Today was one of those days, where something triggered a flood in my spirit.
What I mean is, I heard something today that caused a rise in emotions like I haven't felt in a long time. It's almost like a renewing of the mind and heart with a sense of excitement.
God has just been showing me a lot lately, and I'd love to share that with you-things that are painful and uncomfortable, but have been chiseling away at myself revealing who I was created to be in Him.
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48
In all honesty, do we really take this verse seriously? Think about it-do YOU strive for holiness and perfection, just like Jesus was? I mean REALLY try and live a perfect life, free from sin? If not, why? Do we allow the fact that we were born into sin, hinder us from growing to the point of purging all sin out of our lives?
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Romans 6:1-7
This verse gives me chills. "Our OLD SELF was CRUCIFIED with him, in order that the body of SIN might be brought to NOTHING!"
Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero.
WE DON'T HAVE TO LIVE IN SIN!!!
WE DON'T HAVE TO SIN TO EXPERIENCE GOD'S GRACE!
"He said, "What? Sin so that grace may supersede more and more? A thousand times no! You do not realize that we died with Christ, and that means we have experienced the only and single thing that frees us from a sinful bondage -- Death. And we do not have to sin more so that we can experience more grace! What I am talking about is that grace made you dead to sin altogether. You are delivered from it and its effects. No matter how great the force of sin is, grace can lift you above it so that you will not sin. You must realize that your deaths with Christ offers you a difference in living. Since you are dead with Christ, it only stands to reason that you are also risen with Him. And that means victory in practical life."
And this is where the point about sinless living comes in. Paul did not compare a victorious life that can be ours with Jesus' life before the cross... and even that was a victorious life!!! But he compared the degree of victory we have in life with Jesus' life after the resurrection from the dead! If there could be any more victory than that of Christ's pre-cross life on earth in flesh, it is the post-resurrection life."
Why is it, that modern churches and Christians do NOT want to teach nor live in this?
I hear too many times, "Love people out of their sin," or "We're not perfect."
I think Christians need to stop using the fact that we were born into sin, as an excuse to continue sinning. Jesus was born into sin as well-but he lived a sinless life by choice, which shows me that God's grace can help us live the same holy life.
Speaking of God's grace, that always seems to be the topic when it comes CHRISTIANS who are sinning. We are taught that because we have such a merciful God, that we should only get a slap on the wrist when we sin. Most get a, "It's alright, God still loves and forgives you," yet this may be their 4th affair or their 7th DUI in their 25 years of calling themselves a "Christian".
God's grace should not be used as a scapegoat.
If you are to, "...take up your cross daily..." and you decide not to-who is your master then?
No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. Luke 16:13
Another great quote from Blume:
"The Main point in Paul's teaching in Romans Chapters 6 and 7 is that believers already have everything we will ever need for victorious living due to the blood of Christ shed on Calvary and due to God's work in that event. Its just that most believers do not know all that is theirs. It is like having one million dollars in the bank put there by a man of wealth. If one is unaware of that storehouse of wealth at one's disposal, one will not enjoy it by living life in accordance with such benefits. One will live lower than one actually has to."
We must stop falling into the lie that we have to constantly be sinners. It's just not true. Does it happen over night? No. But growth in Jesus is a marvelous thing.
We've been told that to think like this is stating that a person's actions have something to do with their salvation.
Well, what does this verse mean:
"What good is it my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?"
I KNOW that it is Christ's blood that saves us. But I do not believe that saying a prayer and going about your merry way saves you. By not allowing the refiners fire to purge your flesh-have you honestly asked Christ to live inside of you? How can Christ live in a heart that is filled with sin?
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. Revelaton 3:16
To be a Christian literally means-
1. Professing belief in Jesus as Christ or following the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus.
2. Relating to or derived from Jesus or Jesus's teachings.
3. Manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus; Christlike.
4. Relating to or characteristic of Christianity or its adherents.
5. Showing a loving concern for others; humane.
1. One who professes belief in Jesus as Christ or follows the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus.
2. One who lives according to the teachings of Jesus.
In short, my issue with today's Christians is that most do not want to be held accountable for their actions. We don't like to be uncomfortable or be put out of our comfort zone. We would rather live quietly in our sin alone, than to have victory over it (no matter how painful or embarrassing it may be) with the body of Christ. We lean on God's saving grace to always get us out of trouble, than to allow Christ to clean house.
I know very few Christians that will bluntly tell me that I am not walking the walk that I talk. I would rather have my feelings hurt for a moment, than to continue in whatever wrong I may be committing.
"What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from thr heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness." Romans 6:15-18
We are called to a much higher standard once we accept Jesus as Lord. We are NOT to look like the rest of the world. We are NOT to say one thing and live another. We are NOT to be slaves to sinful nature any longer.
Jesus made the ultimate sacrifices so that you could rise above what this world has to offer.
HE SET YOUR FREE!
Start walking in that. Stop reminding yourself of your failures, and remember your victory in Christ.