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It is a glorious revelation as we discover that when Jesus died on the cross, He died for all sin; once for all. (Rom. 5) Peace floods the soul when we recognize that our flesh has been removed and crucified and that we are no longer enslaved to sin. (Rom. 6 & Gal. 2) When we realize that we are united with Christ, it changes everything as we learn what it truly looks like to walk according to the Spirit.
Yet, so often in life, our experience cries out louder than our knowledge of theological truth. And when we find ourselves once again living out that old flesh pattern, we get frustrated and look for answers on how we can “stop”! We read verses about the flesh and considering ourselves dead and feel defeated as we continue to wrestle day after day and for some, year after year.
Here is a bit of good news: you will not find freedom from your flesh by focusing on your flesh. Your freedom will not come from a Bible verse telling you “what to do” or a law or a new principal or even an accountability group. All of these continue to keep us self-focused instead of Jesus-focused. All of these call us back to self-centered living. However, Jesus is wooing us into relationship.
Jesus did not come and give His life so that you could go back to living according to the law! Hebrews 10:9 tells us that He came to take away the first in order to establish the second. The first covenant was a life of laws and principles and trying hard from a place of self-effort (flesh) because that is all we had! The second dealt with the heart. In the second covenant He gave us a new heart and a new mind! The second was inaugurated by His death. Hebrews 10:19-23 says, “Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great High priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
I agree with the Moravian cry, “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering!” Let us lay aside the flesh, not by focusing our hearts on flesh, but by focusing our hearts on Him and His flesh that was broken so that I could be free. Let us focus on the greatness of His love and sacrifice.
The good news of the Gospel is so much crazy freedom that it offends even our flesh. All things are lawful? “Paul, are you kidding me? What are you saying? Don’t you know that your written words might give people license to sin?” Paul, along with the author of Hebrews, knew that the secret to freedom did not lie in the focus of our flesh but in the greatness of His love and His body and blood. He is the Lamb and the High Priest and the Mercy Seat.
Today, may you be set free of your flesh and may it happen as you look to the Lamb, His sacrifice, His love and His flesh that was torn so that you could have full access to the Holy of Holies! ”Jesus, may You forever receive the reward of Your suffering! Your love and grace will forever astound and amaze us!”
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James 1:2-4 Consider it all joy my brethren, when you encounter various trials (temptations), knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance (steadfastness). And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect (mature) and complete, lacking in nothing.
How many of us consider it all joy when we are slammed with temptations? So many grow up in this world without an understanding of the love of the Father. This can leave us with “orphan” thinking. Within this orphan mindset is the belief that “It’s up to me; It’s my fault; I must be doing something wrong; me, me, me, me… Therefore, when temptations come, we don’t count it all joy. We go into worry and fear and begin to wonder: “What’s wrong with me; what did I do wrong; God must be mad at me because all of this stuff is happening; I need to fast, pray, read, more… it’s all about me, me, me!”
Yet, James, the half-brother of Jesus is telling us that it’s this testing of our faith that produces endurance (steadfastness) and as we allow it to have its perfect work we will grow into maturity and recognize that we really are complete; i.e. LACKING IN NOTHING. Not because we have become better orphans, but because it’s in the seasons of testing that we discover we have a Daddy God who never leaves us or forsakes us.
Jesus demonstrated this life of sonship. Remember, He was tempted in ALL things, yet without sin!!! He didn’t wake up and face the day with the thought, “How am I going to avoid sin today; I need to work really hard to be a good Son?” No! He awoke full of the Spirit and fully connected to His Daddy! And from this position of sonship, while being tempted in ALL things, He loved and gave; doing all He saw His Daddy doing and saying all He heard His Daddy saying! (John 14)
So, sons and daughters of God count it all joy. Don’t look at yourself when temptation comes and try to figure out what’s wrong with you. Look up. Look into those fiery eyes of Love and ask, “Who do You say that I am?” and let the testing produce maturity in you as you move into the knowledge that you really are complete, lacking in nothing. You and God against every demon in hell are still a majority!
Conviction. The word appears 8 times in the New Testament. Without going into each verse and its meaning, let me just share a few thoughts.
The word for convict(ion) is elegchos or elegchō: “not merely a charge on the basis of the conviction, but the manifestation of the truth of that charge. The results will be reaped from that charge, and the acknowledgement, if not outwardly, yet inwardly, of its truth on the part of the accused. This doesn’t just imply the charge, but the truth of the charge.” Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D., Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible
Romans 8:33-34 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
When Jesus became the Propitiation for our sin, He satisfied God! When Jesus died on the cross for all of the sins committed from the beginning of time to the end of time (Rom. 5), He said “It is finished!” When we receive His forgiveness and His life, we are given His righteousness. It’s not your “self” righteousness. If it is, then you will be convicted of sin every time you miss the mark. But if it’s His righteousness, you will be convicted of your righteousness every time the Holy Spirit comes to you to remind you who you are when you are walking in opposition to your true nature. (2 Cor. 5:17)
If you are being convicted of your sins, you might be bound in the cycle of sin, try hard, defeat, sin, try harder and ultimate defeat! Not to mention your eyes would be on yourself! But, if when you sin, the Holy Spirit is convicting you of your righteousness and wooing you to look again to the cross of Jesus Christ, then your eyes are on Him and the joy before you will cause you to run into His arms.
We’ve been duped. The enemy has come in for thousands of years and convinced the church that we are sinners and ultimately failures. He is there tempting us and when we don’t know who we are and what we were created for, we say “yes” to sin. Then he stands as accuser and pretends that he is God accusing us. We walk away feeling like God is mad at us or maybe that He is simply disappointed. How has this helped the church? Does this bring us into sonship? Does it release us into our destiny? How has it worked for you? Or has it led the church to run from God, disconnect from community, hide and ultimately give up?
Romans 16:7-11 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin. The world needs to be convicted of sin because they need to receive the sacrifice for those sins. They need Jesus. We do not “need” a Savior until we are convinced of our need for a Savior. The Holy Spirit convicts the believer of righteousness. Jesus, talking to His 11 closest friends hours before His betrayal said, “concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me.”
Remember, we are in the world, but not of the world. We are the “you” in John 16 because we are His followers. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” If I am righteous; if I have been justified; if I am redeemed and sanctified… why would the Holy Spirit come and convict me of sin. He knows that my sin is upon the cross. He knows that I will walk in it if I believe that it’s still alive in me. He knows that I will be free of it if I know I have been crucified to the world and the world to me. If God casts our sin as far as the east is from the west and remembers it no more, why do you think the Holy Spirit still remembers? Hmmmm. Maybe that voice that is pointing at your sin and causing guilt and condemnation to rise up within you is not the voice of God at all. Maybe it is the voice of the accuser who accuses us day and night!
Romans 8:1 Therefore there is NOW no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. When will we believe and receive this? If we continue to hold onto our sin and condemnation, then we continue to walk in pride. It might be masked as false humility, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace”; but don’t be fooled. Jesus was enough! Jesus did it! He went to the cross. He took the sin of the world and He said, “It is finished.” He defeated death and hell and is now seated at the right hand of God and we are in Him. (Eph. 1 & 2) Do not be deceived any longer. Agree with God. Say yes to the finished work of Jesus and enter into the rest that God has for you. (Heb. 4) May you be convicted of the truth of that charge: that you are righteous, redeemed, hidden with Christ in God, sanctified sons and daughters; that you have peace with God because of His great love and His great sacrifice. Amen.