“And you has He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by Grace you are saved;)
6 And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His Grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:1-7.
Before we are born again, we are not alive unto God through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross but dead, spiritually dead, in trespasses and sins. We walked according to the course of this world…according to the devil himself. Sin was our teacher. Fulfilling the desires of the flesh and mind are the goals of the unbeliever. Make no mistake, the desires of the flesh and mind do not always appear as evil. However, they are indeed evil because they remain according to the course of this world and the prince of the power of the air.
Humanistic psychology is the course of this world to overcome sin. We cannot mix the course of the world with the statutes of God and expect victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. God will not share His glory with the world. He does not need the world’s help to deliver His Children from bondage. What He does need is His Children to believe His prescribed order of victory is the ONLY Way, the ONLY Truth and the ONLY Life. Any other way is spiritual adultery.
What is God’s prescribed order of victory for the Believer? Faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Who takes away the sin of the world. There is nothing else or no one else who can add to Jesus’ finished work for dominion over sin. Jesus is the Source and Calvary’s Cross is the means by which the Child of God was and is delivered from the penalty of sin (death) and the dominion of sin.
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the Law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14.
Sadly, there are many who are being swept to and fro by every wind of doctrine in an attempt to gain victory. They are fighting a fight that has already been won. This should not be so!
The Lord is raising up a people who will bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified BACK to the church. People are hungry for a move of God but they are committing spiritual adultery with the world to overthrow the sin which so easily besets us. The leaders look to the numbers and the numbers look to the leaders. All the while, Jesus Christ stands at the door knocking.
“For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
What I want you to know is the Holy Spirit is not commissioned to free the Child of God from the law of sin and death when they are looking to the course of this world to maintain victory. This victory, which is freely given to whosoever will believe in the atoning work of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, did not stop working the day we were born again. This victory works daily in the hearts and lives of the Believer to give them dominion over their sin nature when their faith remains placed solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ. There is simply no other way for the Spirit of God to free us from the law of sin and death unless we are looking to the One and the Way in which we are free…NOT the ways of the world for victory.
By faith through Grace we are raised up together to sit in heavenly places IN Christ Jesus. God wants to show His Children the exceeding riches of His Grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. Let me say that again, “in His kindness toward us THROUGH Christ Jesus.” The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus makes us free from sin’s dominion through our faith in Christ Jesus…not psychology.
“Jesus said unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6
-Donna Clark Warren