This is Part 2 of a message that was recently preached by the youngest minister at my church.
13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Apostle Paul is letting us know that regardless of how long we’ve been saved, we can not live a holy life in our own strength. There is nothing we can do on our own to win our own victory. So where does victory come from? Jesus won the victory for us at the cross.
Paul brings up the dilemma of how to perform that which is good I find not. Many of us face this dilemma when we attempt to base our sanctification off our own merit. Sadly, many people are under the false mentality of “once Jesus saves us we are on our own.” However, God has it purposefully designed for us to have to rely on Him for strength. It is not a matter of us just calling on the Lord when we find ourselves in a serious crisis, but we need Him in good times and bad times.
Many Christians do not fully understand what they have.
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
We no longer have to be bound to sin and the things of the world anymore.
So if in my flesh dwells no good thing, how can I live victoriously? The answer is:
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
I recently saw a minister on television, who admitted to having continual battles with the spirit of depression. While some of us may face more severe battles than others, if we are all being honest, depression is a battle which we all are confronted by. When it shows up, we can bring our cares and concerns to the throne of God through prayer. The thing that we must not do, is allow shame to cause us to keep our concerns bottled up on the inside of us. God already knows what’s troubling us, He is just waiting for us to confess that we need His assistance. Pride and God don’t mix. We get into serious trouble whenever we begin to feel self-sufficient. We often quote the verse, “I can do all things, through Christ,” with a strong emphasis on the “I”, and we fail to emphasize “Christ.”
If we truly want to have God’s favor over our life, we must become totally dependent upon Him. As our loving caring Heavenly father, God loves it when we come to Him with all of our questions, cares, and concerns.
Adam messed it up for all of us when he disobeyed God. Sin became a part of all of us. Sin doesn’t start with what we do, it begins within our heart. It is only when we choose to place our faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work at the cross, and invite Him to be the Lord of our life, that His Holy Spirit comes in and begins to change our heart.
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
It is awesome that the Lord is pouring out His spirit, and He has actually already started doing this. The thing is that if we lose our focus and allow our faith to dwindle, we will miss out on all of that. If we want to see souls saved and lives around us changed for the best, we must allow the Holy Spirit to have free course in our life. The Word says, “not by might nor by power, but by my spirit saith the Lord.”
Written By Minister Emmanuel Bryant
There is no better time than right now to place your trust in Jesus Christ. I will list two prayers to show how simple it is:
Prayer of Salvation:
God, I come to you, confessing that I am a sinner.
I Repent of all my wrongdoings, and I ask for your forgiveness.
I now confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, died for my sins, and rose again for my justification.
I invite Jesus to; come into my heart, clean up my life, and guide my decisions from this day forward.
Thank You, Jesus for saving me!
Or you can simply say: “Jesus, please save me.”
If you prayed either of these prayers, and meant it from your heart, then you are now a part of God’s family. Your name has been written in the Book of Life, and therefore when your mortal life ends you will live forever with Jesus Christ.
Begin studying God’s Word. A great place to start is to read the Gospel of John, then Matthew, then Romans, then Acts. This will give you a foundation of the teachings of Jesus and how He desires that we successfully navigate this mortal life.
I will encourage you to also find a good church home, where the true Word of God is being preached. Always remember that your salvation is not based on politicking with church leaders, how well you dress, how well you sing, how much money you put in the offering pan, etc… Your salvation is built upon your acceptance of Jesus as your personal Savior, and your commitment to growing to know Him more and more each day, through prayer, studying the Bible, and interacting with other “born again” Christians, who sincerely encourage you to grow spiritually.
God Bless You, and if we don’t meet in this mortal life, I pray we will meet in heaven.