Praise and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lets make this confession together:
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live,but Christ lives in me.The life I live in the body,I live by faith in the Son of God ,who loved me and gave himself to me.
I will be talking more on the fruit sins on this part but I will remind us of what we have studied so far.
Our text in 1 John 2:16 tells us the things in the world which are the roots of sin: Lust of the flesh,lust of the eyes and the pride of life and we also discussed how these roots become attached to us: Congenital,acquired,or induced.
These are sins that people see you commit and you are aware of the sins in your life.They are obvious and evident.
Note: The Bible is not a book that is published to list all sins that human beings commit.People usually ask these questions: Where is this sin written in the Bible? Where did God command us not to watch pornography or even drink alcohol? Show me!
The truth of the matter is this,there are some sins not written in the bible,but their roots are either lust of the flesh or lust of the eyes or pride of life! So since these are the roots of these ‘unwritten’ sins they become sinful and the doers cannot inherit heaven.QED.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.Gal 5:19
Let me simplify these fruit sins using the 3 root sins:
LUST OF THE EYES
Lust of the eyes is an inordinate desire of what you see.The person’s gods are material things and pleasure.You idolise these things in your mind.This is the basis/root of many sins that are not written in the Bible.You cannot be involved in pornography and the likes without desiring someone in your mind.Likewise all the sins above start with an inordinate/excessive desire to have what your eyes have seen.
PRIDE OF LIFE
Fits of anger
Pride of life synonyms are: arrogant assumption, vainglorious display,having a spirit of self-sufficiency. Having the desire for recognition, applause, status, and advantage in life.
But are these definitions in line with the sins above? Not really! Pride of life is the root,and roots don’t look like fruits!
If you are arrogant and full of yourself ,you will have zero tolerance for other people’s ideas ,and thereby result in strife,dissensions,fights and you can even cause divisions.
Many churches are in court with their members today because of pride of life! Ego is at its centre not God.
Fill in the gap for other fruits of pride of life…
LUST OF THE FLESH
Other things like these
Lust of the flesh describes a life dominated by the senses:Sight,hearing,feelings,taste,smell and thinking.Gluttonous in food,slavish in pleasure, lustful and lax in morals.
Also those controlled by the lust of the flesh only get satisfied by others’ approval to satisfy their flesh.Hence to feel ‘belonged’ they can join groups that drink.They can become cultists.
Paul used ‘other things like these’ to tell us that this category is numerous.
What are your fruit sins? Have you found out the roots? Instead of concentrating on the fruit sins,focus on the roots.
Stop plucking the fruits !
Stop cutting the branches !
Stop cutting the trunk of the tree itself !
Go for the roots today and let God use His axe to cut down the roots.
But cutting the root is not enough! The tree that is cut down needs to stand on a NEW ROOT!
I hereby introduce you to the ROOT OF JESSE!
” In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.”Isa 11:10
“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots” Isa 11:1
Isaiah prophesied about this root of Jesse,a descendant of David.This is Jesus Christ! Let the tree of your life take its root from him.You still live a sin dominated life because the tree of your life is rooted in the world and the Devil.
Port to the root of Jesse today.He can graft your life to His root and you will start to bear fruits of the Spirit.
Confess your sins to Him today and run back to Jesus.
Stay blessed and rapturable.