Why Your Victory Over Sin Tarries
Oh no! Not again! I hate to be like this!
Those are some phrases we commonly use after we have sinned. I’m talking about true born again children of God who love him and want to have their destinies in him fulfilled and make God proud. It’s such a frustration.
I totally believe the Bible, so if my experience or even the experiences of everyone I know don’t line up with the Word I still believe the Word is right and we are missing it somewhere. One of the verses that really got me thinking early is this one:
1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
I read that and thought to myself, are there so many professing believers who are really not children of God? And that will make me also not a child of God, because I could still remember stumbling here and there. Well, right there was the issue. I couldn’t tell if everyone else was a fake or not, but I knew certainly that I wasn’t. I loved God with all my heart and even hated the totally dumb way I fell into sin here and there. But the fact was that I needed help. I’m glad to let you know that I found help and I’m going to share it with you.
You can live above sin. But not by your will power or by your self denial. Never! Understanding this is crucial to your triumph. That verse in first John says the reason we don’t sin is because of the seed of God, which is also the life of God, that is in us. In reproduction, the male gamete(sperm) is the one that has the life and swims towards the egg and if the process of fertilization is successful, life enters the egg and both gametes make one cell that grows into a baby. In the same way, we were born again by the incorruptible seed of the word of God which lives and abides for ever.(1 Peter 1:23). The seed there connotes a gamete in the Greek root of the word. It implies, therefore, that it is only by the activity of the life of God in us that we are able to live above sin. I will explain how this works practically.
It is when we get to the point when we say like the Apostle, Paul, it is no longer I that live but Christ that lives in me. When we have experienced the transformation that comes from the word of God. Remember even the Apostle, Paul was once at the point where he couldn’t do what he wanted but what he didn’t want. How was he delivered? By the life of Christ. (Rom 7:24-25.)
How do we come to this point in our lives? Where we are not the ones living but Christ and this is an experience not just a possibility we read in the bible. Let’s examine a few scriptures together. Please follow them carefully, this is where your victory lies.
1 Peter 3:18, For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
Note: Christ died once and his flesh was put to death but the same was made alive by the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:10-11 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Note: this assures us of the same experience that Christ had. Death, real death, of the body of sin but the same Spirit that raised Jesus up will raise us up too from death to a righteous life.
Speaking about the flood in Noah’s time 1Peter 3:19 says:
The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Note: By entering the ark that Noah built, 8 people were saved. Figuratively they went from death to life. That was to show us how we will pass from death to life – through baptism. If u read d verse well you must have noticed that he wasn’t talking about water which only puts away the filth of the flesh or body. Peter was talking about a baptism that gives us a good conscience before God. To avoid length, simply, baptism is to include or put something totally into another thing. Now, read this:
Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Note: everyone who is born again is baptised into Christ (with or without water baptism)and hence into his death. There are different baptisms the bible talks about which I can’t discuss in this post. Follow through and you will understand everything in a moment.
1 Peter 4:1-2 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
Note: he says he that has suffered in the flesh as Christ did has ceased from sin. The issue now is, must we literally physically die before we can be free from sin? Some people teach this, saying as long as we are in the flesh, talking about being alive on earth, we will always sin. But this does not have to be true. See this:
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
This is the very verse that leads to the one that says your body is dead because of sin but the same Spirit that quickened Jesus’ body will make yours alive too.
If you didn’t understand all of that, here is a summary: to live above sin your body must die like that of Jesus and the Holy Spirit must give new life to that dead body just like he did with Christ. How does this happen?
Surely you won’t literally die and be resurrected just to live above sin. This is where baptism comes in. You can have an experience of suffering and death through the suffering and death of Jesus. You can and actually are included in the death and resurrection of Jesus. If you can see yourself experiencing what Jesus experienced and be able to say confidently that I have been crucified with Christ then you will also be able to say that it is no longer I that lives but Christ that lives in me. Having truly in experience died then u will in experience be born again by the seed(life) of God and won’t sin again. Paul says it this way:
Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The issue is you just don’t get to that point by accident, by merely listening to a message or even reading this post. You MUST spend time personally with God in prayers asking him to reveal Jesus Christ to you because it is in the revelation of Jesus that you find grace. (1Peter 1:13).
Why is the revelation of Jesus so important, why must your inner eye be enlightened?
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
It is when you have this revelation of Jesus and continue to behold him that the Spirit changes you to become just like him. After praying, to behold, you will open up the scriptures to meditate, which means to say those scriptures to yourself while thinking upon them. Take note, saying the scriptures audibly to yourself is important. This is the correct way to meditate. Maybe sometime soon I’ll write a post on meditation. After you do this for a while you will begin to see, and when you begin to see, you don’t stop, you continue to look. You will find out that in your experience it is no longer you that lives but Christ that lives in you. This is what it means to live by grace through faith. You submit yourself to the word of God through meditation, having prayed for revelation, and the Holy Spirit will transform you and supply you grace to do the will of God.
You can begin your meditations by writing out the scriptures I quoted and using them personally. Do this in any area of your life and result will be guaranteed.
This post is a rather lengthy one so I’ll like you to tell me if you understood what I wrote. My aim is to be a blessing so I’ll like you to comment telling me if you understood or not. Also if you have any questions I’ll be glad to answer them.
Remain victorious in Christ.
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