Engaging our Faith

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” Romans 6:3

The Mosaic Law required man to act to obtain righteousness with the action always resulting in failure.  It revealed to man our inability to obtain righteousness.  The Sacrificial system was and is God’s only answer to man’s failed righteousness.  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.  While the Mosaic Law required action, Grace requires man to “believeth in Him”…to have confidence in Jesus Christ and what He did on the altar of the Cross to give us everlasting life.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty where with Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1.  It is hard for man to “stand fast”.  The law, any law, that requires action on our behalf will always engage the flesh and not our faith.  Giving someone 12 steps, 40 days  or a lesson on deliverance does not deliver them but in fact engages their flesh…NOT their faith in Jesus.  If we would in fact stop teaching deliverance of man but preaching deliverance of God through faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, our faith would then be engaged and liberty would be delivered through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:2).

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.” Galatians 5:17-18.  Discern the doctrines of man for victory over sin by discerning what it engages, our flesh or our faith.  What does it require of us?  I can give you a hint…it requires 1 step, 365 days a year, from now until we see Jesus face to face ,and that is the step of faith, faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified – be determined to know nothing else!  – Donna Clark Warren

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