When you Sin, do you feel rotten?
If you answer YES, to that question, then you are born again! No, I am never pleased that you sinned, “because If you say that you have fellowship with Me, and continue to walk in darkness, you are lying, and do not have the truth:  But if you walk in the light, as I am in the light, you will have fellowship one with another, and My blood will keep cleansing you from all your sin.  However if you say that you have no sin, you are deceiving yourself, and the truth is not in you.  Now this is why it is good that you feel rotten when you sin: It causes you to confess and if you confess your sins, I am always faithful and just to forgive your sins, and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.  If you say that you have not sinned, you make Me out to be a liar, and My word is not in you, and this is a sure sign that you are not born again” 1 John 1:6-10.
Sin does not make an unbeliever feel rotten, because his nature is naturally rotten, “even his righteousnesses are as filthy rags” Isaiah 64:6. Unbelievers have no plumb line to compare too, so as an unsaved person, they can only do what is right in their own eyes. But when you are born again, My Holy Spirit becomes the plumb line and when you cross the plumb line to the right or left, He makes you feel rotten in order to realign you.
Another word for, feel rotten, would be spiritually spanked or chastened. “Do not forget the exhortation which speaks to you like a kid; My son, do not despise the spankings and rotten feelings from the Lord, and don’t faint when He rebukes you:  For whom I love I chasten, and spank every son that I save.  If you endure feeling rotten, it’s because I am only dealing with you as with sons; for what kind of son is he whom the father does not spank?  If you are disobedient and never receive a spanking, then you are bastards, and not sons.
 Now I don’t expect you to jump for joy when you are feeling rotten because, no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous and painful: nevertheless in the end, it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to you who repent.  So now as soon as you repent, get your chin up, lift up your hands that hang down, and strengthen those feeble knees;  As you line up with the plumb line, you will make straight paths for your feet, so that the weak area can be healed and you won’t turn that way anymore.” Hebrews 12:5-8,11-13.
I wish you didn’t sin, but I’m glad when you feel rotten, because it means and the kingdom purification system is working in My children!
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle (1941-2017) began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with tv and radio, teaching, and preaching. As a retired businessman, Jim helped to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He became His banker and was privileged to give His money away, wherever He decided, so he also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his Lord, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lived every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.|