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"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world." – 1 John 4:17

Category: Holiness

Renewing the Mind- Part 1

“Fixing” Behavior Problems

After coming into Christ all of us are given a new nature that comes with new desires. Deep down we all want to stop behaving like our “old man,” but all too often we go about it the wrong way.

When it comes to aligning one’s behavior with their new identity, there is nothing more crucial for a believer than the renewing of the mind. Transformation of a person’s behavior from that of a sinner to that of a saint is hinged on this one thing. Continue reading

Spirit, Soul, and Body

According to 1 Thessalonians 5:23 every believer is a three-part being made up of a spirit, soul, and body. Understanding what this means is very important to understanding who you are, and how God relates to you.

SPIRIT

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

The moment you believed in Jesus as your Savior, you were instantly made new.  You were given a new spirit.  This is your New Man, or New Nature.   Your born again spirit (John 3:6-7) was created in true righteousness and holiness, according to Ephesians 4:24.  God relates to you Spirit to Spirit, and therefore He see’s you as perfect forever, righteous, and holy.  Sin can not penetrate your born again Spirit. (Eph 1:13)   So even though you still sin, you ARE holy because of your new nature/new man/spirit.  You do NOT have to try to earn your righteousness, because you are truly righteous!

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No More Groveling

When it comes to seeking God’s forgiveness, no amount of groveling, crying, wailing, fasting, confessing, or begging will do us any good in changing God’s disposition for us.  Why? Because God’s economy is a blood economy.  In order for Him to be appeased, blood has to be shed.  But not just any blood.  It has to be the blood of a spotless lamb!  (1 Peter 1:19)

Fortunately for you and I, there was once a spotless lamb and that lamb was sacrificed on our behalf over two thousand years ago.  His name was Jesus and His blood was shed to cover all of our sin – past, present, and future!  (John 1:29)

This sacrifice is a free gift and available to all who believe.  (John 3:16)  So if you believe in and accept Jesus as your Savior, then your sins are taken away as if they never were.  Believer, when you sin, stop groveling, crying, wailing, fasting, confessing, begging in the hopes that God might be moved to somehow show you grace and mercy and restore his goodness toward you.

All the grace and mercy you will ever need has already come.  And because of Jesus, God’s favor is forever toward you.  (Heb 10:14).

So is it ok to sin since we are already forgiven?  Well in the strong words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 6, “By no means!”

 

Is Grace a License to Sin?

When pure grace is preached, it should always provoke the Romans 6:1 question:  “What shall we say then, shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?”  The answer to this is simple:  Only if you are a lunatic!   Although God’s grace through the work of Jesus on the cross covers all of our sins (past, present and future), once we understand His grace, we would have to be mental to still desire sin and continue in willful disobedience.

The absolute last thing a believer wants to do is give into sin.  Sin is horrible, it is destructive and leads to death.  But the key to stopping sin in our lives is coming to an awareness of these things:

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As He Is, So Are We…

When John wrote, “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17), what did he really mean?

Surely he didn’t mean that last part when he said: “as He is, so are we in this world”, right?  After all Jesus wasn’t a sinner, and as Believers we are only sinners saved by grace, right?  Well, actually, no… not really.

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