Jesus is not going to save us from sin, he has already saved us, and it is a done deal. The great act of grace and the dispensation of mercy by God were on full display when “He made a public spectacle” of our enemy sin with Jesus on the Cross of Calvary. Jesus entered the world, lived among us, died for our sins and intercedes on our behalf with the Father, how dare we be so contemptuous and stand in outright opposition to the will of his heavenly Father and our God? I confess it is not easy to obey when the world appears so consistently opposed to God.
The sinful saint says, ‘If I could simply come to Jesus my entire life, mortal and spiritual, would be aligned with my personal desires and the will of God. I could actually have the power and courage to kill sin in my life and allow the Spirit of God to rule.’ Jesus humbled himself under the mighty hand of God and allowed the Father’s will to rule his every action. A total surrender to the character of Jesus would give me the power to resolutely let go of sin and anything that keeps me from aligning my will to the will of God, there would be no more opposing Him.
“If we know these things, happy are ye if ye do them” (John 13:17). When you know you should do a thing, especially a good thing, and do it, immediately you know more. We know that sin is a counterfeit of obedience, it may look like we are doing the right thing, it may even feel right, however, it is not the real thing it is not the will of God. I have come to the conclusion that it is much easier for a Christian to sacrifice himself to sin than it is to whole-heartedly resist sin and fulfill the original spiritual destiny God will for us before the foundation of the world was laid.
“To obey is better than sacrifice.” It is definitely more beneficial to fulfill the purpose of God in your life by discerning His will than to do great acts of personal sacrifice encouraged by a world in opposition. “And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Roman 12:2). We are to live, move and have our being in God, to look at everything in direct relation to the will of God. Then and only then will sin die in our lives and the Spirit of God comes and dwell within us.
Living in the consciousness of God pushes His Spirit to the front of our conscious at all times, this haunting by the Spirit of God keeps anything else from getting in, no cares, no tribulation, no anxieties and not even sin. To be haunted by the Spirit of God is to have an effective barrier against the onslaughts of the ever-present opponent of obedience sin, as it attempts to enter and/or reenter into our Christian lives. We are here to glorify, worship and praise God and not to live in outright opposition to His will in our life or the life of anyone else.
The obedient Christian is willing to submit to God’s will and not oppose it, so He may work through us what He wants for His purposes. When we realize this He will make us broken bread and poured-out wine to feed and nourish others as Jesus did. “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead Our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen”. (Hebrews 13:20-21)
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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