Salvation is based on one thing and that is the blood of Christ which is our righteous covering before God, and no deed can ever make up for that which has been done for us at Calvary. However if we merely remain as babes we will never grow up into the fullness of the blessing that God has set aside for us both now and later in Heaven. Our belief in Christ assures us of the beginnings of faith in the invisible God, of wisdom and the fear of His word. Exodus 20 revels the law of God given to Moses, and I now know that I shalt not covet. Because if I covet, I transgress the law standing guilty of sin, and because of sin I am in a position to receive God’s judgement, discipline or even wrath. Matthew 10:28
Hebrews 12:6. ” For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” KJV.
And so now that I know that desiring other people’s belongings is wrong, the mystery of sin begins a work within me that resists the good work that was begun in Christ. I know that I have forgiveness in Him and His blood covers me, as I am always in repentance from this sin. But it has taken hold over me like a sickness; and the continual sinning and warring within myself brings condemnation and guilt; I am seemingly unable to overcome. What hope is there for me? Romans 8:1 For I am continually at war within my own flesh that is working against the goodness of God that is within me. So I have become caught in despondency, as if trapped in the sinking mud and I am unable to free myself. I fear that I should just give up and put an end to this dilemma.
Romans 6:12. ” Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”
Covetous was just an example, please feel free to place your own sins into the equation; pornography, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, drunkenness, drugs, stealing, gluttony, racism, hatred, unforgiveness. 1 Cor 6:9-10. So why do we sin when we have tasted of such glorious and Heavenly experiences but yet so quickly sell out? Do you not know it is a narrow gate that we enter into the Kingdom of God and the way is difficult? Mat 7:14 Life experiences can make us feel alienated from God. Because we question God why He has left us in such horrible circumstances; the loss of a loved one, failed pregnancies, loss of children, rape, molestation, a serious car accident leaving us crippled, failed businesses and bankruptcy, church splits, offences and unforgiveness and just dealing with people in general. The fact is that under these circumstances God does not move, we do. Some people run to God in prayer and reading the word and maintaining and developing a closer and deeper relationship. Most of us run the other way alienating themselves from God and His blessings. Sometimes using whatever sin that fills the void as an excuse to cope, being in a state of sin and unforgiveness before God. Yet still at other times we can feel distant and spiritually dry in our walk; despite all the prayer, reading the word and fasting. God just seems distant in a spiritual dessert.
But for whatever reason we know that without faith it is impossible to please God Heb 11:6 and in whatever is not of faith, is sin. Rom 14:23 Knowing however that it better to have never believed, than to have believed and fallen away. Because the latter end will be far worse than the beginning. 2 Peter 2:20-22 What choice then do we have, but to push through to firmer foundations in Christ and establish ourselves in Him. Because without faith and overcoming we are indeed without hope. So unless you wish to die in the wilderness, press on.
” And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” Isaiah 10.27. KJV.
Jesus quotes Isaiah’s passage in Matthew 11:30. He being a man acquainted with sorrow, knowing His cup was to be His suffering for all of mankind, He still chose His Fathers will for our benefit. This grace of God which has been given to us through Jesus Christ, that the working of our faith should be a continuous refining process; knowing that by faith we will enter into our rewards stored in Heaven through Christ and not by works. Our beginnings being born in faith we receive wisdom, not a worldly wisdom, but a secret wisdom of God which the world cannot receive. So by faith we are counted as being righteous and worthy for our belief in Christ. So if our faith works for us, by our belief in God, He will finish the work in us to sanctify and refine us through the Holy Spirit. We are led towards holiness and the redemption from our former lives of sin and lusts in this world, even to the purchasing of our own souls through the sprinkling of His blood; if we remain steadfast in this process of the secret workings of our faith through the Holy Spirit, and do not turn back as Lot’s wife did or consider our birthright in Christ as some cheap meaningless experience and sell out like Esau. For unbelief does not come from faith but from a lie, and if our faith is to work then it cannot be us that works; lest we should be able to boast and we know that no flesh glorifies itself in the presence of God. So our faith should be with power, for the word of God is a living word and our prayers should provide the miraculous enabling us to overcome any sin. If our prayers are unanswered then we know that there is something wrong.
” That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7
” This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 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.” Galatians 5:16-17.
We know that the Kingdom of God is not in word but in power 1Cor 4:20. We see the Kingdom by believing and receiving faith as the Gospel Of Jesus Christ is preached to us. This should provoke a fear into us that we are now on Holy ground and believing the Apostolic teaching we enter into the Kingdom Of God, by being baptised by full immersion and seeking to be baptised in the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in tongues. John 3:5-8 If we are truly dead to our old selves in the baptism of water, then we are truly resurrected new creatures in Christ in the same way Christ’s body was bought back to life by the glory of God. The struggle in our selves becomes in that we both hate and love our old self while we also love the new. However we can truly never fully enter into the Kingdom, whilst there is still a love for the old life within us. Some say we like to keep our pet demons but the trouble with this is, the Holy Spirit wants us to fully let go of our old self so He can draw us closer to God. John 3:30 When we struggle with this, we do not move forward in our journey with God, but are held back. We must learn to hate the things we love, if they stand between us and God.
” Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Titus 3:5.
The power to fully overcome in this world is in the Holy Spirit. My ability to overcome covetousness is in the working and sanctification of the power of the Holy Spirit, again pick your own pet demon. Sometimes it is simple and a powerful miraculous working that instantly delivers us. Other times it takes time as we must choose to hate that which is evil and deliberately chose to go to God in prayer. No matter what sin it is by Christ’s blood we can be made righteous and it is by the Holy Spirit we are sanctified and made Holy. We can take no credit in the workings of our faith and redemption.
” But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” 1 Corinthians 1:30
” But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude 1:20-21
If Christ forgives us for our sin then we are forever forgiven. Psalms 103:12 If I sin seven times seven a day in my sin and ask for forgiveness, Jesus forgives. Mat 21:21-22 The important thing is to accept that forgiveness. If we continually sin in the same area then condemnation is going to be heavier each time we commit the sinful deed. But if Jesus forgives then we are forgiven. Personally I find after doing the same stupid things over and over it becomes difficult to forgive yourself. But God just does, it seems impossible to me because I then become so frustrated with myself that accepting forgiveness just seems, not right somehow. Why would God allow this hopeless wretch covered in the slime of his sin to be consistently forgiven for the same stupid thing time and time again? But God loves us so much, that He sent Jesus to die that we have the right to overcome because of His righteous blood. Not ours but His. So speak out your sin and confess it to Him. If it is a biggy like porn then confess it to someone who hasn’t got a big mouth. Make yourself accountable. Do not walk in condemnation but rather speak out your thankfulness to God for His forgiveness, and ask God to help you forgive yourself and be renewed, recharged by the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to come again into your life to renew and to refresh you. This is the power that will help you overcome. Hate your sin. If you do not hate it you will be tempted to go again, but if you hate it more than you love it, then you will have victory. Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings held tight that ring and was transformed into a demon like character who continually lusted after his precious until it totally possessed him. Do not hold onto sin, expose it by asking God to expose it in you. The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is the power given to you, so use Him to overcome your sin by resting in Him.
” For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:5-6
” For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not…….And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him…….Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.”
If there is anything more to say; then it is us, who must choose every day, to go to God in prayer through Jesus. Growing in the knowledge by the revelation of the Holy Spirit, of what God has done for us in Christ. And the life and sacrifice of what Jesus himself did, is something I personally believe we will be forever learning. Let us grow in the knowledge of the Father’s love, His word and the sacrifice of Christ, which is God’s mercy to all of humanity. If you have not had this revelation of Christ and if you are not baptised in the Holy Ghost, then it is imperative that you seek both. Let us learn to rest in the knowledge of His grace, given to us by the blood of Jesus Christ and warmed in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
Romans 4:5. “ But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”