We Must Deal with Sin! | Luke 11:4

We Must Deal with Sin! | Luke 11:4

We Must Deal With Sin – Luke 11:4

Introduction

Luke 11:4 ESV  and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”

  • The reality is church, we as Christians must deal with sin… bring that title slide up.

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  • WE MUST DEAL WITH SIN, WE HAVE TO. IGNORING IT WON’T MAKE IT GO AWAY.
    • Sin is something that every Christian… every human must deal with.

1 John 1:8 ESV  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

  • Some versions say “If you say you have no sin, you are a liar! And the truth is not in you”.
    • Sin is real church, and we have to deal with it.
    • Therefore it is not surprise that when teaching His disciples to pray Jesus teaches them to pray about sin, to work with God the Father concerning our own sin, others sin, and the temptation to sin.
    • Even though Jesus HAD no sin, He still taught us to deal with our sin in prayer.
    • Jesus taught us first to pray that our Father’s name would be made holy and that His Kingdom would come, that souls would saved, lives changed, and that people would know God as King!
    • Then Jesus taught us to pray for provision, give us this day our daily bread.
    • And finally, Jesus teaches us to pray about sin, to deal with sin in our prayer life.
      • First, when we sin we are to ask for forgiveness, because we serve a Father who forgives.
      • Second, when others sin against us we should forgive them, because we are a forgiven people and we serve and imitate a forgiving King!
      • Finally, We shouldn’t trust ourselves not to sin, therefore we should ask God to keep us out of temptation.
  • So we are just going to get right into it today, because… man, this is important.

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Point One – When We Sin, We Are Forgiven

Luke 11:4 ESV  and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”

  • Forgive our sins… forgive our sins…
    • Now I want you to remember something… This prayer started with the phrase “Our Father” and we talked about this a few weeks ago. This prayer is for Christians, it is for the born again, the believer in Christ Jesus. If you are not born again then God isn’t your father. He is your Creator, but not your father, the Bible is very clear on that.
      • And if you are in that boat, there is forgiveness and grace for you! Today can be the day you are born again, the day you find true forgiveness, the day you join the family of God.
        • We will have an opportunity for you at the end of the service.
    • But for those of us that are born again, this prayer IS FOR US!
  • Forgive our sins.
    • Now if you are born again, you should know that your sins have been forgiven.
      • Your past sins, your present sins, your future sins, they have been forgiven.

Psalms 103:11-12 ESV  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;  (12)  as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

  • (A little side note, that phrase “those who fear Him” is an Old Testament way of saying “Those who are saved”. Those who realize that God is and that He is Holy, and as such they run to Him and obey Him because they understand that ultimately there is no running from Him)
  • So God has forgiven ALL of our iniquities, as far as the east is from the west… how far is that? Infinitely far! As far as the judgment of God goes, our sins are no more.
    • The price for our sins was paid on the cross, a gift we accepted when we were born again, and one that will last for eternity if we persevere. Amen?!
  • Our sins are forever forgiven, amen?!
  • So then why would a Christian pray “Forgive us our sins”?
    • Because this isn’t a salvation issue, it’s a relationship issue, it’s a day to day issue, it’s a life issue.
      • Our church isn’t called Christian Sunday, and it isn’t called Christian Conversion, it’s called Christian Life!
        • And when we live the Christian life, yes we may sin, but that is not WHO WE ARE anymore.
        • We used to be about that sin life.
        • But now we are about that Christian life.
        • So when sin enters our life, as it will daily, we recognize it, we go ewwwww! And we get rid of it.
        • And naturaly then we look to our Father and we say “Daddy I am sorry I let that into my life, would you forgive me of that?”
          • Not because it’s an issue of Salvation, but because we love our Heavenly Father so much that we truly want to make Him happy, we truly want to please Him.
          • IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WANTING TO AVOID HELL, hell was defeated in us when we were born again.
          • IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WANTING TO AVOID THE CONSEQUENCE OF SIN AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH WANTING TO LIVE WITH A GOD WHOM WE LOVE AND MAKE HIM HAPPY.
          • This shouldn’t have to be something you HAVE to turn on… like “Hmmmm, let me see, what do I need to do today… I need to go grocery shopping, I need to do the laundry… oh yeah and I need to make sure I pray for forgiveness.”
            • No, it shouldn’t be like that, it should be something that comes NATURALLY because you love God so much.
  • Look, last week you learned about praying for provision… that too should come naturally. Give us this day our daily bread, why, because we need to eat.
    • You don’t put that on your to-do list do you…
      • “Don’t forget: Pick up kids from pre-school, pay electric bill, eat food”.
    • No of course not, and in the same way you shouldn’t need to be reminded to ask for forgiveness, because it should so deeply be a part of who we are as Christians living the Christian Life.

Hebrews 12:1 ESV  Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

  • As Christians we are running a race, we shouldn’t look at sin as something we HAVE to give up, we should look at it as something that is slowing us down!
    • Asking forgiveness as a way of life is how we RUN! Sin slows us down, I don’t go “man, I can’t believe they won’t let me wear these 50 pound ankle weights in the Boston marathon” I say “You mean I get to run without this weight, take it off! LET’S GO”
  • Y’all picking up what I am laying down this morning?! Let’s keep going.

Point Two – We Shouldn’t Trust Ourselves Not to Sin

  • Point two this morning, as much as we understand that we sin, we should then naturally not trust ourselves to sin.
    • That’s point two, we shouldn’t trust ourselves not to sin.

Luke 11:4 ESV  and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”

  • Lead us not into temptation…
    • You know there are some people who have a BIG problem with this line.
    • In fact the Pope just officially changed the Lord’s prayer for the catholic church because he doesn’t like this line.
      • He changed it to “Do not let us fall into temptation”, which is a good prayer… but theres a problem… THAT’S NOT WHAT JESUS SAID.
      • Jesus said very clearly “Lead us not into temptation”. That is CLEARLY what the Greek says, there is no room for change in translation.
      • But some people have a problem with the suggestion that God leads people into temptation.
    • And if you have a problem with the thought of God leading people into temptation then you probably have a misunderstanding of what temptation is and what it means for the believer. And that’s ok, because we are going to talk about that right now, let’s remedy that.
  • TEMPTATION IS NOT SIN.

Hebrews 4:15 ESV  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

  • There is no sin in being tempted, Jesus was tempted in every way and did not sin.
    • But acting on that temptation is sinful.
  • Therefore if God leads us into temptation, He is NOT leading us into sin… in fact scripture makes it very clear that God will always make a way out of temptation for us.

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV  No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 

  • Look at the way this is worded…
    • God will not let you be tempted beyond your ability…
      • That means that God does in fact allow us to be tempted.
    • But with the temptation that God allows… He ALSO provides a way out of that temptation.
  • Jesus said that He did not go anywhere or do anything unless God the Father told Him to…
    • That means every place of temptation was a place God lead Jesus to.
      • Not that God was the tempter, that is what Satan does, but God brought Jesus to places, like the wilderness, knowing that Satan would tempt Him.
  • But why would God lead us into temptation?
    • Well, God lead Jesus into temptation so that we could follow a man, Jesus Christ, who was tempted in every way and still did not sin.
      • Therefore we KNOW it is possible not to sin, because Jesus was able to do it even though He was tempted in ALL WAYS!
    • But why would God lead US into temptation?
      • He might lead us into temptation to test us…

Proverbs 17:3 ESV The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.

  • He might lead us into temptation to strengthen us…

James 1:2-4 ESV Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

  • He might even be leading you into temptation to bring you new blessings!

James 1:12 ESV Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

  • The truth is that we don’t know why God may chose to lead us into temptation, because His ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. We must trust that He knows what He is doing…
    • THAT BEING SAID… We should hate sin SO MUCH that we should desire not even to be tempted by it!
      • It should disgust us, we should want nothing to do with it…
      • And honestly we should not trust ourselves to NOT sin.

Romans 7:14-15 ESV  For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.  (15)  For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

  • Paul speaking here is saying “WHY DO I KEEP SINNING?! I HATE MY SIN, YET I STILL FALL INTO SIN!”
    • This whole chapter is full of this, go read chapter 7 of Romans if you want to know more, but basically Paul is saying that there is a war going on inside him… a war between his sin nature and his new spirit.
      • His old self trying to come back and keep sinning
      • And his new self trying to live holy and please God.
    • And even PAUL says that sometimes he loses the fight and does what he hates!
      • Because we have this stinky dirty flesh holding us back.
  • Now that is not an excuse to sin, not at all, but it is an excuse to pray against temptation.
  • “Lead us not into temptation” Lord I don’t trust myself not to sin, and I hate sin so much that I never want to see it again, so if there is a way in which I can not be tempted, I want that way! Never the less, your will be done.
  • Do you guys see the power and honesty of that prayer?
    • Good, now we get to the hard part…

Point Three – When Others Sin Against Us, We Forgive

  • When others sin against us, we forgive them.
    • We must deal with sin, ok. When we sin we say “ugh, get that off me, I don’t want that anymore, I am sorry Father forgive me”
    • But we don’t just deal with our sin, we deal with others sins to. Not other’s sins against God, that is between them and God…
    • But we have to deal with it when others sin against us.
  • Show of hands… how many people have had someone sin against them? Done something mean… did you dirty… hurt you… abused you… insulted you… lied to you? How many, raise your hands?
    • Pretty much everyone right?!
  • Now if you raised your hand I want you to hear me. Listen right now, listen closely.
    • If someone has done you wrong, if someone has sinned against you, and you are a Christian YOU WILL FORGIVE THEM.
    • It’s not a matter of should, it’s not about you being commanded to… it’s that you are a Christian, your life is marked with forgiveness, YOU WILL FORGIVE THEM BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT CHRISTIANS DO.
    • Look at the wording, look closely now…

Luke 11:4 ESV  and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”

  • For we ourselves forgive everyone who has sinned against us.
    • Jesus isn’t asking for anything here, He is making a statement.
    • For we ourselves forgive those who sin against us, we already do it, that’s who we are, we live a lifestyle of forgiveness, and through that lifestyle of forgiveness we ask ourselves to be forgiven Father.
  • If you are not a forgiving person, then I question weather you yourself have been forgiven. Let me be really clear here… if you are not a forgiving person then I question your salvation.
    • BUT PASTOR! How could you questions someone’s salvation?
    • Because Jesus says if you don’t forgive then you are not forgiven, don’t be mad at me, take it up with Him!

Matthew 6:14-15 NIV  For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  (15)  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

  • Don’t you understand what Jesus did to forgive you? He gave it ALL. He died for you. If you understood that, you ought to desire to spread forgiveness to others… I am just going to let scripture speak for itself on this one…

Matthew 18:21-35 ESV  Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”  (22)  Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.  (23)  “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.  (24)  When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.  (25)  And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.  (26)  So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’  (27)  And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.  (28)  But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’  (29)  So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’  (30)  He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.  (31)  When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place.  (32)  Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.  (33)  And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’  (34)  And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt.  (35)  So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

Invite Worship Team Up

  • Y’all I am done preaching… I am done talking about it, let’s do something about it, amen?!
  • Invite Prayer Leaders down. (Zion, Laura, Will, Moses, Shana, Lupita, Wendy, Jay, Teresa, Brandi, Dez, Elizabeth, Jared, Eric.)
  • Alter Call, dealing with ultimate forgiveness
  • Alter Call, dealing with sin, and dealing with unforgiveness

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