FORGIVING MYSELF…

II CORINTHIANS 2:10-11: “Now anyone you forgive, I also forgive. For indeed, what I have forgiven (if I have forgiven anything), I did it for you in the presence of Messiah, so that we might not be outwitted by satan—for we are not ignorant of his schemes.” TLV

OBSERVATION: Am I ignorant of the enemy’s schemes? How many times have I quoted this verse – “…for we are not ignorant of his schemes.”? And yet, as I meditated upon these two verses I realized that I have been tripping over one of his schemes continually in my life. What is this scheme? It is walking in unforgiveness – toward myself!

When I read these verses in the past, I never really thought of the subject of unforgiveness in context to myself. Paul’s words are in the context of forgiveness. The young man caught in sexual sin (I Cor. 5) had repented, and Paul was exhorting the Corinthian church to forgive him and restore him. It is in this context that Paul writes – “…so that we might not be outwitted by satan-for we are not ignorant of his schemes.” I have never really had an issue with forgiving others, but I have long had an issue with forgiving myself.

It is not hard for me to believe that the Lord is gracious and merciful to the one who humbly repents of their sin. I John 1:8-9 is a wonderful truth and comfort.

  • “If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9 TLV

We all sin, and God has promised to not only forgive us our sin, but He also cleanses us from all unrighteousness. This means He removes our sin from us. He does not deal with us according to our transgressions, but according to His love and mercy. It is a joy to proclaim this promise over others, but it is another thing to walk in this truth toward myself.

I know that there is no more condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Yet, I find myself walking in disappointment over my failures. I expect more from my life. I am a redeemed child of God, filled with the Holy Spirit, and even though I know I am forgiven and cleansed, it is hard for me to release the disappointment I harbor toward myself. It has been hard for me to appropriate God’s forgiveness practically in my own life.

This is a viscous scheme of the enemy. It cannot break my relationship with God, but it can stop me dead in my tracks from being fruitful for God. It takes energy to walk in disappointment and unforgiveness toward one’s self. The enemy does not challenge the fact that I am forgiven, for I know the Word of God. However, he tries to convince me that I am no longer worthy to pursue the things that God has called me to. And if I fall for this scheme, it sets me back days, weeks, and possibly could sideline me for the rest of my life.

How many men and women of God are sitting on their gifts and callings simply because they have not forgiven themselves? They are carrying disappointment and disapproval throughout their life for something that God has long since forgotten. Whenever they feel inspired to take up their calling, the enemy reminds them of their past failures and the cycle begins all over again. Each new failure only adds to the cycle. And so many find themselves frozen by this insidious scheme!

How do we overcome this cycle? Paul gives us some plain talking advice in his letter to the Philippians.

  • “My aim is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the sharing of His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death— if somehow I might arrive at the resurrection from among the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or been perfected, but I press on if only I might take hold of that for which Messiah Yeshua took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself as having taken hold of this. But this one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal for the reward of the upward calling of God in Messiah Yeshua. Therefore let all who are mature have this attitude; and if you have a different attitude in anything, this also God will reveal to you.” Philippians 3:10-15 TLV

I overcome this vicious scheme when I choose to forget that which lies behind me. I really can’t forget, but I can stop allowing the past to dictate how I live my future. This is part of becoming united with Christ in His death and resurrection. Death to living in disappointment and disapproval, and resurrection in living in the power of His love and Spirit. And this death and resurrection is followed by an active pursuit of God’s will and calling for my life.

I was not good enough when He saved me, and I am not good enough now as I serve Him. It is not about me at all, it is all about Jesus Christ! He has forgiven me! He has saved me! He has called me! He has baptized and empowered me with the Holy Spirit! Christ in me is greater than all my disappointment and disapproval! So I can press on. I can keep reaching forward. I can live in the full revelation and power of His forgiveness. I CAN FORGIVE MYSELF!

Lord, this morning I thank you for Your grace, mercy, and love that You have freely and lavishly poured out upon me. This morning I choose to forgive myself and proclaim my freedom from disappointment and disapproval. I choose to forsake that which lies behind, and by the power of Your grace, and through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit – I will press on toward the high calling of God in Christ Jesus!

I will press into all that You have called me to do and become!

In Jesus Name!

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DEATH – WHERE IS THY STING?

I CORINTHIANS 15:51-58: “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last shofar. For the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruptibility, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this corruptible will have put on incorruptibility and this mortal will have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?” Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Torah. But thanks be to God, who keeps giving us the victory through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah! Therefore, my dearly loved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord—because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” TLV

OBSERVATION: Is the Resurrection something that is merely future, or does it impact my life each day? Paul addresses the Corinthian Church regarding the surety of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ and our future resurrection through Christ. The truth of the resurrection is something that we must grasp by faith. It is not something that our finite minds can really understand. However, when we have a revelation of the resurrection in our spirit it can totally change the way we live each and every day.

I will never forget the day I received the call that my dear colleague and close friend, that I had worked with for 35 years, had just passed away. I could not believe it. It was the day after Easter Sunday. I had just read a Facebook post that he had made that very night. And then it happened, unexpected and suddenly, he died from a heart attack. I was asked to not only represent my company at his funeral, I was asked to preside over the entire service.

As I traveled to Oklahoma I knew that I needed to be strong for his daughter and extended family. However, I was grieving myself. It was only the grace of God that gave me the strength. He had died so suddenly that he looked exactly the same in his coffin as the last time I saw him. It was hard to believe that he was dead. I knew his spirit was with Jesus, but his earthly tabernacle that I knew for over 35 years just lay their – lifeless.

I think this is what Paul is thinking of when he refers to the sting of death. Even as believers death has a sting. We miss the physical presence of the one we loved. If we did not have a hope of seeing them again there would be no comfort. Yet, we have a sure hope, and this is the hope of the resurrection. Not only will we be reunited in spirit when we get to heaven, but on that great day, the day when we hear the sound of the “great shofar” (the last trumpet) – our spirits will also be reunited with our glorified bodies. For those who trust in Jesus as their Savior and Lord, the sting of death will be completely vanquished. God will restore even their (and our) earthly tabernacle that we loved and fellowshipped with in this life.

  • “But when this corruptible will have put on incorruptibility and this mortal will have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?”

The corruptible that Paul is talking about is our earthly bodies. Death may think it has won a partial victory, but death will be swallowed up in His Victory on that great day. The corruptible will have become incorruptible. There will be no more sickness, disease, or physical disability or limitation. Our bodies will be restored to God’s original intent before the curse of sin. Our bodies will be restored, perfected, and glorified, just like the risen Christ! Paul cries out,

  • “But thanks be to God, who keeps giving us the victory through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah!”

This blessed assurance changes the way we view death and the way we view life. Life is not a pointless and endless struggle. It is merely a training period for our eternal life with Jesus Christ, and a waiting period for the promised resurrection. When we know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, we walk in the confidence of His grace. When we know that everything that this life has taken away will be restored (our bodily resurrection), we walk in the hope of an eternal perspective. God is and will restore everything!

Each Monday I used to give my dear friend a call. We would talk about our weekend, get caught up on our families, and review the business for the week at hand. It has been over two years now since his passing, and yet every Monday I find myself wanting to make that call. I am looking forward to the day when I am reunited with him in heaven, and when I can once again see that look he used to give right before he would say something to tease me. Until then, I take head to the words of Paul as he closes his discourse on the resurrection.

  • “Therefore, my dearly loved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord—because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Each day I am called to live life to the fullest. I am called to live life to the glory of God. I am called to live life with an eternal perspective. I am called to live life in the hope of the resurrection. Death has lost its sting. My loved ones in Christ are now in the presence of the King. One day we will be reunited in sweet fellowship, both in heaven, and on that great day of the Resurrection! What a glorious hope! What a powerful comfort!

Monday is a coming! Talk to you soon good friend!

In Jesus Name!

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FACING THE UNKOWN…

I CORINTHIANS 13:12-13: “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. But now these three remain— faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.” TLV

OBSERVATION: How do I deal with the unknown? It doesn’t matter how old I am, the unknown is always standing before me. As Paul writes in his wonderful treatise on love, I see in a mirror dimly at best. In this life, I know only a small part of what will be known. I have God’s Word as my guide, but there lies before me so much more that I cannot see or understand.

There are two questions that arise as I think upon this truth. The first is – How does this make me feel? The second is – How do I live in light of this fact? One takes a honest reckoning, the other a bold assertion of faith.

How does this make me feel? Honestly, not very excited at all. It seems that life is one continual challenge after another as we try to understand God’s will for our lives. With each accomplishment in life, we are faced with another challenge. We never quite have it all under control. There always remains that which is unattainable, that which is just out of reach, and that which we just don’t know. The more answers we find, the more questions we discover. It is truly a humbling realization.

So, do we simply live our life in an attitude and position of discouragement and defeat? Absolutely not! We have been given a hope that transcends our current battle. It is the hope of finally knowing, finally understanding, finally seeing what we are now unable to see. It is the hope of meeting Jesus face to face. Paul declares that at that moment, all the questions of life will be answered!

  • “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.”

The transcendent knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, on that day, will meet our finite understanding. Now, even though I know in part, I will know fully, even as I have been fully known by God. God is willing to share with me the abundance of His wisdom and understanding. We are all experiencing it in a degree in this life, but we will enter into His fullness on the wonderful day we meet Him face to face. All of the questions of this life will be answered. All of the things that we do not understand will be made clear in Him. What a glorious day that will be!

So how does that hope impact my present? It still doesn’t answer all the questions I have right now. And if I am both intellectually and Scripturally honest, I must embrace this fact. A red flag should immediately pop up when you meet someone who has an answer for everything. Some things in this life are meant for God alone. The revealed things are meant for His children!

  • “The secret things belong to ADONAI our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever—in order to do all the words of this Torah.” Deuteronomy 29:28 TLV

Paul tells us how this impacts our life right now, as he writes,

  • “But now these three remain— faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.”

FAITH directs our hearts to trust the one whose “…ways are not our ways…”, and whose “…thoughts are not our thoughts.” HOPE keeps our heart focused on the ultimate fulfillment of all the promises of God through Jesus Christ. LOVE keeps our hearts from growing cold, discouraged, or self-serving, by drawing us ever closer to the Lord, and ever closer to one another in Christ.

In all the times of disillusionment and discouragement that we may face, we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us! We will see Him face to face! We will finally know fully all the mysteries and plans the Lord has held in His hands for our life. In a twinkling of an eye – it will all make sense. Until then we abide in Faith, Hope, and Love.

And the greatest of these is Love!

In Jesus Name!

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HOW MUCH DO I REALLY KNOW?

I CORINTHIANS 2:11-12: “For who among men knows the things of a man, except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the things of God except the Ruach Elohim. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God—so we might come to know the things freely given to us by God.” TLV

OBSERVATION: How much do I really know? Isn’t it an irony that the older we get the less we know. We may have gained some life wisdom along the way, but when we compare that to all that we do not know, and all that remains to be known, it seems but a single grain of sand on the vast oceans of life.

When we are very young we think we know a great deal. Our vista of life and of God is very limited. John talks about the young man who knows the Word and is overcoming the enemy. This is an important stage in our spiritual development that brings us past the initial stages of salvation. However, when we compare this to what John calls “knowing God”, it pales in comparison.

  • “I have written to you, children, because you have known the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you have known the One who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” 1 John 2:14 TLV

Who can really know God? Who can pierce the heavenlies into the wisdom and nature of the Creator? Who can know the mind and will of God? How can a finite creature ever grasp and understand the infinite God? Paul tells us in these wonderful verses!

  • “For who among men knows the things of a man, except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the things of God except the Ruach Elohim. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God—so we might come to know the things freely given to us by God.”

The Ruach Elohim, the Spirit of God, He is the one who knows and fully understands the mind, will, and nature of the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. And He has been given to us. Each believer is endued with the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, and is invited to walk in His overflowing power through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is through this anointing and this communion that we gain insight into God’s eternal will and purposes for our life!

Have you ever been somewhere where they had a very slow internet connection. You try to check your emails, or surf the web, only to be frustrated because it seems that the data you need is traveling to you via snail mail rather than the World Wide Web? This is the same frustration that we encounter when we walk after our own understanding and fail to receive the wonderful insight that God freely wants to give us through the Holy Spirit. My own understanding – a dial up connection to the internet. The Holy Spirit giving me revelation – the highest speed connection known to man!

As I get older I realize how much I really do not know. Each day I am humbled by the wonder of God’s infinite love and power. As I realize and begin to explore the height, width, breadth, and depth of His love, I recognize my limited understanding of His love and nature. Yet, as I realize this I also hunger to know Him more. I do not want to simply know Him as Savior, Healer, and Provider. I want to know Him as ABBA Father, Creator, and Lord. I want to partner with Him in His divine purposes for my life and the life of others. I want His Kingdom to come to me on earth as it is in heaven!

Lord, this morning I confess to you how much I do not know. Yet, I hunger to know You more. Pour out the Ruach Elohim (Holy Spirit) upon my life anew! Help me to walk in the spirit of wisdom and revelation of Your will, Your nature, and Your purposes. Help me to grow up in my faith so that I can know the reality of John’s words,

  • “I have written to you, fathers, because you have known the One who is from the beginning.”

In Jesus Name!

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PUT ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST…

ROMANS13:12-14: “The night is almost gone and the day is near, so let us put off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the day—not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and envy. Instead, put on the Lord Messiah Yeshua, and stop making provision for the flesh—for its cravings.” TLV

OBSERVATION: What does it mean to put on the Lord Jesus Christ? Paul exhorts us to live as children of the light. As children of the light we are to walk differently, act differently, and think differently. It is the choice we have each day to either walk according to our old inclinations, or after the leading of the Holy Spirit.

As in the natural, so in the spiritual. Have you ever wondered why someone acts so differently when they have on a tuxedo or a formal gown? Clothes do not really change the inside of the person’s heart, but they do change the way they act. A child that is dressed for a wedding will act differently than the same child in an old pair of jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers. This is also true for the believer.

We do not have special Christian clothes that magically change our behavior. However, we have been clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ in our hearts, and this should influence the way we walk, act, and think. This is what Paul is trying to say. To put on the Lord Jesus Christ is not to put on your Sunday best before you go to church. Rather, it is to clothe yourself in humility, to draw upon the grace of God, and to walk after the Holy Spirit in moment by moment dependence.

This takes deliberation. We have to gather our “old clothes” (our old way of walking, acting, and thinking) and throw them away. This is what it means to put off the works of darkness and to put on the armor of light. It is the clothing of our heart and mind. We must stop making any provision for our old ways, and begin making provisions for our new way of life to grow and flourish. This is both practical and spiritual. It speaks about the things we do, the places we go, the people we associate with, the thoughts we entertain. We need to begin to focus on the things that are above so that our spiritual man can grow and flourish!

  • “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise—dwell on these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—put these things into practice, and the God of shalom will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9 TLV
  • “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves in tender compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience— bearing with one another and forgiving each other, if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord pardoned you, so also you must pardon others. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfect harmony. Let the shalom of Messiah rule in your hearts—to this shalom you were surely called in one body. Also be thankful. Let the word of Messiah dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another with all wisdom in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Yeshua, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:12-17 TLV

Lord, help me today to put off all of my former ways of walking, acting, and thinking. Help me to put on the Lord Jesus Christ and walk after the Holy Spirit in all that I do. Help me to clothe myself in His life, His love, and His light.

In Jesus Name!

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WHY DO PEOPLE LIFT THEIR HANDS IN WORSHIP?

PSALM 141:1-2: “A psalm of David. ADONAI, I call to You— come quickly to me! Hear my voice when I call to You. May my prayer be set before You like incense. May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” TLV

OBSERVATION: Have you ever wondered why people raise their hands in worship? Do you raise your hands in worship, but honestly it has just become something you do without thinking of why you are doing it? What is the significance of raising my hands as I worship the Lord?

I will never forget the first time I walked into a church where people raised their hands in worship. I grew up in a liturgical church where this expression of worship was never seen. The atmosphere was very serious, and even laughter was rarely a part of our service, even if the pastor said something humorous in his message. Searching as a young man, I wandered into a church that was filled with “Jesus People” during the Jesus Movement in the 1970’s. They not only lifted their hands, they clapped, they rejoiced, and they laughed. It was far too much for me. I left right in the middle of the service!

Yet, there was something that intrigued me about people who were truly engaged in worship. Truth be told, I knew the liturgy from front to back, and I would recite it without even thinking about it. These people seemed to actually be thinking about what they were both doing and saying. There was an authenticity that I had never seen. I was uncomfortable, but it drew me back. The next time I stayed for the entire service.

I never walked up to answer an altar call. But I did want any respectful person from my background would do. As the Lord began working in my life I began a migration from the very back pew, ever so slowly, up toward the front, one pew at a time. And then it happened. I realized that I was not only engaging in worship, I was lifting my hands, I was clapping, I was rejoicing. The Lord had slowly defrosted my life until I was on fire for the Lord. Worship and the lifting of my hands became as natural as reciting the liturgy.

And herein lies the problem. Anything we do that has meaning can lose its meaning as we do it. When I was on fire for the Lord I went back to my parents church, the church I grew up in. When I recited the liturgy I was deeply convicted. The words I recited without thinking about them were direct quotations from the Psalms and the Word of God. I had been reciting God’s Word without any thought, without any respect, without any meaning for years. Is it possible to raise my hands in the same way? Absolutely!

David gives us a powerful glimpse into the true meaning of raising our hands in worship. It is not simply something we do because others do it. It is something we are doing to express our devotion and commitment to the Lord. It is a personal expression of our spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the natural expression of a heart surrendered in love to the Lord. David cries,

  • “May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.”

Every morning and evening the Burnt Offering was given upon the altar for the Nation of Israel. It was the offering of the covenant. It was a continually reminder that they were in covenant relationship with God through the sacrificial blood of the of offering. David looked upon his worship as a sacrifice. He lifted up his hands in surrender to the Lord as a living sacrifice. It was the most personal expression of worship and surrender that he could give. Paul echoes these words in his letter to the Romans.

  • “I urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice—holy, acceptable to God—which is your spiritual service.” Romans 12:1 TLV

Jesus Christ has become the final sacrifice for sins. His blood has sealed the covenant relationship with God and man through faith. We no longer have to offer a sacrifice in the morning and the evening as a sign of our covenant relationship with Him. However, we are called to offer our entire lives as a living sacrifice in service to Him. This is our spiritual worship. This is our high calling. The raising of our hands in worship reminds us of this important truth. It points to the only one who is worthy of our worship, and it represents our true surrender to the Lord by grace through faith.

Anything we do can lose its meaning if we are not careful. The reciting of the liturgy, praying a prayer, and even lifting our hands. We can begin to do things as a method more than a heart felt expression. Our prayers should be sincere and ignited with faith, just like the incense that was kept aflame before the Ark of the Covenant. And the raising of our hand should be with thought and purpose as we present our hearts, our souls, and our bodies to the Lord as a living sacrifice, daily surrendered to His will and His purpose.

Lord – “May my prayer be set before You like incense. May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.”

In Jesus Name!

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VICTORY OVER SIN IS REALLY VERY PRACTICAL…

ROMANS 6:12-14: “Therefore do not let sin rule in your mortal body so that you obey its desires. And do not keep yielding your body parts to sin as tools of wickedness; but yield yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your body parts as tools of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” TLV

OBSERVATION: Am I walking daily in victory over sin and temptation? In the world we live in temptation is everywhere. There is a constant riptide pulling at every believer trying to lure them out into the depths of the sea of sin where they will be overcome and drown. Yet, there is victory in Jesus Christ, and it is experienced on both a spiritual level and a very practical level.

We tend to focus on the spiritual when we think about walking in victory over sin and temptation. Yet, this is not where we get tripped up. It is the little things that we ignore that usually snag us. That is why the writer of Hebrews exhorts us,

  • “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,”. Hebrews 12:1 NKJV

Why do these weights and sins so easily trip us up? It is because we fail to understand the practical side of our daily victory over sin and temptation. What the Lord has done in our hearts through faith in Jesus Christ needs to be followed up with practical obedience. Paul states it very bluntly when he says,

  • “And do not keep yielding your body parts to sin as tools of wickedness; but yield yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your body parts as tools of righteousness to God.”

And Jesus put it this way in His teaching to His disciples,

  • “Woe to the world because of snares! For snares must come, but woe to that man through whom the snare comes! “And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away from you. It’s better for you to enter into life crippled or lame than, having two hands or two feet, to be thrown into fiery Gehenna. If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from you. It’s better for you to enter into life with one eye than, having two eyes, to be thrown into fiery Gehenna.” Matthew 18:7-9 TLV

Jesus was speaking in hyperbole, a gross exaggeration to make a very practical point. Paul was speaking very bluntly. Yet both were saying the same thing. Victory is only experienced when we discipline and direct our eyes, our hands, and our feet in the direction of righteousness. If we do not change our activity and our patterns, we will not walk in daily victory over sin and temptation.

If I proclaim that I am going to lose weight, but I keep eating the foods that contribute to my weight problem, my confession does not match my actions. I can do this all day long and I will still struggle with a weight problem. I must bring my actions in harmony with my confession. But how do I do that?

It is not in my own power or strength, as that will only lead to greater frustration and failure. Yet, when I call upon the Lord, when I declare my desire to yield my entire life, body, soul, and spirit, in obedience – He meets me with His grace!

  • “For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”

Before we were united with Christ all of our efforts were dependent upon our own strength and resolve. However, now that we have been crucified with Christ, dying to our old way of living, and rising with Christ to a new potential through grace, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit we can daily present our body, soul, and spirit in obedience unto life. When we take these practical steps of obedience, He meets us with grace to endure, grace to resist, and grace to overcome!

  • “For what was impossible for the Torah —since it was weakened on account of the flesh—God has done. Sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as a sin offering, He condemned sin in the flesh— so that the requirement of the Torah might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Ruach.” Romans 8:3-4 TLV

My victory over sin is very practical. It is aligning my emotional and physical life with my spiritual reality in Christ. What I allow to enter into my mind through my eyes, what I allow my hands to handle, where I allow my feet to take me, will determine my daily victory over sin and temptation. Through God’s grace I can choose to use my entire body as an instrument of righteousness. I can break all my old patterns through my victory in Jesus Christ!

Lord, thank you for the victory over sin and temptation through Jesus Christ my Lord. Help me to walk in this victory both in faith and practical obedience through the Holy Spirit. Grant me the grace today to present my eyes, my mind, my hands, and my feet to be used only for Your Glory. Meet me at the point of obedience with Your Great Grace!

In Jesus Name!

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