“For the Grace of God that brings Salvation has appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that Blessed Hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise you.” Titus 2:11-15
The Believer cannot live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world without denying ungodliness and worldly lusts. Furthermore, the Believer cannot deny ungodliness and worldly lusts unless we are submitted unto God…submitted unto His Plan for living soberly, righteously and godly which is faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
Until we are submitted unto God, we cannot resist the devil and the devil will not flee from you.
“And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
Until we deny ourselves; our abilities, self will, talents, emotions, intellect, etc., we cannot follow Jesus.
Picking up our cross and living soberly, righteously and godly in this present world cannot be done until our own abilities are denied and we submit unto God’s Plan for victorious Christian living, Jesus Christ and HIS Finished Work on Calvary’s Cross. All other plans will lead to a life of spiritual defeat which can destroy one’s faith.
Make no mistake, there are many nefarious plans available for victorious Christian living that are rooted in doctrines of demons but presented as biblical doctrine all of which will lead away from the Cross of Christ. At Calvary’s Cross, Jesus Christ broke the power of sin in the Believer’s life; we CANNOT live soberly, Righteously and Godly in this present world any other way. There is no dominion over sin with our faith placed in vain philosophies for victory. The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to isolate our sin nature when we are looking to anything other than the Cross of Christ for victory.
The Believer who understands their victory is in the Cross of Christ Jesus is ZEALOUS for good works…that is good works of the Spirit of God removing those things in our heart which are unpleasing to God. It is the work of the Holy Spirit of which we are zealous for and we have found the Faith in which He superintends the work of God in our hearts and lives and it is faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We are peculiar because we know that we know that we know that the Lord will do and can do exactly what He has promised to do. We know that in us there is no good thing but at Calvary’s Cross, Jesus afforded us the ability to partake in God’s Divine Nature and allow the moving and operation of the Holy Spirit to work mightily in our own hearts.
The only fight and I venture to say the hardest fight is the fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified on a daily basis. So often we want to pick it up and handle it, whatever it may be, in our flesh; our own abilities and intellect. To do so, we would be denying the power of God; deeming the Cross of Christ as insufficient to break the power of sin in our lives, unable to follow Christ and resist the devil.
Don’t be ashamed of being peculiar. Fight the good fight of faith; faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren