One can preach repentance unto Righteousness and Holiness all the day long but until and unless they preach the Way unto Righteousness and Holiness; repentance is indeed met with forgiveness but deliverance will continually fall short.
Because by our very nature, we will always and without fail resort to our own abilities and self will to live a righteous and holy life. We will say no to the devil, no to the flesh and no to the world to no avail. We will resist the devil but he will not flee because we are not submitted unto God.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
Picking up our cross daily, we attempt in vain to follow Jesus and fall short time and time again because we have not yet denied ourselves.
“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
Repentance – yes, forgiveness – yes… but no deliverance.
Some will continue in this cycle all the days of their life. They will never know the joy of the Lord; the peace beyond all understanding. Sadly, all they know is the heavy yoke they carry. The cross of which they carry is not the cross afforded us by Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross but one of religious rites, traditions and unprofitable works.
Still others will walk away from faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified all together. With their faith utterly destroyed, they claim this ‘Jesus thing’ doesn’t work and turn back to the world.
“11 But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you.
12 Therefore, Brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.” Romans 8:11-13
Living the life we are called to live in Christ Jesus; mortifying the deeds of the flesh only comes through the Holy Spirit. The flesh cannot be mortified after the flesh. If we live after the flesh, we shall die after the flesh.
The Holy Spirit superintends the work of God in our hearts and lives when we say YES to God; submit unto HIS plan of victory over the world, the flesh and the devil…Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Submitted unto HIM and denying our own abilities, the cross of which we bear becomes one of great blessing. With our faith placed solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ as the Source and the means by which we are afforded the Grace of God, our ‘cross’ is the Promises of God. Our mortal bodies, being quickened by His Spirit, are alive unto God and have been given the ability to follow Jesus – to partake in God’s Divine Nature.
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4
The Cross of Christ afforded whosoever will believe the ability to live a holy life but it is only through CONTINUED faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified for victorious Christian living that the Holy Spirit is commissioned to superintend God’s work in our lives. Man made methods from the vanities of their own minds, namely humanistic psychology, have been taught as biblical doctrine for victory over sin and God’s Children are in bondage. They HAVE repented, time and time again….but they haven’t been delivered and return back to their bonds. They remain under the Law of the Spirit of Sin and Death because their faith has been moved to these vain philosophies and not in Christ Jesus for their victory.
“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
There are many who love the Lord Jesus Christ with all of their heart but they are bound. By what? The Lord knows. I’m here to tell you there is deliverance in the Cross of Christ Jesus. At Calvary’s Cross, the power of sin was utterly broken and every demon in hell was made a show of as Jesus led captivity captive.
The Holy Spirit will not work outside of the parameters of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Applying any other method other than faith in the Finished Work of Christ Jesus is a law of which the Holy Spirit will not partake. Saying no to Grace and yes to law, sin’s dominion is re-established.
Come back to the Cross of Christ. There is life and life more abundantly in Christ Jesus. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren