“25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27 And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My Statutes, and you shall keep My Judgments, and do them.” Ezekiel 36:25-26.
Ezekiel 36 speaks of the restoration of Israel at the Second Coming of Christ. However, it is this same born again experience the Child of God receives when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. This new creature the Holy Spirit creates in us is free from the law of sin and death because our faith is placed in Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe.
In the new Believer’s zeal to learn all they can about the Lord, religion, with all deceivableness, begins a work that takes them down broad paths. Paths that lead to 40 days of purpose, 21 days of fasting, feasts, festivals, ceremonies and traditions. These paths cause the new Believer to walk in the statutes of the world, not the Statutes of God.
Soon the zeal of the new Believer can turn into desperation. A desperation to “maintain” the statutes of the world in order to “gain” the promises given by God for whosoever will believe upon Jesus Christ. Sadly, the Believer cannot see the yoke of religion that has been placed upon them. Seeing, they do not see. Hearing, they do not hear. (Matthew 13:13). Because their faith, with all deceivableness, has been directed into these worldly statutes to “gain” the victory that was freely given them upon their Salvation, they are no longer living but dying. The Believer is no longer free from the law of sin and death but indeed once again bound.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2.
Some of the most zealous of Believers continue to follow the statutes of the world, walk after the flesh and remain bound by sin and death because their faith is in religious works to gain victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to free the Believer, even the most sincere and zealous Believer, from the law of sin and death if their faith is not solely in exclusively in Jesus Christ and His finished work. This faith in Jesus and His atoning work will cause us to walk in the Statutes of God because the Spirit of Life in us produces a good work in us…a fruitful work. The Word of God effectually works in those who believe in the atoning work of Jesus Christ for victory in day to day living (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
Whose statutes are you keeping? The answer to that question is not between you and me, it’s between you and God. Prayerfully consider.
Study to show thyself approved unto GOD…not man (2 Timothy 2:15).
-Donna Clark Warren