MERCY AND GRACE

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14
 
When our faith is solely and purposefully placed in the redeeming work of Christ Jesus, Grace which always operates in the power of the Holy Spirit, isolates the sin nature which we were all born with due to the fall of man.
 
Religion presents various man made methods and philosophies cloaked in Scripture to due that which only the Holy Spirit has the power to do…isolate the sin nature. These methods seem “right”. Intellectually they appear to be able to work and unknowingly we place our faith in these methods for the victory in which we seek. With our faith placed in another method for victory over sin, we do not give the Holy Spirit latitude to do His mighty work in our hearts and we remain under the Government of Law. This may not be the Mosaic Law but it is a law we have conjured up for victory over sin.
 
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
 
The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to free us from the Law of Sin and Death when our faith is placed in man made methods presented as biblical doctrine for victory over sin. The Holy Spirit is jealous over those parts of our lives we give over to law for victory. He lusts to expel the sin that has so easily beset us but with our faith misplaced, we remain spiritually defeated.
 
For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
 
This Scripture is not just a saying we repeat but a life that we live. It is the only way to live and living a victorious Christian life.
 
Are we perfect? No. Do we struggle? Yes. Do giants appear in our promise land? Yes. However we continue fighting the only fight Believers are commissioned to fight…the fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Always and without fail, His Grace is sufficient. The Lord is truly a lamp unto my feet as He orders the footsteps of the Believer. His ways are higher than our ways and we do not always understand. Precept upon precept and line upon line, old things indeed pass away and all things become new as His Grace expels the wickedness in our hearts and brings to light the need of repentance. Goodness and mercy surely follow us all the days of our lives but it is not because of who we are and what we did. No, no. If you think that, you have missed it. His Goodness and Mercy follows us all the days of our lives because of Who HE is and what HE did to pay the penalty of sin for the believing sinner and break the power of sin for the believing Saint.
 
Yes, I am determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I have tasted and I have seen the goodness of the Lord and He is good…He is faithful; He is the Alpha and the Omega; the Beginning and the End. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and I will follow Him all the days of my life.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

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