We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.
1 John 5:18
When we become a child of God, we’re expected to put away the old person for we’re altogether a new creation (Ephesians 4:22-24). Our thoughts should no longer be ours. Our old ways should no longer linger. Our hearts should no longer be deceitful. If we really and truly believe and belong to God, then why do we keep sinning? Some of us wilfully sin, but call it a “mistake”, a “flaw”, an “imperfection”! We can dress it up beautifully and call it whatever we want, but a sin is a sin.
We live in a world where temptation is always on the rise. We foolishly think that we have everything under control without relying on God only to be dragged back to our youthful lusts which God tells us to flee (2 Timothy 2:22). We all sin (Romans 3:23), but when we come to Christ by faith, He cleanses us of our sin thus we’re born again (John 3:3). God doesn’t make us righteous, He declares us righteous (Romans 5:1) for we’re still in the flesh and there’s always going to be a constant battle between the flesh and the spirit. You’re going to lose some, you’re going to win some, but if we’re fully surrendered to the control of the Holy Spirit, we’re going to win those battles constantly (Galatians 5:16-17).
Jesus showed us the way out. When He was tempted, He “offered up prayers and supplications with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death” (Hebrews 5:7). We have to continually submit to God allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us for the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32) and He works in us to transform us into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).
As long as you’re fighting and resisting the lust, you’re not sinning. It’s going to be a continuous battle for the Spirit of God and the flesh are at war.
In Matthew 5:48, Jesus wants us to strive for perfection as it is God’s standard for us. However, Jesus knew that in reality, we would fail that standard for we’re still in the flesh hence the reason why He died for our sins (Romans 5:8).
Take some time this weekend to reflect on your walk with God and where you are in Him. May God bless you.
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But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
When I was a teenager, I used to say that I have no enemies, not knowing that they came in the form of a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, or even a family member. And that one enemy can use your very own friends and family to turn against you. The world is also an enemy.
Praying for our enemies is a form of love. When we pray for those who spite us, we follow the Saviour’s example as He hung on the cross. He could’ve asked the Father to persecute His enemies as they did Him, but instead, He chose to ask the Father to forgive them (Luke 23:24). Even when Stephen was being stoned to death, he followed in the footsteps of Jesus and expressed love for his enemies by asking God to forgive them (Acts 7:60).
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I know it can be hard to pray and sometimes to forgive our enemies, but think about this: do you want to end up just like them? When we act spiteful, we allow hatred to fill our thoughts which in turn quench the Holy Spirit in our hearts and feelings gets in the way, and you may be tempted to spite, act out or even kill your enemy. But when we pray for our enemies, it eradicates anger and in some casts fear for perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
Before you pray for your enemies, release all negative thoughts including revenge and hateful emotions. Seek wisdom to pray and to love your enemies as Jesus did.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
During this year of restoration, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and self-examination.
I confess that the only fear in me is standing before the Creator ashamed and guilty after He has given me so much time to clean up all areas of my life. Like, what if I keep holding onto things and refusing to let go? However, I’ve been giving up many things left and right for my life on this earth is but a few minutes compared to eternity with Jesus Christ. And this song, this song makes me feel powerless in God’s presence. Makes me feel speechless. Convicts me. Tries me.
Lord, it’s not about me, my family, my friends, or the idols I used to worship. It’s about YOU and YOU alone. I pray to be counted worthy to even stand before YOU on the day of judgment. To God be the glory.
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about you,
It’s all about you, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about you,
It’s all about you, Jesus