Blatant Sin And Lost Blessings

Q. How does our blatant sin interfere with our hearing from the Lord? Do you believe that we are punished for repetitive sin and perhaps the Lord doesn’t do things for us that He might if we were repentant regarding our sin?

A. We all sin repetitively, and while we can’t lose our salvation, we can interrupt our fellowship with God by failing to confess our sins as instructed in 1 John 1:9.

During this time we may not receive the Lord’s protection from spiritual attack, we may not be able to communicate with Him, and we may lose out on blessings we would have otherwise received. This is not because the Lord is punishing us, it’s the natural consequence of living outside of His benevolent protection.

I think that the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) was given in part to teach us this. During the time the prodigal son was away from his father’s household he did not share in the blessings that had been his before he left.

He wasn’t being punished for leaving, he was experiencing the natural consequence of doing so. But during that time he never stopped being his father’s son, and as soon as he sought his father’s forgiveness he was restored.

So it is with us. Once we are born again, we can never stop being a child of God. When our unconfessed sins have placed us outside of His benevolent protection, sincere confession will always purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9) and restore us to full fellowship with God. Confess early, confess often. You’ll always be forgiven. The blood of Jesus has made it so.

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