We who are believers in Christ, believers in His death and believers in His resurrection and we who proclaim that Jesus is our Lord are to be ones who live what we believe. Our belief is not simply a profession, but in our profession we live and keep ourselves according to God in His word and is to be something that is never stagnant, but to be the process and working out in everyday and every way. Because we carry around the body of our flesh, we will always be in contention with the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, pride of life and drawing to the desires of worldly rudiments 1 John 2:16. This is why we must die daily – to these so we may be free in following Christ and unhindered – for make no mistake, these things hinder us in the things of Christ Mark 8:34, Titus 2:11-12. As we lay aside our body of flesh, to deny it – we grow in the Spirit and are strengthened in our obedience. This is the sanctification process; where God’s grace is abounding and where our life is in His Spirit and where we are strengthened so we may not desire as we once have the things of the world and lusts.
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21
We each have our own crosses to bear to which God will personally engage in as we yield to Him so we nail the things in our life that we would reckon dead – where we will no longer partake in. Some things are obvious, that we all know we must no longer partake in, or allow to remain in our lives. Some not so. We all have compartments in our soul in which only He can free us and it is His desire for us to open up to Him these in honesty and humility. Most of these compartments are unknown by us, and have been hidden or forgotten for years and will remain so if we do not ask God to shine His light over our lives to reveal its poisonous hook and nook. For make no mistake, any hidden areas in our lives, will and does have adverse effects that will manifest in our lives. As the Christian Body of Christ, it is to our joy and privilege that we have the power of the living God to enter in, to bring to us His Life into this deadness. His desire is that we cast out of our souls these compartments and pockets to become whole – in Him this is our work when it is said to ‘work our your salvation’ for we have been give life giving power to deal with the effects of sin in us Phil 2:12-13. For Christ has laid down His life and His blood frees us out of the darkness into His glorious light, so we no longer need to be slaves of sin – either what has been done to us, or what we do. We walk in fellowship with our God who will direct us into Himself to be cleansed and made whole.
‘if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin’ 1 John 1:7
I am fully convinced that those who struggle in certain areas of their lives – let’s say for example smoking that the hook, or stronghold is not the aspect of smoking at all – while there is an addictive component – the strength of its power is how it came in; out of rebellion perhaps, fear and desire for the sense of peace and calm or the need for control are some examples. And it is in this place that one need go to God about. Paul indicates this in that we may give the devil a foothold if we harbor anger when he says this,
“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26
If there is an area in our life where we are regularly troubled or enslaved, I believe it may be one of those compartments of our souls that we have not given the light of Christ to access, and it is the outward evidence of an inward work not yet done. We have the ultimate advocate, counselor and teacher who will lead and guide us into all truth and whose sole purpose is to reveal Christ (and His freedom) into our lives…..may we look to Him to remove the darkened rooms we have in our hearts and aim for His consummation of our entirety – so we will be like Him more and more every day! Amen!
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 1 John 3:2
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty 2 Cor 3:17
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. John 16: 13