor recently. He’s retired now, but he still preaches from time to time. This particular
pastor is a Pentecostal preacher, and one of the finest preachers I ever heard in my life. He told it like it is, straight
from the bible, and refused to hold back for anyone. He told me how God changed his life, and how he had once
been a drunk, and how God changed him and made him into a man of God. As I said, he was a powerful preacher,
and one I would consider to be a Saint of God. I never heard anything come from his mouth that was not what I would
consider pleasing to God.

      I never heard any rumors or talk of wrongdoing he did after accepting Christ as his savior. I have the deepest
respect for him. Yet, he told me that every night, when he prays, he asks God's forgiveness, for anything impure or
unholy he might have said, thought, done or that day. He asks God's forgiveness, for anything he man have done to
dishonored Him, through his actions by something he said or done. And to quote him, I don't know of anything I have
done, but there may have been something I said or done, thought or someway I acted that was not pleasing to God."
In other words, he covers the bases. He may not know of a sin he committed but God does, and he wants
forgiveness for any sin, he may have committed, whether he knows of them or not.

      I think of myself. How many times in any one day do I commit a sin unbeknown to me? How many times do I look
at someone and judge them for what I see them doing or for the way they dress? How many times do I look at a
young lady who does not have enough clothing on to cover her completely, and have thoughts I should not have?
How many times am I forced to wait on someone when I am in a hurry, and think bad things about them, or call them
a name? How many times does a bad word or a nasty thought come into my mind, even if I don't say them? How
many people do I call an idiot when the pull out in front of me? How often do I speak harshly of the president or the
government when I think of the economy and the rising gas prices? How often do I think or speak of the oil
companies who seem to be ripping off the people with high prices? And the list could go on and on.

      The point is, unless you are much better than I am, throughout a given day we think, say, and do many things
that Jesus would not have thought, said or done in the same situation, and as a result, we have darkness come into
our life, darkness which needs to be removed so that we can have fellowship with God and a cleansing for our sins.
Let me say this, if we do not have fellowship with God, we will not be allowed into heaven. If we do not have a
cleansing for our sins, we cannot have fellowship with God. Lying about our sins will not help us, denying that we
have problems in our life or that we occasionally sin, will not help us. As John wrote, when we do, we are deceiving
ourselves, and to claim we have not sinned is to call God a liar. Personally, I don’t have the courage to call God a
liar. Therefore, I admit to you today, that I’m a sinner, saved by Grace, yet a sinner who occasionally commits sins,
by what I think, say, do, or by the way I act.

      Does this mean I cannot go to heaven? No, by all means it does not. Number one, the sins that I commit are not
habitual sins, nor are they things I do intentionally. They are things that happen, and when they do, I usually realize
it, and confess it to God and to others if need be. You see, I don’t want to walk in darkness. I want complete and total
fellowship with my God therefore I read and study his word, prayerfully. While I do, I am seeking anything in his word
that is not aligned with my life, and if I find something I do what it says in verse nine.

9.   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us
    from all unrighteousness.

      Instead of lying to myself, or trying to lie to God, I confess my sins, and shortcoming to God. Instead of trying to
cover them over, I take them to my Father in Heaven, and seek his forgiveness, and cleansing. If I confess my sins,
God is faithful and just to forgive me of my sins, and cleanse me from my unrighteousness. This does not give me
permission to sin, nor does it give me a desire in my heart to commit sins. Instead it gives me confidence knowing
God will forgive me, when I commit sins, and lets me know that he still loves me regardless of what happens in my
life.

      Let’s break this down and put it into a better perspective. I am to live my life and have no darkness in me.
Darkness, in case you do not know is sin, so I am not to have sin in my life. I am not to practice sin, or sin knowingly.
By walking in the light and doing my best to stay away from sin, and walk in the light of Christ, I have fellowship with
God. You see, fellowship with God was broken when Adam and Eve committed that first sin in the Garden of Eden.
That broken fellowship was then handed down to us, in our sinful nature, and God had to send his son to restore our
fellowship with him, which he did by giving his life as a sacrificed for our sins. His sacrifice wiped away our sins, so
when we accept Jesus and seek his forgiveness, our fellowship with God is restored through Christ, and we can
walk with him again.

      When we continue to sin, and do evil in the sight of the lord, we are walking in darkness. In God there is no
darkness, and he cannot have fellowship with darkness. In order for us to have fellowship with him, we need to get
rid of the darkness, and walk in the light. This can only happen with a right relationship with Jesus, and by diligently
following him and doing what he tells us to do.

      Even so, we will falter and sometimes fall. Satan is always available to trip us up, or to put evil thoughts in our
mind. This is why we must remain in the light, and why we must concentrate on the things of God. The bible tells us
that Satan can transform himself into an angel of light. Unless you know the scripture, and remain close to God and
Christ, Satan will lure you away and cause you to walk in darkness once again.

      Thankfully, Christ sent his Holy Spirit into the world and into the heart of every born again believer. When a
person becomes a child of God, the Holy Sprit becomes a part of their life. When they slip and commit sins, the Spirit
tells them, and they are able to go to God and seek his forgiveness. Then they can confess their sins, and because
they have a relationship with him, he forgives them and cleanses them of their unrighteousness.

      I must tell you a bit about the cleansing  

Verse 9 states
9.   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us
    from all unrighteousness.

      I want you to take notice of what this verse says. It says if we confess, he will forgive us, and cleanse us from all
unrighteousness. The emphasis is on His cleansing us from the unrighteousness, instead of cleansing the
unrighteousness from us. You might ask, "is there a difference?" Indeed there is.

      If Christ cleansed the unrighteousness from us, it would be gone, and it wound never be a temptation again. It's
true, he does this sometimes. I have seen alcoholics have the desire for drink taken away and the never desired it
again. The same holds true for many other sins. Yet, John says Christ cleanses us from the unrighteousness,
meaning, He takes us out of the unrighteousness, cleanses our heart and forgives us of our sins, than tells us, stay
away from the darkness, and walk in the light. The sin is still there, although we have been cleansed, we have to
stay away from it. I like to think of taking a hog out of the pig pen, washing him clean and taking him to the fair. While
there, we keep the pen clean and wash the hog again if needed. Then we take him home. The pig has two choices,
stay clean or return to the mud hole. He usually goes to the mud hole. That's the way we are at times. Christ cleans
us up, and tells us to stay out of the mud, but after a time, we, like to pig returns to the mud.

      Folks, I don't know you, and I don't now your heart, but you cannot walk in darkness, if you want to go to heaven.
Won't you confess your sins to God today, and ask him to show you any sin you may be committing that you know
nothing of, than confess them to him and seek his forgiveness. Jesus is waiting, and God is willing. I urge you to walk
in the light, as he is in the light, and you will have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ will
cleanse your from all you sin. AMEN