July 21st, 2014

DEFEAT THE DECEIT –  Being born again, which only comes through faith in Jesus and the Cross, we are born into the righteousness of God and dead to sin.  Dead to sin means “sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14.  Grace meaning Jesus paid the price for our sins once and for all.  It was not the Law that condemned us but the sin.  If not for the Law we would not know sin; just as we would not know light if not for the darkness.  Furthermore,  we as carnal beings cannot conquer sin on our own.  This is the reason Jesus came to save us.  The Lord came to pay for our sins; past, present and future.  He suffered the consequences and we live because he died.  This we call Grace.

As Christians we are still held to the strict obedience of the Law but we are now, through Grace, given the power to over come sin because we have within us the Holy Spirit.  HOWEVER, even with this power to over come we still stumble.  We all fall short.  Our flesh, being of this world, desires things of this world.  We have the Holy Spirit who bears witness with our spirit but WE make the choice.  We are given the power but it is up to us to use.  This is what we refer to as crucifying the flesh and bearing our cross daily and its not always necessarily easy. Is it the right thing to do? Yes.  Is it always easy? Absolutely not!

And so we stumble.  We, being the righteous of God, sin.  We sin for many different reasons, in many different ways but we do sin.  Our sins can lead us far away from God or we can allow God to use them as a learning process in maturing us as a Christian.  Sin doesn’t come without satan, the liar and deceiver, and once our sin is committed we must decide again who we are going to serve.  For “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils:” 1 Cor. 10:21.  We CANNOT use Grace as an excuse to sin but we ask for forgiveness, once again receive His grace and repent.  You see, it is His unwavering faith and love for us that causes us to repent.  His love for us IS our power to repent.  God knows our heart, He knows when we are trampling on the blood of His only begotten Son or when we are truly sorry for our sin.

Once we ask forgiveness and repent, the battle is not over.  Satan still tries to regain his territory – you, me and ours.  The enemy begins preaching the truths of this world; telling us we’re sinners, we’re unworthy and surely God won’t forgive THAT or forgive AGAIN – sound familiar Eve?  The feelings of guilt and shame are knocking on our door. This is our opportunity to glorify the Lord in the face of the devil.  Never depend on the enemy to preach the Word of God.  Satan will not tell us “that all things work together for good to them that love God.” Romans 8:28.  He, satan, will not tell us that by rejecting guilt and shame will allow God to reveal Himself to us and through us. By receiving God’s forgiveness and His Grace, we are His testimony; we are His witness.   When we accept guilt and shame instead of forgiveness, we are allowing the death of Jesus to be in vain.  The enemy knows he has already been defeated, don’t allow him to convince us otherwise.  When the deceiver attempts to put you on trial for your sins once they have been forgiven, remind him who the judge is and that the verdict has already been handed down.  Instead of running deeper into the darkness, glorify God by running back into His arms! – Donna Warren

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