“16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto Salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17
As a Believer, we are justified by faith in the redeeming work of Jesus and we live by faith in the redeeming work of Jesus. This faith is one and the same. Once the sinner understands that they cannot save themselves and believes that God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the price for dying humanity and accepts HIS (Jesus’) finished work as the only means by which they will be delivered from sin and death, they are Saved (John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10, 13; Ephesians 2:8-9).
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14.
Under Grace through faith, sin does not have dominion over the Believer. This does not mean we will not stumble. Sadly, we are human and we will stumble. We will make mistakes but sin will not have dominion as long as we repent and place our faith solely in the atoning work of Jesus Christ to deliver us from this sin that so easily besets us.
Religion will present distractions or excuses for sin but will never give the answer. Satan doesn’t want those sincere Christians who truly love God to be delivered from their bondages. The devil doesn’t want the effective work of the Cross of Christ to deliver dominion from sin to the Saints so he keeps them busy; tossing them to and fro with every wind of doctrine to hinder the work of the Holy Spirit in their hearts. Yes, greater is He (the Holy Spirit) in us than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4), BUT when we are chasing rabbits to do what only the Holy Spirit can do through faith in the Son of God, we are hindering the Holy Spirit.
This is why we preach Christ and Him crucified! This is why we hold Jesus Christ up to the brokenhearted and preach deliverance to the captives. There is a joy unspeakable and full of glory and peace beyond all understanding but we must realize that Jesus Christ is the Source and His Cross the means by which these blessing flow…not 40 days of purpose, humanistic psychology or religious ceremonies.
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
-Donna Clark Warren