Friday, 9 March 2018
Nobody is without sin. The Bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Once upon a time, I had regarded myself a very good person, kind and patient but the Holy Spirit continually convicted me - over a long period of time until I saw myself as a filthy rag. “You call yourself a Christian? You better not tell people you are a Christian!” The voice of condemnation tormented me until my eyes were opened.
We must hold tight to Jesus’ teaching, yield to the Holy Spirit and change the way we think. Then, we will know what God wants us to do.
I am no longer the same ‘kind and patient’ (self-righteous) person. By the grace of God and through the power of the Holy Spirit, I can exercise self-control. However, I still have the inner struggle to be kind and patient in my thoughts. Therefore, I must hold captive all thoughts and make them obedient to Christ.
When I start accusing myself of wrong doing or putting shame on myself for falling short of living in Christ, I know what I can stand on – the Word of God. I proclaim that in Christ, there is now no condemnation for me because through Christ the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2). Amen.
The psalmist says, “The LORD sets prisoners free. The LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down. The LORD loves the righteous. [I am not righteous in myself but I am righteous in Christ.] Hallelujah!
I consider all my own righteousness rubbish. I just want to gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith (Philippians 3:8b-9).
Dear Father God,
Thank You for giving me the Holy Spirit. The Bible says,
In Your Holy Presence, sin must flee. I am being set free from the power of sin. I can stand firmly on the Word of God, fearlessly resisting the evil one’s fiery darts. Father, help me to keep my armour in battle-fit condition because I know that my struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12).
Apostle Paul tells us that we are called to be free. He tells us not to use our freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, SERVE ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE (Galatians 5:13).
We have been set free by the Blood of Jesus. God has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve Him. Let us walk humbly with God, be sober and alert, ready to bind and loose, trusting, obeying and praising God. To God be the glory! Amen!
Lam Yee Ling