God Does Not Listen To Sinners
John 9:31 “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will.”
These are the words of the man born blind, but healed by Jesus. The man was defending Jesus’s legitimacy against accusations by Pharisees. Jesus is not a sinner and God does not listen to sinners. Sinners are those who sin. Sin is rebellion against God or disobedience of God and His will. Sin is refusal and failure to reach the standard God has set. Sin is a choice to be enslaved by Satan, to serve Satan, God’s arch-enemy.
We are all born sinners and remain sinners all the days of our lives until we choose to quit sinning and be members of God’s church. Until we make a conscious choice to quit sinning, we remain sinners from birth to death, even when we think and are living good lives and not offending anyone, we are still sinners. God does not listen to sinners.
Sin is not just about actions we commit but state of mind that seeks to openly and subtly oppose God. When we are good according to ourselves and need no church, we are opposing God who says we need the church and we need to make a choice to quit sinning. We therefore are sinners and we need to be reminded that God does not listen to sinners.
Sin is deceptive enough to make us believe we are good and better than others, when we are not. Sin deceives us by making us compare ourselves with others or with ourselves, instead of comparing ourselves with God’s expectations. Comparing ourselves with others or with ourselves makes us look good when we are not. The only standard is God’s standard, and according to that standard, all have sinned (Romans 3:23), and all need to make a choice to quit sin and serve God in church. Until we do that, we remain sinners. God does not listen to sinners.
1 John 1:8 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1:10) If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” If by any assessment and theory, we think others are worse than us, we are still sinners. If by observation we conclude that those in church and their leaders are hypocrites and we are better of, we are still sinners. If for any reason we think we are not sinners, we remain sinners. We will remain sinners regardless of our own assessment, until we confess and repent our sins (known and unknown) and be part of the church. God does not listen to sinners.
Acts 2:38 “… ” Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…” 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Sinners are expected to repent and confess their sins, in order for God to answer their other prayers. THE ONLY PRAYER GOD EXPECTS FROM A SINNER FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE PRAYER OF REPENTANCE AND CONFESSION. Every prayer should ideally begin with and contain repentance and confession. Even the LORD’S exemplary prayer has the line, “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” Until we repent and confess, we remain sinners. God does not listen to sinners.
To confess is to acknowledge, to make a pronunciation that we are sinners and the particular sins we have committed. We confess to God and not any human being, not even church leaders. Those we have offended we ask for forgiveness. Repentance entails taking the necessary steps to ensure you don’t sin again. Repentance includes regret for what you did and putting measures in place to ensure you don’t sin again.
Repentance is a change of direction, a change of lifestyle. Repentance includes regret for sin, change of friends and places and clothes and books and music and movies that tempted one to sin. Confession is admitting that you are a sinner and having committed a particular sin. Repentance is regretting the sin and making a complete change of life. Repentance follows confession. Without repentance and confession, we remain sinners. God does not listen to sinners.
Isaiah 59:1-2 “(1) Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. (2) But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Sin is the main reason why our prayers are not answered. Sin is the reason why we fail. Sin is the reason why we suffer and dies. Sin is the reason why we are not blessed in our lives. Because even when we pray, we forget or refuse to confess and repent our sins, thereby remaining sinners. Our prayers are not answered and our lives are not blessed, because God does not listen to sinners.
Is it possible our lives are as they are because we haven’t confessed and repented? May God enable us to confess and repent, may He forgive us and listen to us again and bless us, in Jesus name. Amen! (C)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)