Sin Makes Us Strangers :: By Candy Austin

Genesis 3:8-10 “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

Sin in our lives, when realized, tends to bring about feelings of shame, conviction, and guilt. Our first inclination is to cover it up and hide. It causes rifts in relationships and oftentimes damage to the point of estrangement. Pride, unforgiveness, anger, bitterness, unfaithfulness, dishonesty, and selfishness are just the ‘tip of the iceberg of sins’ that wreak havoc in our lives.

God, as a Compassionate Father who lovingly created our first parents in that magnificent garden all those years ago, would literally come to them in the cool of the day just to visit with them! Can you imagine how Abba Father God must have felt when, all of a sudden, his first children were acting like strangers and suddenly hiding from Him? Where once they had this ‘harmonious fellowship’ with Him, but now they were abruptly afraid of Him!

Romans 7:23 “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.”

Such is the case with parents of prodigals all over the world. The pain of estrangement is often a ‘cruel cross’ for one to bear. When there are lies and slander involved, it becomes an ‘utterly lonely endeavor’ as well. It is especially hard to watch from the sidelines the ‘horrible choices’ our children make while at the same time knowing there is not much you can do physically to ‘stop or change it.’

Take the intimate relationship of a husband and a wife, which is a picture of Christ and the Church, and shatter all the ‘trust and friendship’ within it, and there you have the ‘primary goal’ of Satan! The Enemy hates what God Loves which is His Creation, His Children, His Church, and the God-Ordained Traditional Family Structure!

Satan’s ultimate goal is to lure us away from God through Sin to destroy our relationship with God and inevitably annihilate us! Decimating human relationships by pitting us against each other through lies, agendas, wars, fighting, and estrangement is one of his many strategies in tearing us all down!

James 4:1 “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?”

Estrangement: the fact of no longer being on friendly terms or part of a social group; the fact of no longer living with one’s spouse; separation.

From “What does the Bible say about estrangement?”

Answer: Estrangement is an alienation of affection. To be estranged is to have lost the former affection and fellowship once shared with another. Warring spouses become estranged when they cannot work out their differences. Rebellious children become estranged from their parents when they refuse to be guided or disciplined. When Adam and Eve sinned, they became estranged from God (Genesis 3). People have been estranged from Him ever since, and God has been pursuing reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19). Estrangement from God and His call for reconciliation are the major themes of the Bible.

Because God is holy and perfect, He cannot tolerate our sin (Ezra 9:15Romans 6:23), and our rebellion against His commands creates estrangement from Him (Isaiah 53:6). We cannot come into His presence, expect our prayers to be heard, or walk in fellowship with God when we are covered in sin (Proverbs 28:9Psalm 66:18John 9:31). The result of this estrangement from God is that we walk in darkness (1 John 1:5–62:11John 12:35). Being estranged from God, we have no hope of eternal life or forgiveness of sin (John 3:19–20). Our estranged minds are full of selfishness and evil without the illuminating power of God’s righteousness to correct them (Romans 1:18–22).

Estrangement from God ends when we humble ourselves and repent (Acts 2:383:19). Estrangement from other people can often be ended the same way. Pride is often the great culprit that keeps estranged relationships locked in a cold war. When one person chooses to end the standoff, confess the part he or she played in the estrangement, and ask forgiveness, the relationship can often be restored. God promises to forgive and restore anyone who comes to Him in the name of His Son, Jesus (Romans 10:12–13John 14:6Psalm 80:19John 3:16–18). The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ puts an end to the estrangement from God for all who come to Him in faith (John 1:12). Source

Ephesians 4:18 “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”

If you do not want to be Estranged or a ‘Stranger to God through Sin’ anymore, then come to Abba Father God in True Repentance and Faith today. He is waiting with Loving, Open Arms. Know this also that time is running out, so do not delay! We are not promised another day.

Until next time… Maranatha!


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