Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Art of Living #21

Åґ☂ ◎ḟ ʟ☤√ḯη❡ #21 : "For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace." (Rom 6:14).
Ѧ℘☺﹩☂◎łḯ¢ €ϰ℘øüηḓ : As we desire to grow more and more in the Lord, the greatest struggle for a man and woman of God is to deal with the sin nature that will try to pull them down all the time. Many a times we get so discouraged when the sin nature shows it ugly face from inside us. We must understand that when our forefather Adam willfully disobeyed God and chose to eat the fruit of knowledge of good and evil, from that moment he lost the will of his own and Satan forever got a foothold on the soul of all humans (Rom 5:12). In other words, Adam and his progeny became a slave of Satan and his demonic suggestions which constantly induced in their soul-life.

By trying to be independent of God, man lost the total connection with God that he had in His spirit-man. But thank God, something happpened two thousand years ago that shifted the total destiny of all humankind. God sent His only begotten Son in to the world so that all who believed in Him got their spirit connection with God back which was lost in the Garden of Eden (Rom 5:19). Because of getting back the spirit-connection with God, we now again have got the the oppurtunity to use the power of God to control the soul-life and live a life of joy, peace and righteousness to please God again in this small life we have ahead.

When ever Satan and his cohorts try to influence us to rebel against God and make us live independently of Him, now those sins are already forgiven by God. After a momentary rebellion against God, when we again seek God's mercy by confessing to Him that we have sinned by the influence of our sin nature (1 John 1:10, 9), the wonderful thing is God sees us again as though nothing bad has happened at all and comes back in to fellowship with us. Why? The one and only reason God sees us as just men and we see Him as our justifier is because we have believed in Jesus who has become a substitude and a mediator between God and us (Rom 3:26; 1 Tim 2:5; 1 John 2:1-2). Now sin cannot rule over us as before because we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, not only OUR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE SINS HAVE ALTOGETHER BEEN FORGIVEN OF US BY GOD (Eph 4:32; Col 2:13-14; Heb 10:12, 14-17), but also THE SINFUL CONSCIENCE THAT COMES TO US WHEN WE SIN PRESENTLY IS CLEANSED COMPLETELY WHEN WE CHOOSE TO CONFESS IT TO GOD (Heb 9:14; 1 John 1:7; 9). Now grace of God which is the forgiveness, cleansing, empowerment to do God's will, wisdom of God, righteousness of God, joy and peace is channeled through our spirit-man when we seek God for it and is freely received in Christ Jesus to rule and reign in this earth as the sons and daughters of God (Rom 5:20-21; 8:14; Gal 3:26). Praise the Lord! Blessings.....

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