Unfortunately, many Christians get so hung up trying to walk perfectly; they spend a lifetime living in condemnation for being imperfect. I know this torture firsthand as I spent many years of my life so cognizant of everything I was doing wrong that I became beaten down by my shortcomings and miserable due to feeling I would never "get it right".
There is no more pathetic witness than for a Christian to live in such a way that negates what Jesus did for us on Calvary. When a Christian spends all of his time dwelling on the bad things in their life, their life becomes what they dwell on BAD. When every waking moment is spent trying not to sin instead of walking in the grace and mercy of God, life turns into a prison filled with condemnation and pain.
Jesus Christ gave His life to pay for sin. Our sins were paid for by the blood of Jesus. Every transgression, offense and trespass we ever commit in our life was nailed to the cross and forgiven. When we get born again, we accept the redemption found in Christ and in so doing are granted remission and forgiveness of sins PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.
The freedom we have in Christ Jesus is not to sin, but rather to live without the constant companion of condemnation beating us down for every mistake we make. We can stand and walk in the grace of God manifested in everything accomplished in Christ Jesus. As we dwell upon all the wonderful and amazing things God did for us in Christ we can, as Romans 8 tells us, walk with no condemnation for we are IN CHRIST JESUS.
We tend to become what we look at. If the focus in our lives is ourselves, we become selfish. If the focus of our lives is our sin, we become condemned and depressed. If the focus in our lives is everything God has given to us through His amazing grace in Christ Jesus, we become vibrant, radiant and alive.
Of course we strive to walk in the light as He is light. Of course we seek to put off the old sinful nature and put on the new man which is Christ. Of course we should manifest godly sorrow for those times we fall short or fall away. God is faithful and just to forgive us as we confess our sin according to I John.
We are not to walk with sin consciousness as a constant companion or with the dread of being punished every time we do something wrong. Instead, we should walk in the awareness that through God's grace and mercy we have been forgiven. Instead of dwelling on everything we do wrong, we should seek to dwell on everything right God did in Christ. When we dwell on this, we are transformed and become the greatest witness possible; the witness of forgiveness.
Now that was a blessing2me!
Glory to God! I agree with you. My comments to your inspiring blog got so lengthy, I decided to just do another blog, LOL! It is called "Grace and Freedom from Sin". I hope you will check it out and comment if you feel so led.
Blessings back 2 you for bringing this wonderful message of truth. I pray this message sets many free.
Praise be to God for His magnificent work of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. To Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever, Amen.
this year will be my 5th year being apart of this ministry and it's still a blessing and encouragement to me and my family. Unless God directs me I'm going to be around alot long, thank you for all your encouraging blogs my brother and thank you for the note of encouragement. be blessed
These comments are so true! I've struggled with this problem for some time. I ask myself, "what more can I do?" I've prayed for guidance and peace. I've prayed for more ability to help win souls to Christ. I've slipped into the depression and sorrow phases you mentioned. Perhaps we all need to lay these burdens down and drink in the blessing of salvation in Christ!
Good words, brother! God bless...
I still remember the night long ago when I fell on my face before God in a darkened, silent house and cried out to Him that once again... I'd fallen flat on my face and I remembered the "whispers" that God was sick and tired of me. Then, through all the accusations, I "heard" His voice asking me what was wrong. As I sobbed out that I'd fallen flat on my face once again and how could I dare come before Him again asking Him to forgive me, that same "voice" gently asked me what I meant when I said over and over again.
I was puzzled for a moment and then remembered what God does with our transgressions. He casts them as far away as the east is from the west and remembers them no more. I let that sink in for a moment... could it be true? If it were than all those previous times were "forgotten" by God and that meant, it was as if I was coming before God with my sin for the very first time.
[verse=Romans 8:1]There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [/verse]
What beautiful words! Even when we fail, there is still God's amazing love, mercy and grace and we can lay it all at His feet and be forgiven.
It seems like some struggle so much with [b]trying[/b] not to sin. I look at and have experienced things a bit differently. And, it is one of those kinds of things that is hard to explain. My greatest experience was when I [b]surrendered[/b] my self and my life to God and made the heart commitment to follow and serve Jesus for the rest of my life. I literally felt the Holy Spirit come into me. I changed that night.
Understanding what true repentance is is a big step forward. It is not just trying to stop sinning, it is a heart willingness to quit your rebellion toward God, make Jesus Lord in the truest sense and learn how to walk in submission, to walk yielded to the Holy Spirit. To have the Holy Spirit working to change you and you live in submission to this undertaking. When I do something wrong, I immediately feel convicted that it is somehow not quite right. I make note of it in my soul and by recognizing it, the Holy Spirit can work within me to change the way I do something, or change the attitude that I have.
It is not about my trying nearly as much as it is about allowing the Holy Spirit to lead. I find sin to be ugly. Reminding myself that Jesus is my righteousness and I belong to Him goes a long way in my walk with Jesus Christ. I can do nothing to change without the awesome Holy Spirit doing His work and my yilelding in cooperation to Him.
Good blog! Thanks!
For me, it's my past that kepts me honest in my relationship with God, and it's His love that grants warmth to exist... This I've also noticed, if I'm drawn to Him, whether I'm in the right or whether I'm in the wrong, He manages to fix both of them. I'm learning Chistianity isn't complicated. It's life and everything outside, isn't. Thanks for the blog and thanks to all those who made comments, sincerely Tim
Hello Blessings to u,
I am sorry but I simply can't say amen to this.
If that was ur experience of trying to live the perfect life or receive the perfect life of Christ, who is Christ, then it was with an oppressor who is not God.
We are called to come into the perfect sinless body of God and His perfect life.He is coming for a bride who is without spot, blemish or wrinkle, without sin...
God is perfect and He also requires us to be perfect in His perfect, which is a journey in the way of His true life, and it is Him the one that does it and requires us to participate not sit on our backsides twidderling our thumbs and then rest in it. Which is why James said, faith without works is dead. And its not our works, its Christ's works that He does in and through us and causes us to do.
Jesus said: Be ye perfect as ur father in heaven is perfect.
Love is also the perfecting of His body, so His love is also not imperfect. Nor keeps us in bondage in the imperfect or sin.
The reason for also the fivefold ministeries is for the equipping and the perfecting of the saints.
I believe in the perfect sinless body of Christ, I believe in what He did on the cross was perfect and is the means that He uses to perfect His body, which is part of His salvation and great commission, it is called the remission of sins, the forgiveness of sin and is the new covenant, I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins I will remember no more.
I also believe in His forgiveness over anyone elses including my own because ours is imperfect, of one day it won't be, but His is perfect and when He forgives things stay forgiven and u r set free into His true life, which is salvation and freedom in Christ that comes through His forgiveness which sets the captives free. Because it is His works and His salvation, which is perfect, just as His blood and body and everything about Him is perfect and I also believe that He can make His body in this earth perfect. And is also done in His loving trust. amen.
What people have simply not learnt nor are they taught, is how to bring God's forgiveness into their life and situations etc...that everyone can be set free. And God also forgives in His appointed time, so we also learn His patience, and don't get what we want when we want it, but we receive it when He gives it.
In Christ we trust, amen
I am so sorry for also adding an extra post for the type o's but I am having trouble with the technology in this forum of getting the message out there,
where it says without blemish, spot or wrinkle, it is meant to be without sin. And it is also meant to read who is coming for... Christ is coming back for His perfect bride that He has perfected.
where it says I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, it is also meant to be without iniquities as well.
And I also don't like not being in agreement with u, because I believe in the perfect witness in this earth, who is Christ our agreeable one,
which is the blood and the water and the spirit who agree in One. 1 John 5:8
Where it says about sitting on our backsides twidderling our thumbs, it is also meant to be after that, we rest in His works that He has done.
I also believe in HIs correction, which is also His admonishment and exhortation etc...because His correction means deliverance, and we don't have to stay in the awful, the errors, he delivers us out, and it is wonderful when He does this, we can Have His perfect, because He is perfect.
His chastening also brings peace to those who are exercised by it.
Leave it there and I will offer u a hug, because I don't like the errors that separate people either. May people realise correction is a huge gift.
Right now, I am thinking of what John wrote in 1 John which was written to Christians.
[verse=1 John 2:1-2]My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. [/verse]
While I understand that there are those Christians who believe that a true follower of Christ will never yield to sin again, I believe John would not have written these words if that were true.
It appears to me that the purpose of this blog is not to debate whether or not a Christian is capable of sinning nor does it seem to be about whether or not we are perfected here on earth or in Heaven.
Correct me if I am wrong, B2Y, but I believe it is about keeping our primary focus on Christ as opposed to what we do or do not do. Right now I am thinking of a game I used to play with my students. It is a theater game, actually, for it is very important for actors to maintain their focus. Two students would face each other. One would be the leader and one would be the follower. The object of the game was to match the movement of the leader so precisely that an onlooker could not distinguish between who was following and who was leading.
When our eyes are truly fixed on Christ, we will begin to copy His "movements". We will want to go where He would go, do what He would do, say what He would say, etc. As we follow Christ, this should become more and more natural.
[quote]Instead of dwelling on everything we do wrong, we should seek to dwell on everything right God did in Christ. When we dwell on this, we are transformed and become the greatest witness possible; the witness of forgiveness. [/quote]
I am sorry but I didn t do that. Nor did I say that u were being a devisive force. Nor was my tone that way, but ur tone became that way.
Also these scriptures verify what I am saying because I really don t like error masquerading as truth, for me its not just a Christian issue its A health issue.
Be ye perfect as ur father who is in heaven is perfect Matt 5:48
For the perfecting and equipping of the saints Eph 4:12 (which by the way is a mandate for the church they are not doing, nor living and should be.)
But also it s a part of 1 cor 13, when the perfect comes the part will be done away with.
There are other scriptures in the bible about perfection and Christ s perfect so anyone can look them up.
But lets end this with James 1:4
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing.
That is what people have been asking for, that is what has been trying to come forth into the earth to be delivered, but God s people are stopping , blocking and attacking the perfect needs to come so the part can be done away with.
And I do like ur response kreynolds, but 1 John is a journey out of sin, yes we can have His sinless life, in His perfect life, who is Christ,
Its starts out as us being in sin, but we don t remain in sin, we journey out here is a verse for u to consider,
1 John 5: 18
We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself and that wicked one toucheth him not.
And that is the protection God s people need to be in.
God s perfect is Christ .when the perfect comes the part shall be done away with meaning when Christ comes the part will be done away with. He makes us whole in His perfect. Whole means perfect and entire, nothing missing, it means healing for the incurable, and people with disabilities can get set free. I need that freedom, but so do many with disabilities and incurable injuries and wounds.
Lord Jesus Christ s work is perfect and we receive because we have entered into His rest. And he then sets all the captives free.
His perfect is coming for the whole body of Christ, because that is what the earth needs to see and Christianity needs to be, His whole and entire perfect patient body.
If I am wrong in this, then show me where I am wrong and I will come into Lord Jesus Christ s correction. If I have lied then show me the lie and I will repent and ask Lord Jesus Christ to take the lie away. But if I am telling the truth and writing the truth, then please come into and receive His perfect truth and walk away from the error, and then write the truth, live the truth and flow in the truth Lord Jesus Christ s way and name and I will say yes and amen to u and be in agreement with u.
Btw admonishment and exhortation is a much unloved ministery by God s people. But it is a necessary and vital ministery. People that have this anointing will do that, they will correct and encourage, because that is what He equipped them to do, but they will not do it to everything little thing that is wrong, otherwise they would be correcting every second of their lives. But they are ministers that are getting abused and then attacked and they are really are not loved, because they are correcting in Christ. People need to heed them, because their task is to help Lord Jesus Christ take the body of Christ from where it is to where it needs to be. So please make their lives easier and consider what they have to say, and then taking it to Lord Jesus Christ and receiving the manifested correction that is needed. Because He is also our God that does correct and He sends correction, but always in perfect love.
Now I am also going to take a period of grace out and come out of this ministery and see if I am to continue here .because I am trying to heal and I no longer want to be hurt through another's words, its serves no purpose.
And I do want to be a help to people, but I also need support from God s people too. But I don t want to stay if it is going to cause problems, that will affect peace and healing. U also need to rethink ur wolf in sheep's clothing comment along with ur response with the question is it loving? Amen. Kmsga
Our Lord's beautiful sacrifice makes us BLAMELESS in God's eyes for all eternity IF we have repented our sin life, accepted, fully, Jesus Christ as LORD and SAVIOR, and, in love, deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus FULLY (God wants ALL of us); if we are saved we love God, if we love God, others will see within our lives, our fulfilling John 14:21, "He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me, and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him". Become saved, deny self, love God selflessly, and receive those wonderous blessings of God (John 14:21) promised to us! Glory to God!
It is amazing how often we as the body of Christ can basically be saying the same things but in different ways or from a different vantage point. Because we are not saying it in the exact same words or from the very same perspective as someone else, we assume we are not in agreement which means one of us has to be wrong and correction is needed.
A man comes into our home dying of thirst. There is a large glass containing water at our families' table. It was specifically set apart to give to the thirsty but rather than giving it to him, we get into a family argument. One says the glass is half full, the other says No, it's half empty. The argument rages on and and on while the man who is just about to die of thirst looks on in pain and frustration. "I'm so thirsty, why won't they just give me a drink of that water?"
The moral of the story? However we see it, the glass was still filled with 8 ounces of life-giving water, enough to save a man's life.
12Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Very interesting and deep segment of scripture isn't it? It is certainly something to meditate on and consider while taping into the wisdom and discernment only the Holy Spirit can bring.
God's blessings, love and grace to all the family of God,
Now my turn. A well balanced piece. Yep, can't walk around like beaten dogs. That would be ridiculous given all we know.
I'm concerned with the preoccupation with sin as the bad we did. Amen.
But I'm equally concerned for the lack of intensity and energy toward obedient sacrificial living that is constituent to the Christ lifestyle. We do not like talking about it and in that their is much room for shame.
He is worthy of our very best. In this I'm sure we all agree let us find a way.
Good job. Keep cool.