“Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?” Romans 7:1.
The majority of the church world understands grace for Salvation but revert to law for sanctification. When we begin talking about the Cross of Jesus for sanctification, they think we’re talking about our Salvation. Upon our Salvation we are justified by our faith in Jesus Christ. We are declared a Saint of God by God…sorry to disappoint you pope but your declarations are mere titles of man. However, our position as sanctified is not yet our condition. This is the work of the Holy Spirit in the new Believer, to sanctify the Saint and bring them into all Truths. “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.” John 16:13. I’m not speaking here of sinless perfection but of dominion over sin. Jesus did not come to save us in sin but from sin.
At Salvation every bondage, family curse and soul tie; EVERY sin is forgiven, forgotten and tossed into the sea. It is now up to the Saint to maintain, not gain, their victory. Sadly, many will be swept to and fro by different winds of doctrine. The harlot stands ready to seduce the new Believer into 40 days, 21 days and 100 ways of religious activity. All of these various activities become a law to achieve what the Believer needs. There is a program for any and all “problems” the Believer may encounter and not a one of them involve faith in Jesus and His finished work for deliverance…His (Jesus’) work was for our Salvation now it is up to us to “gain” our sanctification according to the programs, we must do “our” part.
Doing “our part” has just become a law, whatever our part may be. Our part now has dominion over us. Make no mistake, our part is a sin and we have just allowed our sin nature to reign once again in our heart. When our faith is on our part for sanctification, we have just crossed over into law and are no longer under grace. “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Galatians 2:21.
The law incites our sin nature, whether it be the Mosaic Law or any other law man gives to overcome sin. We are all born with a sin nature because of Adam’s fall. It is not until we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, that the Holy Spirit comes in and dethrones our sin nature. We are now dead to our sin nature through our baptism into the death of Jesus and alive unto God (Romans 6). Upon Salvation our faith is in Jesus, our condition as a sinner is understood and the Holy Spirit quickens our spirit that we are a Child of God – we are born again. However, as soon as the harlot comes to seduce us with her schemes of man for sanctification, we are swept away into a path of failure. Are we still saved? Absolutely! I’m not talking about Salvation but sanctification. Can this path destroy our faith in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour? Sadly and regrettably, yes. The Holy Spirit will continue working with us, convicting us of our sins but religion will tell us that is condemnation from the devil…which is dangerous territory.
We can be guaranteed the harlot’s path leads to failure because it is not the Holy Spirit pointing us to all Truths but man pointing us to schemes of man. The Holy Spirit can only isolate our sin nature when our faith is in Jesus, not “our part” (self efforts, self will and religious works). “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2. We are not free from the law if the Holy Spirit has not made us free and He (the Holy Spirit) cannot make us free as long as our faith is in our part (our works). Religion will tell you to look in the mirror and declare we are free when we are not free because our faith is not in Jesus for our deliverance. In all reality, our faith is in that lie we just declared to ourselves in the mirror. Christians will lie to themselves much quicker than they will each other. Just because we don’t “claim it” doesn’t mean we don’t have it and if we want deliverance from it, we best look to the One Who can deliver us from it, Jesus Christ.
“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:24.
If you want your miracle, get on your face before the Lord and cry out to Jesus for your miracle. Stop lying to yourself about your condition, stop listening to the world about your condition…confess your condition to Jesus Christ and receive your miracle. The Lord WANTS to bless you…turn away from the harlot and back to Jesus Christ. – Donna Clark Warren.