Faith or Failure … Your Choice ~ blog
I began this thought process on Wednesday when I wrote about using Faith to deal with Temptation. What you believe is absolutely critical to so many things in the Christian life.
We are saved by faith which is what God gives us so that we will believe in Christ and accept Him to be our Savior. We were saved by grace through faith and both the grace and faith were given to us so that we could be saved.
Unless the Father had drawn us to Jesus, removed the blindfold the god of this world had over our eyes so that we could not see the light of the gospel, and were convicted by the Spirit of our sins and need for a Savior … none of us would have believed. That is what makes it a GIFT!!! So, faith played a key role in your becoming a believer.
We call that saving faith. However, living the Christian life also takes faith. Not the faith to believe in Christ but the faith to believe what God says is true as we read it in the Bible.
So, we have been dealing with the lie that tells us …
You Will NEVER be FREE from sexual sin!
We have tried over and over again and failed miserably. We have made promise after promise to God that we will stop. Do not imagine that God, when He hears another earnest promise that He inches forward on His Throne eagerly hoping that you will be successful. He knows all things and so He knows what is going to happen. He knows the beginning from the end, and it is impossible for the all-knowing God to have unrealistic expectations about you.
Therefore, every day and at moments in every day we will have a choice of what to believe. The lies from hell say that we are addicted to sex and have no power to resist the temptation. Our memory reminds us of all the failures and all the promises we have broken. We sigh a sigh of despair, turn on our computer, unzip our pants and return to self-gratification which we absolutely know will only be temporary and will be followed by more guilt, condemnation, and self-loathing.
Once we give up believing that we still do have a choice it is like we lay down and die. We assume we are going to fall anyway so why should we even try to stop. Perhaps we have promised our spouse or friends that we are going to stop. Yet that promise is quickly incinerated by the roaring fires of our lust.
What we all need to do it so begin building up our faith and begin believing that we do not have to sin sexually. To believe that we still have a choice and if we consistently begin to make the right choices over the wrong choices the grip of the python of lust will begin to lose its power and we can begin to make the right choices that lead to freedom.
Paul really is stressing this point in Romans 6, and at the end of that chapter he says;
“But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
He also makes it very clear in Galatians 5:16;
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”
So, here is my point. If you will begin to believe what it says in the Bible … that you have been freed from sin … not only freed from the penalty of our sin but freed from the power of our sin. We are not yet freed from the presence of sin but that is coming.
And here is my point. Sin’s power over me has been broken and it no longer has control over me … UNLESS I ALLOW IT!!! The potential of sin having power over me again is certainly a possibility … but only if I choose sin to be my master instead of God. The wages of choosing sin to be my master is death but if I want to really live and enjoy the life God has for me, I must choose daily and many times during the day to remain filled with and walking in the Spirit.
Unless you believe that … then your faith will not give you daily power in this battle. You will think the way you have trained yourself to think and that is to believe you will never be free.
Kind of like Peter who could have never imagined that he would just walk out onto the Sea of Galilee. I am sure he swam in it while having to occasionally bring his head above water for another breath. But actually walking on top of the water never even entered his mind until he saw Jesus doing it and asked if he could join Him.
Those first few steps must have been gloriously exciting until he stopped believing what Jesus was doing and started looking at the circumstances. Take away the faith that kept him dry and, in a moment, he sank down and become soaked in the reality of his situation.
Do you believe that God not only wants to set you free from sexual sin but also has the power to do it? He will most definitely do it once we get to heaven. But He can also be doing it in the here and now … and it all starts with having the faith to believe that and then to follow the faith up with actions. The actions of walking in the Spirit moment by moment and being part of a community of other men helping one another.
And that will be tomorrow’s message …