Sin Consciousness

Do you wish to succeed at life or just something specific? Even the least knowledgeable among us will understand that before you can do such you are likely to:

  1. think about the objective

  2. think about success as you define it regarding the specific objective

  3. picture yourself successfully engaged in that related to your objectives

  4. consider how you may become successful at that in which you are interested

  5. speak (even if only to yourself) about your objectives and interim objective-related plans

  6. engage in that which you are able

  7. encourage yourself regularly as you progress

This is a very limited and superficial representation of a general success process. Notable is that the first two steps include the verb “think”. Although Sin, like success, is a noun, sinning is a verb. As such, just as nobody simply falls into success without action, no one falls into sin without action. And, just as the initial steps in success are thinking, so is thinking the initial step of sinning.

We are not automatons. But, sometimes we later recall performing tasks and traveling from point A to point B with little awareness of the details of engagement while being performed. Such are the effects of long-term memory (LTM), regarding performance of both mental and physical tasks. This suggests that we can almost live on autopilot if our brains are recurrently trained in specific manners. We can be trained to think about certain things, adopt particular philosophies and constructs as truths, and engage ourselves in ways consistent with that about which we regularly think or have developed in our working LTMs.

What happens to the congregation that recurrently receives messages regarding Sin and sinning, acts to avoid and social practices to not consider? What happens to a congregation that is exposed primarily to sensual subjects portrayed on television, at movies, on the internet, and in contemporary music? What happens to the consumption habits of congregations who are regularly exposed to marketing of products and services that are not good for their bodies, minds, and spirits? The congregation will think about, consume and engage in carnal living; the spirits of Believers are redeemed, but their bodies and brains are still physical.

The Book of Exodus is more than sufficient if you, the Redeemed, ever forget how Sin is defined. In daily life, you will also observe many reminders. Otherwise, you have no need to recurrently remind yourself of sin-filled opportunities, your past sins, possible future missteps, occurring as momentary backsliding. God said that from the moment of the occurrence of your redemption [through Jesus], He would no longer remember your sins (Heb 8:8-13). People presently ask if such is true for my past, for sins as they occur and in my future? By asking, they are demonstrating that they have forgotten one of God’s names, I AM. As I AM, all that occurs in Man’s life is in the present from God’s perspective. As He forgives you in His present time frame, all your life in your past, present, and future is still in His present time.

Forgive your pastor who is overly sin-focused, remembering that the minister is often simultaneously reaching out to the unsaved and speaking to the devout Believers. S/he may find it difficult to bring prospective members into the fold while concurrently advancing the existing congregation. However, if after a number of years, if the minister continues to recycle messages, current iterations simply reflecting present urban language and new politically-correct indulgences, but the topics du jour are as old as sin itself, maybe there is a need for discussion about offering different levels of services at different times of the day.

Do you wish to succeed at living as a Believer? Even the least knowledgeable among us will understand that before you can succeed you are likely to:

  1. think about a good objective

    • …that which you wish to be, not that which you do not wish to do or be

  2. think about success as you define the specific, good objective for you

  3. picture yourself successfully engaged in that related to your objective

    • not the images of that which you wish to leave behind and not do

  4. consider how (specific plans, strategies) to become successful at that in which you are interested

    • ..this can entail both adding and dropping some people and activities, and developing new knowledge, skills, habits, and associates. This can be difficult.

  5. speak (even if only to yourself) about your objectives and interim objective-related plans

    • speak only positive, supportive statements, ideas, including those of scriptural relevance, plus praise and thanksgiving for intended outcomes

  6. engage in that which you are able

    • …your ideas, plans, and strategies may not all be sufficiently resourced presently relative to time, the right people, finances, tools, and so on. Do what you are able, pray and pursue better.

  7. encourage yourself regularly as you progress

    • …particularly, avoid sin-consciousness, no matter the source (your mind, a sermon, another person, because even those who allege good intentions may accidentally deliver messages for the one who came to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10)

Some refer to a constant focus on sin as Sin-consciousness, others refer to it as Sin-awareness. God refers to the sin of the Redeemed as the past. So, do not take it upon yourself to classify it otherwise. For the Believer, sins are not persistent, warranting recurrent confession and Old Testament repentance. Sin-consciousness is wrongly there to degrade self-perception and expectations of a Christ-centered abundant life. Live long, live Christ-like, and prosper.