“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, an you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” 1 John 2:27. Many of us need to reawaken the sensitivity to the Holy Spirit that has been quenched due to doctrine of man.
Many Christians continue to live in bondage because their faith has been directed to what they confess instead of what Jesus has done. Any doctrine that teaches confession of one’s righteousness while ignoring the sin which brought Jesus from Heaven produces hypocrites and not saints. The dangers of such doctrine is the continued defeat of the saint who is living in sin. A Christian, who is honestly trying to defeat bondage, to confess their righteousness instead of confessing their weakness to defeat sin to the Lord and allowing Him to help; these Christians will never know God’s faithfulness, His strength and His blessing…they will merely know their strength to believe their confession. They will never know God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). This is when faith gets derailed. When the bondage is not broken and their strength collapses under the weight of their sin. We cannot defeat the sin nature, our faith in Jesus’ and His finished work allows us to confess it to Him and He gives us the strength to overcome. It is only Jesus and Him Crucified that pulls down strongholds…not our belief in our confession. If we don’t confess our sins, those sins aren’t covered by the Blood of Jesus.
On the other hand their are those who are happily living in their sin, they are the hypocrites…sorry, the truth hurts sometimes. These are the ones who claim the conviction of the Holy Spirit when they sin is actually condemnation from satan, that is dangerous territory…extremely dangerous!
My point here is not to convict, condemn, rebuke or condone. Sin is not what sends one to hell, if that’s the case, we’re all in trouble. It is the rejection of Jesus Christ that sends one to hell. However, it is false teachings such as this that can derail a persons faith when their strength finally fails and they blame Jesus. They never realize they were never seeking God’s strength in the first place but depending on their own. We all have problems that we take to the Lord daily. This does not mean we have to go get “saved” every Sunday morning. God is faithful to us and wants us to know Him but we will never know the Lord if we never read His Word for ourselves and yield to His Holy Spirit. Reading about God’s Word and hearing about God from someone else does not constitute a relationship with the Lord. Jesus chose you and He wants a relationship with you…seek Him. We don’t need a note to remind us to think of our spouses, our children or our spouses because we love them and have a relationship with them. A relationship with the Lord is the same way. As we get to know the Lord through His Word and His Holy Spirit, we understand His grace….and we would never take advantage of what He has done for us. It’s a relationship, not a religion. – Donna Warren