For starters, if you’re a believer, you are holy. Regardless of how you feel about yourself on any given day, Jesus’ righteousness has been imputed to you. You are His. When God sees you, He sees Jesus, because Jesus is all there is to see in you. I challenge you to stop trusting your feelings and start standing on God’s Word, which states over and over again that you have been bought at the highest price imaginable, that you are holy, pure, and righteous. You have entered into this through faith, not by what you have or have not done.
One might say, “But where’s the fruit of holiness in my life? Why do I continue to struggle?” Holy behavior can only come from holy thinking, and that is through Grace. Stand on the truth of your identity as a son or daughter of the King, and pursue a greater revelation of His Grace. A greater revelation of His Grace will lead you to a clean conscience.
The fruit of holiness can only grow from a clean conscience. A clean conscience can only be attained through trusting that you are who God says you are, holy, righteous, and pure.
If you are a believer and yet are powerless against sin, it is because you do not have a clean conscience.
“Lord, anything and everything that’s not of you, we give you permission to cut it out.”
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We tell people that Jesus loves them. It’s true. We tell them that in Christ, there is no condemnation and no fear of judgment. Also true. We tell them that eternal life is only found in Christ. Yet again, true.
While these truths address our eternity, they do little to convey the immediate need for a Savior.
The Gospel does so much more than save our souls. It is freedom from sin. Oftentimes we can be quick to tell another, “You need Jesus,” (hopefully in a more roundabout way than that, if we’re at least somewhat tactful). But what do we expect that to mean to someone with no point of reference for what He actually offers? Let’s try addressing the elephant in the room: their sin. Not in a condemning or judgmental way. After all, Jesus is the only one qualified to throw stones, and yet He doesn’t. Do we have friends with self-destructing (or worse, family-destructing) habits or addictions? Let’s meet them where they’re at… let’s empathize with their situation, and rather than merely tell them that Jesus loves them, let’s communicate to them that the reason they cannot stop doing what is killing them is because Jesus is the only one capable of unlocking the prison gates.
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
If our focus is on obeying God and avoiding sin, we will do neither very well. We will eventually give them up altogether, or we will begin twisting scriptures in order to justify our failures.
Focus on His Grace. Meditate on Him. Tell Him you love Him, repeatedly. Get close to Him. Press in. Holiness is only achieved through close proximity to Jesus. If His Grace is the only thing that can save us, surely it is the only thing that can sanctify us. So stop running from sin, and run to Jesus.