As Christ followers, from the moment we become born again, the old things pass away and the new comes. We shed the old ways of thinking, old habits and even behaviors. We know that transformation to reflect and look like Christ happens over time, but we work out our faith daily.
Being a disciple reminds me of the word discipline. The word disciple almost fits in the word discipline as it is learning how to resist temptation and say no, just like a spiritual muscle. As you resist the muscles with weights and exercises you get stronger. The same thing happens with spiritual health and exercise. The more we say yes to Jesus, the stronger we will be when temptations to sin come our way.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Carnally minded people don’t care about the consequences of sin, because they don’t know any better. The Bible says that the “wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Sin has a price tag, and the enemy of our souls wants to masquerade that so we fall into deception and further away from God’s will. We must guard our hearts and minds by renewing ourselves with the Word, prayer, fellowship, church and worship.
Being sanctified is in the discipline of becoming more like Christ. To sanctify is to “set apart or declare as holy” (Webster’s dictionary). No, we aren’t holy from our own acts, because our “righteousness is as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6), but our obedience and faith are credited as righteous love to God. He loves when we obey like a Father does, and He isn’t pleased without faith.
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. (Isaiah 64:6)
Just Say No
Saying no to certain sins may be hard in the moment because the flesh is being crucified, but in the end we will reap good fruit and benefits because of it. We will reap blessings from God as we progress toward a more intimate relationship with our savior. The Bible says “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15).
If we are listening to secular music, watching worldly shows and hanging out with the party crowd, how can we expect to be transformed? Being sanctified is to be “set apart,” and that is what God desires for us, to be displayed for His honor, for His use and purpose. We are the clay and He is the potter.
Trust me, PI Girls, when I stopped partying and doing worldly music, God opened supernatural doors for me and I got to do my dreams of music and I also felt more joy. Sin leaves us feeling empty and it doesn’t satisfy. Trust me, the devil doesn’t tell us what we will reap if we go to the party and get drunk. He doesn’t warn people of hangovers, unwanted pregnancies and so forth. He promises empty lies and deceives with dissatisfaction.
We know it’s the cross and the blood of Jesus that set us free from sin, but it’s also truly being born again by the Holy Spirit that we become holy. We choose to not sin because we have authority OVER the sin. People in bondage you can question if they truly are born again, because when you have God’s Holy Spirit, you don’t WANT to sin. When you are in love, you want to please that person and be with them and make them happy. The same goes for our relationship with God.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:12-14)
My challenge to you today is to ask yourself: “Am I born again truly and set apart for God? Is Jesus Christ actually the King and LORD of my life, or do I dictate and do what I want? Am I truly following Christ?”
Many people claim religion, and even Christianity, but that doesn’t mean that they are born again and being sanctified through discipleship and transformation. We should be aiming toward holiness, building God’s Kingdom, and should be having personal growth and evidence of a true follower of the Lord. Amen?
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