Iniquity Is Not Sin

For years I have wondered how can a person love the Lord with all their heart and do some of the things they do? How can a person love the Lord with all their heart as God tells us we need to and then the Lord tells us our heart is deceitful and desperately wicked?

But iniquity is not sin. Why do you do the same “sins” over and over again? Why can’t you get victory over some “issues” in your life? Some ask, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ And how can God love me when I keep doing all these bad things? I love God in my heart but I keep screwing up, why?

Even King David recognized there was an issue or problem with our heart –
Psalm 51:10 KJV  “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

Even salvation today comes from believing in our heart and confessing with our mouth as   Romans 10:9-10 KJV  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Students of the word of God know the heart is a key. But I am not sure they can explain it. And that is why people do the same “sin” over and over again. That is why some can not get victory over specific sin (s). I struggle with some things just like everyone else.

We love and hate from our heart.  We have posted before how thoughts enter our mind and land in our heart. Check our archives. We said that thoughts or teachings from God and others, we receive in to our mind. As we investigate those thoughts or teachings, we make a determination to believe or reject the thought or teaching.

If we decide to agree and believe the teachings from God or man, those teachings then go into our heart. That is how different religions or denominations, cults, dogmas, prejudices, and even sin get into our life. But when you decide in your mind that you are going to believe God’s word over all others, you find yourself in a group with very few. I hear more and more about denominational teachings than I hear about what saith the Lord. Many churches teach their denominational teachings and their theology and some even twist scripture to make it look like God agrees with them. To see the results just look at society.

When you are willing to look to God and his word as your primary source of information, guidance and to teach you, the Lord opens your understanding. So when we examine what God tells us about our own heart, we see God says our heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. Jeremiah 17:9 KJV  “The heart is deceitful above all things , and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

So how can a deceitful and wicked heart love God? God told us in a Psalm of David, Psalm 51:10 KJV  “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

Scripture defines sin as James 4:17 KJV  “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

So what about iniquity? Many people say iniquity is sin. Well, that is true but only to a point. But iniquity is not actually sin. Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines iniquity as “the want to” sin.

You see, once someone really gets saved, they work with the Lord to get certain things out of their life. At some point, they discover they “do a sin they use to do before they were saved”. Afterwards, they are sorry for what they did, usually repent and try again. Paul explained it this way –

Romans 7:14-25 KJV  “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
[15] For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
[16] If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
[17] Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
[18] For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
[19] For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
[20] Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
[21] I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
[22] For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
[23] But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
[24] O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
[25] I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

We know our flesh is always going to sin because we are descendents of Adam and Eve after they sinned. And Paul tells us the types of sin the flesh wants in Galatians 5:17-21 KJV  “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
[18] But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
[19] Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these ; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
[20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
[21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

But people, believers, still ” mess up”. They still struggle with certain “sins” and wonder why they can’t get victory over something. They ask, what is wrong with me? And many teachers of God’s word try to teach them to bring their mind and body into subjection but that is not the whole answer.

If you repent and confess and try over and over and can not get victory, why? And yes, sin was nailed to the cross so God does not impute our sin but why can’t we get victory? The key is the word iniquity. Remember Psalm 51:5 KJV
  “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

We are born into sin yes, but iniquity is the “want to“. Iniquity is defined as, ” Original want of holiness or depravity. ”
Iniquity is the want to sin. If you think back a few years and think about things you use to want and now you longer have that want, that is how iniquity works. People want alcohol but then later, they no longer want the alcohol. Yes, they bring their body into subjection, but they have addressed the root of the matter, the want of alcohol. Once you address the wants that reside in your heart, then you can get the victory. Until next time.


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