Beloved, even after you have sinned, you are still righteous. Do you believe that?
I believe with all my heart, that immediately after any sin we commit, whatever, however graphic, horrible, ridiculous, small, significant, large, massive, whatever it is, after any sin we commit, as long as we focus our attention and affection on **enjoying God**, we will sin less.
Which is greater? Sin’s condemnation in your existence, or Jesus’s condemnation of sin on the cross?
We actually in a sadistic way, like condemnation. Because condemnation is logical, and condemnation in a weird, twisted, back-alley sort of way, gratifies our flesh. To feel horrible, to feel depressed, to feel dejected, to feel despair, almost feel right.
Even our mentality towards sin needs to be transformed. Sin does not cause seperation, but seperation causes sin. Adam and Eve were deceived by the serpent, when it convinced them that they need to do something to be like God. Through this, a spirit of independence came to their hearts and minds, the spirit of seperation entered and eventually produced disobedience and sin in their actions.
The same thing happened with Lucifier when he said, ”I will be like God” (Isaiah 14:13-14). He had a spirit of separation and independence and it produced rebellion in him. Sin is a by-product of separation and independence, not the other way around. That is why grace brings intimacy between us and the Father. It brings relationship like no other; a closeness that is authored by God Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Even the will to receive Christ comes by Grace, which compelled Man to give up one’s will in making things right.
Man’s will is never good enough to do good, only through Jesus’s perfect will (Grace), the reborn nature of ‘No longer I who live but Christ who lives in me’ that we are enabled to do good.
What we need more is not instructions or obligations, but grace and more grace to have our minds renewed about how futile Man’s efforts are, that only by resting in Gods grace (Christ) we are able to maximize the good in our performance through His.
[ How sin activated by the enforced obligation unto the Law ]
Romans 7:8 (AMP)
But sin, finding opportunity in the commandment [to express itself], got a hold on me and aroused and stimulated all kinds of forbidden desires (lust, covetousness). For without the Law sin is dead [the sense of it is inactive and a lifeless thing].
[ How Jesus abolished legalism to set us free from the bondage of sin ]
Likewise, my brethren, you have undergone death as to the Law through the [crucified] body of Christ, so that now you may belong to Another, to Him Who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.
6 But now we are discharged from the Law and have terminated all intercourse with it, having died to what once restrained and held us captive. So now we serve not under [obedience to] the old code of written regulations, but [under obedience to the promptings] of the Spirit in newness [of life].
[ How Grace is revealed as God’s will for us through His Son Jesus ]
John 5:30 (AMP)
I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord—but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.
[ And Jesus IS the complete expression of Grace, as God’s will for us to abide in ]
John 1:17 (AMP)
For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Col 1:15 (AMP)
[Now] He is the exact likeness of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible]; He is the Firstborn of all creation
John 14:6 (AMP)
Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.
Grace is the way, truth, and life; our new will as part of our new nature as we are born again in Christ. Jesus’s obedience is our only obedience, amen! :)
Romans 7:18-20 AMP
For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it. [I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but no power to carry it out.]
19 For I fail to practice the good deeds I desire to do, but the evil deeds that I do not desire to do are what I am [ever] doing.
20 Now if I do what I do not desire to do, it is no longer I doing it [it is not myself that acts], but the sin [principle] which dwells within me [fixed and operating in my soul].
When it comes to addiction and bondage, what we should be dealing with is not the act of sin, as those are just the symptoms of sin. What we should go for is the root of sin, which is condemnation, and the only cure for condemnation is Grace! Meaning, what you should be focusing on is not quitting the habit but receiving Grace instead, and be at rest, knowing how Christ has already made you blameless through His Finished Work.
In Grace, you have dominion over sin! So even when you fall short, be reminded of your everlasting righteousness in Christ and your free access to His Grace! Receive that forgiveness for yourself (God sees no wrong in you!) and His unconditional acceptance of you!
Grace is the way we exit and the only way we enter into His abundant freedom. When we come to the end of ourselves, the life of Christ begins!
Halleluyah! We no longer have to bear the charges of condemnation and guilt! We are free, every accusation has been disarmed!
Remember beloveds, God does not accuse us of anything, in His eyes we are perfect. And even the accuser of the brethen had been defeated! You are free to live and enjoy!
The blood of the Lamb is for the forgiveness of all our sins. We therefore say that knowing the power of the Blood, stops and takes away the power of satan’s deception and condemnation in our lives. Whenever he accuses us of our sin, we remind him of the Blood that was shed for the forgiveness and remission of all our sin.
Paul Hernandez, The New Covenant in a Nutshell, Living Grace
There is power in the blood!! Halleluyah!
Even while you are sinning or realized you have sinned, remember that you are still righteous. Your righteousness in Christ is the only effective freedom from sin. While being free also includes the freedom to sin, BUT what the Spirit of Liberty would like to emphasize to you is that you are free NOT to sin, meaning there are alternative choices available which He will show you if you would surrender your self-efforts and let Him flow through you instead.
Being righteous means you are no longer bound to sin, but bound to Christ. To live free is to be first believe that you already are free.
Grace is not the freedom to sin, Grace is the freedom from sin
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