STAND FAST

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1
 
Law, man-made or otherwise, will entangle the Believer with the yoke of bondage. It will excite the sin nature to which it was once married.
 
Wherefore, my Brethren, you also are become dead to the law by the Body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to Him Who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.” Romans 7:4
 
Being buried with Christ, baptized into His Death, we are dead to the law. The law is not dead but we are dead to it. Our sin nature is not dead but remains quarantined by the power of the Holy Spirit as we continue looking unto the Cross of Christ for God’s Grace to expel that which is in our heart and not pleasing unto Him. When we look to the storm and devise a ‘plan’ for victory; a man made law, the power of the Holy Spirit which has kept our sin nature isolated is removed and begins anew it’s relationship with law.
 
9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
 
10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
 
11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.” Romans 7:9-11
 
The law, whether it be the Mosaic Law or man made law, is good. Man made laws for victorious Christian living are always “good”. They are well meaning and sincere but when we who are alive unto God through faith in the Cross of Christ Jesus, look unto laws which are “ordained to life”, aka victorious Christian living, our sin nature is revived and these laws produce fruit unto death. These laws are deceiving and will slay the unknowing Believer entangling them once again with the yoke of bondage.
 
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
 
2 For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.” Romans 8:1-2
 
IN Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit is commissioned to free us from the Law of Sin and Death. Then and only then is He Who is in us, greater than he who is in this world working on our behalf. We can declare it and decree it all we want but unless our faith is purposefully and solely placed in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, the Holy Spirit, Who is by all means greater than he who is in this world, is NOT working on our behalf.
 
This is the one and only fight every Believer is called to fight…the fight of faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Denying ourselves; our abilities, talents, intellect, etc., we are then able to pick up the victorious life and living Jesus Christ afforded us at Calvary’s Cross and follow Him on a daily basis.
 
When we say we are determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified, we are not merely repeating a slogan but purposefully determined to follow our Lord by Grace through faith…faith of the Son of God Who loves us. We are not perfect but He is. We may falter but He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin when confessed and forsaken.
 
Look unto the Cross of Christ Jesus. Allow Him to author and finish your faith. Signs and wonders will follow those who believe. Blind eyes will be open. The lame will walk.
 
Be determined.
 
-Donna Clark Warren

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