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Concluding the Victory

Concluding the Victory

I always find it odd that Christians do not want to read or study the book of Revelation because it frightens them. Do they not know that Revelation declares the final victory for Christ and His children? At the same time it declares the final doom for Satan and those who follow him. Revelation 12:11 declares, “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” Who is the “they” that overcame? The Christians. Who is the him they overcame? The dragon, Satan himself. What is the word of their testimony? The redemptive power of the blood of Christ. We must also understand that Jesus isn’t going to, someday, overcome Satan and the world, Jesus said in John 16:33 that He has already overcome the world and his children aren’t one day, in the sweet by and by, going to overcome, but they too, through Jesus, already overcame. I John 2:13 says, “I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father.”

As we look at the final part of the Holy Spirit’s convicting power on the world Jesus concluded with the Spirit convicting the world of Judgment. Jesus said in John 16:11, “Concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.” The ruler of this world is Satan, and as we see in this statement, he has been, past tense, judged. It’s a done deal. Satan’s judgment is sealed and he has been utterly defeated. I John 3:8 says, “The one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil,” and Colossians 2:15 says, “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.”

Remember, this conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgment is for the word, not the Christian. Though the Christian can be, and will be, convicted of sin and righteousness, the Christian cannot be judged. Why? Just as Satan’s judgment is sealed so is the Christians. The judgment for Satan is eternal damnation. Since Jesus took upon the penalty of death on the cross and bestowed upon us His righteousness, to those who receive Him, the judgment for the Christian is eternal paradise with God. The judgment for the world, those lost in their sins, will be sealed upon their death. If they die separated from God in their sin they will enter into eternal damnation along with Satan, however, if they repent, they are pardoned from their sins, by the redemptive power of the blood of Jesus and will be eternally saved. Jesus said in John 3:18, “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

The Holy Spirit will not only convict the sinner of his sins and his need for righteousness, but will also convict the sinner of the fact that he stands at enmity against a holy and righteous God because of his sins and is worthy of condemnation and eternal damnation. All who will be eternally damned to hell will first stand in front of the judgment seat of God. At that time, they will know God’s righteousness, and they will understand they are a sinner, and not a single person in hell will be there without knowing God was just for His judgment. When the Holy Spirit convicted me of my sin and of God’s righteousness I knew without a doubt that a was worthy of hell. Recognizing the grace and mercy of God I willingly, humbly, and excitedly accepted that grace, repented of my sin, and surrendered myself to the Lordship of Jesus. Apart from the Holy Spirits convicting power in my life, I would have never known, remained unrepentant, and continued to stand in condemnation. Praise God for the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, and praise God for the victory we have in Christ. It’ baffles me that people would stay unrepentant when it’s clear that they are not only on a losing team, but have already lost, yet they have the opportunity, through Jesus, to repent and switch sides.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Bible Study, Devotional, Uncategorized

 

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We Know We Have Overcome Sin

We Know We Have Overcome Sin

 “We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.” I John 5:18 NASB

Have you ever heard the expressions, nobody’s perfect, or we’re all just human, or everyone has skeletons in their closet? Many times I have heard these statements spoken by active church members as well as pastors. Unfortunately for them, there is major problem that stands in the way of these types of statements-the Word of God. Statements like these are excuses to stay in sin, while the very abundant and clear teachings of God’s word is to repent from sin-all sin. The attitude every Christian should have is Romans 6:11 that says, “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Don’t listen to the lies and excuses.

Some will then argue that their sin is to powerful and they cannot turn away from it. My question to them is, “Will God require us to do something that He has not already provided the means and power to do?” Of course not. That would make Him an unjust God. If God asks us to do something He fully expects us to do it and has provided the means to do it. The problem with people who ask such a question is that they have more faith in the power of their sin than they do in God. I am not demeaning the power of sin by any means. Sin is very powerful. However, God is all powerful.

When one enters into fellowship with God that individual then belongs to God. They are not their own. This verse tells us, “We know that no one who is born of God sins.” How is it that no one born of God sins? Because, “He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil on does not touch him.” In other words, since we belong to God, Satan, the great tempter and destroyer, cannot touch us. Satan will have no influence on the life of the Christian what so ever. For, we are Gods.

When one is born of God he is set free from his sins. Romans 6:14 says, “For sin shall not be master over you,” and Romans 6:18 tells us that we have been set free from sin. What did Jesus die for? He died for sin. He did not die so we would stay in sin. He died to deliver us from our sin. The power of the cross sets us free from the power of sin. Colossians 1:13-14 tells us that God, “Rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” That is the power of the cross.

Now the real question is, “What is the difference between a non-Christian and a Christian?” A non-Christians is trapped in the bondage of sin. Apart from Jesus he cannot escape his sin. He may trade one sin for the other, but he remains trapped nonetheless. In fact, a non-Christian can and will live in their sins with little or no regard for sin. Simply put, they could care less about the sin in their lives. Unless those sins are causing personal problems they will have no desire to have them removed. When they do remove the sin from their life, they will immediately replace it with another. They are trapped and need Jesus to deliver them.

In great contrast, if the Christian were to sin he would immediately be convicted of his sin by the Holy Spirit and be absolutely miserable until he repents. Though a Christian may temporarily slip, or briefly lose focus, the biblical fact is, Christians will not live in sin. Allow me to remind you of I John 1:6, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” Every reason for the Christian to sin has been removed. Sin no longer has control over the Christian, nor can the evil one touch him.

Some may say this teaching brings condemnation to those trapped in sin. I would call it conviction rather than condemnation. It is the devil who brings negativity to this truth. If all you ever hear out of a preachers mouth is joy and blessings and you never hear him preach on sin, don’t walk, run, for he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The only true way to have joy and blessings is to be delivered from sin. Then true joy will come. God didn’t give us this truth as a means of condemnation. Only those who refuse to repent will be condemned. God has given us this truth as a means of encouragement. It is greatly encouraging to know, through Jesus, we have overcome sin and there is no reason to allow sin to remain and destroy within our lives. Now we simply need to, by faith, walk in that deliverance.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Don’t Kick the Habit

Don’t Kick the Habit

“If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

In 1996 God delivered me from drug addiction. Since that time I have worked with hundreds of individuals on the streets, in churches, and in jails. One common statement they make is that they need to kick the habit. I immediately tell them, “no you don’t.” Unfortunately, that is the wrong state of mind. First of all when one kicks the habit he will usually pick up another. For instance, when one kicks the habit of smoking she will often times replace the cigarettes with food. Now this individual isn’t going to die of cancer, he will now die of a heart attack.

Another reason people don’t need to kick the habit is due to the fact that addiction is more than physical; it is emotional, physiological, and spiritual. This is why you see individuals who have been clean for weeks, months, and even years return to their addictions. The chemical dependency is long gone but the emotional, physiological, and spiritual factors haven’t been dealt with.

If we are not to kick the habit what then are we to do? We are to seek God for deliverance. When we are delivered by the mighty hand of God we are set free and made whole. This scripture reminds us of the power of God. “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” Today, I am not a recovering addict; I am a delivered addict who has been set free.

Addiction is far more than just chemical dependencies. The same emotional, psychological, and spiritual bondages that hold the chemically dependant down can and will enslave anyone to bondage. We don’t have to live in that bondage. We can be set free by the grace and power of God. Trust me when I say that I know the power of addiction. You can also trust me, and countless others, who know the delivering power of almighty God. Call on Him, trust in Him, believe in His promises, and He WILL set you free. Over the next couple of weeks I will share several biblical principles on how we can be delivered.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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