Just as I saw my friend crying all week. I was concerned. It’d be the third time I’d see her crying profusely. She often looked frustrated in recent times and sometimes full of pain though she was laughing without any care in the world.
But some days ago I decided to ask her why she was weeping? I have been praying for her throughout the week. Imagine how glad I was when some days later she sent me a WhatsApp chat, pouring out her heart to me.
So this is it. She has been struggling with some sinful habits. She was tired and fed up with her spiritual instability. Though she has made resolutions several times, cried to God for help, pleading to be set free from a circle of the unending struggle of sinning and confessing and making resolutions and falling back into those habits.
But do you know what? That day on the cross at Calvary, Jesus cried with a loud voice as He gave up the ghost “It is finished”. Wao that settled it. It is no more your struggle. The price has been fully paid. Your faith determines the result you will see in your life.
If you keep analyzing how much sin you are committing by allowing your mind to be ruled by a consciousness of sin, you will sin the more. You will be wasting your precious time brooding on the wrong thing and looking at the wrong place. This is what brings you under the yoke of the bondage and the pain.
However, this is a new dawn and you can experience the joy of the savior. If only you will channel your focus into understanding the redemptive work of Christ. Drink of it. Get soaked in it. Feed on it.
Do you know really what Christ has done for you?
Though God’s desire is for you to live right, you cannot live that life except you know what it entails. You are essentially a being. From your being, you do. It is from an understanding of who you are in Christ that the fruit of righteousness flows.
Do you know that your right standing with God, is not based on your performance but on the sacrifice of Christ? Did you get right? The book of 2 Corinthians 5 verse 21 states it. Do you know that if you are born-again, you immediately received the life of the Spirit? To be born again in the literal interpretation is to be born from above. You are a new creature in Christ, God’s greatest creation of art. When you received Christ, you received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Do you know all of these?
Do you know you have been redeemed and all your trespasses are forgiven? Colossians 2 verse 13 makes that clear. Do you know that in Romans 4 verse 8, God no longer imputes sin to you because sin was paid for at the cross and what God sees when he looks at you is that you are blameless and faultless? If you doubt these words, could you please flip over to Colossians 1 verse 22?
Just to think of it. Sin is a big deal to God. It was enough to separate you from the Creator of the universe. God’s eyes cannot behold sin. There is a wage of sin and this is death according to Romans 6 verse 23. With this view in mind, so you know we are all are doomed to pay for our sins. Death was our wages. Condemnation was what we deserved. God’s justice was that a sinner must pay for his sin which is death!
But God is love. The love of the Father towards us motivated the coming of Christ into the world. Can you imagine such love? Christ came so he can take away all the sins of the world. Do you see why he had to die? God’s justice must be meted out.
When Christ died, you died. When he was buried and he resurrected, the same experience happened to you because He died as you. The judgment you should have paid for, Christ took it on himself and released God’s own nature to you.
Even before you were born, your sins were covered in the finished works of Christ. All you had to do to receive eternal life was to believe. Just as it is written in Romans 10 verse 8,9, God looks at you, he sees the justice meted out on your sins and he will no longer condemn you.
God sees you as redeemed, righteous, forgiven, holy. You obtained these gifts when you accepted Christ into your life. How God sees you has everything to do with the sacrifice of Christ. This releases a life of rest for you and empowers you to live out your true nature.
So now you don’t have to struggle with those sinful habits. See yourself as God sees you through the lenses of Christ. That is where your reality dwells. You have been made alive with Christ. You are a son of God. You are loved perfectly by the father. You are sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise. Sin has no dominion over you. You are dead to sin and alive with Christ. You carry the life of Christ. Your sin nature has been crucified with Christ. You have no obligation to the flesh anymore. You are hidden in Christ.
Let these thoughts constantly fill your mind. Don’t shift your gaze from them even when you mess up. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. The blood of Christ watches us from all sins. It is a one-time sacrifice with continuing results.
Do you believe in the power of the blood? am sure you do. Take it by faith and you’ll begin to see improvements in your spiritual walk. Crave for a revelation of the love of the Father.
Consistently acknowledging what Christ did in his death, burial and resurrection breaks the hold of sin in your life. It keeps you above condemnation because you know the basis of your right standing with God. You understand that as Christ is, so are you because your spirit is one with the Lord.
Stop listening to the devil when he whispers words of condemnation to your mind. He is a liar and the Father of lies. Point the cross to him. Show him where he was defeated.
When he reminds you of your sins, remind him of Christ, who is our mediator with God the father. You may want to dig into Hebrews 9 verse 25 and 26 and also Hebrews 10 verse 11 to 18.
Remind yourself constantly that your redemption and forgiveness purely work of grace through faith. It has nothing to do with your performance because if it did, Christ wouldn’t have suffered in your place. Romans 5 verse 17 says You received the gift of righteousness.
As you daily remind yourself of the forgiveness of your sins and the redemptive work of Christ, you keep in your heart the truth of your right standing with God. You submit yourself to the Holy Spirit to teach you how to live right.
Breaking free of your sinful habit requires that you put your confidence in God. Your boldness is on the finished work of Christ. This boldness drives the devil mad. But do not be ignorant of his devices, be vigilant, and be prayerful. The arrow of condemnation and guilt falls off, as you listen to the Holy Spirit on what to do.
Dearly beloved, get into the epistles, start from the book of Romans and read on to Hebrews. Take a grip of your identity in Christ, get rooted in it, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in the path of your true nature. You’ll do just fine.