For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
God is our only standard. We have all missed it which is why Jesus died as the substitute for our sins.
We saw from John 16 that the Holy Spirit is convicting unbelievers of not accepting Jesus. He does not condemn or put people down for their sins!
“Oh but brother I’ve had the Holy Spirit just beat me up while I was sitting in church about sins and mistakes I had made in the previous week.”
That was not the Holy Spirit. It is our own conscious that makes us miserable.
There is a lot of junk each one of us must work through because our own conscious is condemning us. One of the major reasons that this is so comes down to the things that we are told in church.
“Well he couldn’t clean up his act so God struck him down!”
“She smoked a cigarette and so God smote her with cancer”
Statements like this are not Biblically based. They feed a sin consciousness into our souls that holds people in bondage.
Jesus came to deliver us from a works mentality. We must press into prayer and devote time to spend in His Word if we are going to walk in the freedom He is offering.
The Holy Spirit is only dealing with unbelievers over one thing which is whether they have made Jesus their Lord or not. Every person must repent and invite Jesus into their heart or they will go to hell.
Have you ever prayed the prayer of salvation? It is simple.
“Dear God, I want to be a part of your family. You said in Your Word that if I acknowledge that You raised Jesus from the dead, and that I accept Him as my Lord and Savior, I would be saved. So God, I now say that I believe You raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive and well. I accept Him now as my personal Lord and Savior. I accept my salvation from sin right now.“
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If you have made Jesus your Lord the Bible says you are blessed. It doesn’t matter how rotten you may act, your spirit is a brand new creation!
You are blessed!
God loves you!
God has forgiven you of all sin – past, present, and future.
Some people will read these words and think I am insinuating that we can live anyway we want to. God’s love for us does not change based on whether we toe the line and do what we should or whether we do not.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
A Christian who allows their flesh or soul to yield to sin will also be yielding to Satan.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Satan is out to kill us. Yielding to sin opens the door for him to bring destruction in our lives. This is why we must not allow ourselves to yield to sin.
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Jesus entered once into the holy place and obtained an eternal redemption for us!
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
If we are unable to get free from the sin consciousness that plagues so many Christians today, we will not be able to fully serve the living God.
There are a lot of people who love God, have received His gift of salvation, and want to serve Him but are unable because they do not have a revelation of what has been provided to them in Christ.
Religious traditions instill a sense of unworthiness in Christians that holds them in bondage. They live defeated lives because their own heart is condemning them. This is not the life that Jesus died to set them free from.
We must develop a revelation to the truth that God has already forgiven all of our sins! Jesus went to the cross to deliver us but many have allowed themselves to be held in bondage by a works mentality.
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