Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Being Made Holy In An Unholy World

My Utmost For His Highest
‘. . . our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin —Romans 6:6
[…] Have you made the following decision about sin—that it must be completely killed in you? It takes a long time to come to the point of making this complete and effective decision about sin. It is, however, the greatest moment in your life once you decide that sin must die in you-not simply be restrained, suppressed, or counteracted, but crucified—just as Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world. No one can bring anyone else to this decision. We may be mentally and spiritually convinced, but what we need to do is actually make the decision that Paul urged us to do in this passage.’ CHAMBERS
Do you sometimes feel like you are still a slave to sin?  You may have been a Christian for a long time, but you still struggle with  your sin nature .. sometimes  you feel that you are captive to the whims of your flesh.  Paul talks about that problem in his life in Romans chapter 7.  I wish I had the answer for this.  Denominations have risen up over the issue of sin in the Believer’s life.  Some take it to the point of believing that if you continue to sin .. you are not saved.
I think the issue of our continuing to sin after we are saved is really about the process of sanctification .. we being made holy in an unholy world … The fact that I can sin is a constant reminder to me that my flesh and will do not give me entrance to heaven and the presence of the Father .. Only Jesus can do that (John 14:6).  We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8,9) The fact that I continue to sin humbles me before God.
Galatians 2:20 says that we are crucified “with” Christ .. and it’s not me but Christ in me that is acceptable to God.  It is never what I can do but what Jesus can do through me. 
Romans 7:24-25, 8:1-2  “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?  I thank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Do I continue to sin? Yes. Am I forgiven? Yes. Is there any hope? Yes. “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus and His righteousness. .. On Christ the solid rock I stand . .all other ground is sinking sand … “
Bondye Beni Ou (God Bless You)

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