You get to choose how you acknowledge your new life in Christ.
Psalms 16:3 (KJV)
But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
Scripture uses the term saints of all true believers as positionally set apart or sanctified for God’s possession and use (Acts 26:18, Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:2.) However, saints may be at different stages of spiritual growth in their experience of progressive sanctification (1 Corinthians 2:15-3:3, Hebrews 5:12-14, 2 Peter 3:18)
Scripture tells us that what we think has power over us.
Proverbs 23:7 (NAS)
For as he thinks within himself, so he is.
So if I think I am still a sinner after my re-birth into God's Kingdom, then I will be a sinner according to the Word of God, which does not lie. And if I do believe I am still just an ole' sinner I will live like one, always keeping my head lowered, striving to acquire perfection to please God.
When someone in a position of authority decrees over me that I am still a sinner, inside I smile and decree, no I am not and I will not walk in agreement with untruth. I am who God says I am: a Saint. I know that many in the body of Christ are more passive and even believe that the pastor or speaker (because of position) knows more than they do, so they just accept those words as fact.
But when we agree with being a sinner, instead of a saint, the ability to wage war against our enemy diminishes, leaving us without hope and power to bring any lasting changes. This produces a dead church. A church just waiting for physical death so they can get out of this hellhole. This mindset is one of victimization instead of triumph, glory, and victory as a child of God.
When we stand up to deception we say, "No, I am not a sinner today. I am part of the priesthood of believers, not a part of the kingdom of darkness! Christ paid my penalty; I have been transferred out of Satan's dominion. I once was a sinner, one who practiced sin, completely lost and without hope, but today my hope is in the finished work of the cross and in my Savior who is faithful to complete the good work he began in me. I am a saint who on occasion still falls short of His perfect Glory, but I will choose to be whom my Heavenly Father said I am in the Word of God, A saint!"
Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered. And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good of them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. YEA!!!
Okay now what do I do if I do sin and yes most of us will? Let me clarify my position on sin and the Saint. Paul helps us see sin as part of the invisible kingdom of darkness for he said:
"But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me." - Romans 7:20(NAS)
Sin is not just a thing, it is alive, and it could even be called a being. You could say it is being stubborn and does not want to lose its home, but we must learn how to master it, how to bind the Strongman and plunder his home.
What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, "YOU SHALL NOT COVET." But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead. I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; and this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me; for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
So if I, a Saint, find myself with sin how do I deal with it? The first thing I have to do is acknowledge it. Denial or blame will only worsen the sin problem. If I choose not to obey the Lord then I lose the peace of Christ in my mind, and emotions and eventually my body starts to show the signs of the cancerous work.
If we will examine our own lives on a regular basis, sort of like checking the oil in your car every so often, we can stay free from sin dwelling in us. Dwelling means living with us not just stopping by to knock on our hearts doors, which would cause us some trouble and disturbances but would not master us. The Lord told Cain he had to master sin and it is no different for the Saints today.
When I see and feel the emotions of a lack of the fruit of the Spirit in me, (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, long-suffering and self-control) I know a new lie has taken up residence. It is time to rid myself of all sin.
I first have to acknowledge that I am in sin, or as the great Apostle Paul said, sin is in me. Asking our Father for help works well. He is always willing to expose the thief on our behalf. Next I need to repent for my part of the sin, for walking in agreement with the lie and usually for the action which followed, which would have opened the door for the stronghold of Bitterness, Un-forgiveness, Anger, Resentment, Hatred, Depression, Self-pity, Murder etc.to take root. The list could be quite long but you get the point. God said if we confess our sins He is just and faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all sin.
We must believe He is not a liar and forgive ourselves as well. I verbally break agreement with the devil and his sin agent, renouncing and rejecting the lie or power it had over me. I command all sin to leave my presence and go to the place Jesus Christ of Nazareth sends it. Next I rejoice and move on with a great desire to do damage to the kingdom of darkness by exposing his deception while glorifying my Lord's faithfulness to heal me and deliver me.
If I have truly been faithful to be open and honest with God and myself, then I am free to kick up my heels and shout from the mountaintop.... MY GOD REIGNS!!!
Your faithfulness to present a bride without spot or wrinkle is above and beyond our human ability to fathom. Nevertheless, I choose to agree with the living active sharper than any two edged sword, Your Word! I am more than a conqueror and my new name in heaven is Saint, verses sinner. I declare that is who I am regardless of the mistakes knowingly or unknowing I still make when I fall short of YOUR glory this side of heaven.
Thank you for loving your saints and empowering us to walk worthy of the Name.
We love you!