NOTE: This is one of the replies I got on the "Sinless" topic that contains such a gem of an insight that I had to publish it. All of this is so much simpler than people think. Take a look below: "SINLESS" - an INCIDENT that I EXPERIENCED -by Rita. Your recent topic of 'sinless' reminded me of something that the Holy Spirit showed me. I was fasting for three days and half way through the fast I was in the Christian School photocopying. One of the teachers came into the office and gave me a piece of birthday cake and a cup of coffee, explaining that it was one of the pupil's birthday and they had decided to cut the cake mid-morning and celebrate. Without a thought I ate the cake and upon swallowing the last mouthful I was overcome. I suddenly realised I was fasting! Not only was I fasting, I was exactly half way through a three day fast. I said to the Lord, "No! I am so sorry. I am half way through the fast you told me to do. What shall I do? -Start from here for another three days, or shall I stop and start again tommorrow?" I was so upset. And the Lord answered and said to me, "I did not see it." I said, "What do you mean?" At first I thought he was being kind. But He said, "I did not see. Your intention had not been to do this and your heart is innocent before me." I was amazed by this. It took a few days to realise that the Lord truly meant I was without sin. It was not that I had sinned and repented - it was that I was following God and communing with him - an error did not count. I was set free and the lesson I learnt was about being sinless and the freedom and joy that brought me. I realised that my body had sinned almost by automation, but I had not sinned. I had not deliberately rebelled against God and my intention was not to destroy. I know that lesson was the purpose of the fast. ANDREW STROM AGAIN: This is one of the most vital secrets to walking "sinless" before the Lord. -It is pure "Romans 7". Rita says (above), "I realised that my body had sinned almost by automation, but I had not sinned. I had not deliberately rebelled against God." In other words, her heart and her "inner man" were still walking in 'innocence' before the Lord - because there was no DELIBERATE or "KNOWING" sin. And God actually said to her, "I did not see it." So during this whole process of committing 'outward' error and stumbling, her heart remained pure before the Lord. Therefore from God's viewpoint, she had DONE NOTHING WRONG - and was still walking in "heart-purity" before Him. Do you realize what incredible liberty and freedom is in this one principle, my friends? We can walk FREE FROM SIN! We can walk "clean" before God! It is the "inner man" that we need to keep clean. Does this mean that we are allowed to just go and sin 'outwardly' then? No - not at all. Then we would be "KNOWINGLY" sinning. The whole point of this is that we do not DELIBERATELY or KNOWINGLY sin. Therefore we remain pure of heart. It becomes our 'natural' state of being. -To walk this way. Note that we must have gone through 'DEEP REPENTANCE' and have an inbuilt "HATRED OF SIN" to even start to walk in this. Otherwise it simply will not work. We also (of course) need the Holy Spirit! What freedom - what liberty - if we can simply walk before God in the "inner man" with no known sin. That's what this is all about! It is the free gift of God in Christ Jesus. Thankyou, Father! God bless you all. Andrew Strom.