“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29.
As Children of God, we are the first to declare Israel’s fate as a nation. Among all of her enemies, we know to Whom Israel belongs and have faith that every knee will bow when the Lord Jesus Christ returns.
Why then, when faced with our own tribulations, do we, as Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise, doubt God’s provision? Is the Lord‘s Hand waxed short? “Behold, the LORD’S Hand is not shortened, that It cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that It cannot hear:” Isaiah 59:1. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the same God yesterday, today and forever more. It is by our faith in Jesus Christ that we are reconciled to God. Because of Jesus Christ’s work on Calvary’s Cross are we saved to the uttermost…not allah, not Buddha and not the pope – JESUS CHRIST.
“Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25.
We don’t have to look any further than the Cross of Jesus for our Salvation and victory over sin. It is at the Cross that the power of God is found, all others are perishing. While many are busy preaching harbingers, shemitahs, 40 days of purpose and observing feast, their flock is perishing. “For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18.
A Child of God who is following the path of obedience through faith in Jesus, not in their will, self efforts or schemes of man, cannot be cursed. So why do we not believe in God’s providence? Are you in His will? Are you seeking His will? Have you mistaken God’s blessings for condoning of a sinful lifestyle? Are you committing spiritual adultery by seeking schemes of man for victory, no matter their religious overtones? I don’t know the answer to these questions, nor do I want to know. However, you should.
We don’t receive the blessings of God through merit, they are a gift that we receive freely through Jesus Christ’s work on Calvary’s Cross. Faith in anything other than Jesus’ finished work hinders the Holy Spirit from isolating the sin nature, which we are all born with due to Adam’s fall. These are the Christians who believe in Jesus for Salvation but are seeking schemes of man for victory over sin, which is spiritual adultery. Their faith becomes focused on their works, self efforts and self will. One of the works the Holy Spirit has in a Believer’s life is to isolate our sin nature (which IS our deliverance) when our faith is placed on Jesus, Who He is and what He has done. When our faith is placed on our merit for victory over our sin nature, our faith is in our works and we are perishing…our faith is not in the power of God, which is the Cross of Jesus. God may bless us while we are performing these works, just as He did the rebellious Israelites in the wilderness. However, don’t mistake that for His approval of our spiritual adultery.
There is deliverance in the Cross of Jesus. We are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise of God. Look to Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith – Jesus Christ.
-Donna Clark Warren