God sees us from an eternal perspective. He already gave each Believer everything we need for a godly life. His promises secure for us the divine nature of Christ dwelling within us (2 Peter 1:3-4). Our carnal nature is crucified with Christ, and now He lives in and through us (Galatians 2:20). Our humanity died and we are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3-4). The fruit of God’s Spirit are part of that divine nature, which works within us.
It is humorous to me when Born Again Believers pray to ask God for more patience, joy, love, self-control, holiness, faith, and kindness. The Holy Spirit dwells within each authentic Believer and these characteristics are His fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). We possess every one of them already. We just do not always walk in them. When we feed our flesh, these fruit shrivel up; but when we live in the Spirit, we naturally exhibit them to the world around us (Galatians 5:16-25).
As we stop to pray each moment of our day, the Holy Spirit leads us in the works, which God created for us to do before the beginning of time (Ephesians 2:10). We live in Biblical truth and encourage one another to walk in holiness. We do not support selfish corruption in one another or excuse sin. Instead, we exhort one another to pursue holiness and not to allow the deceitfulness of sin to harden us with pride and rebellion (Hebrews 3:13).
Jesus suffered humiliation and the overwhelming pain of crucifixion in our place. The least we can do is to walk in the holiness He made possible for us. A lady told me, “I hid in the church from the world; and I was holier than a nun; but now I have a balance in my life. Everybody sins and my sins are no worse than anyone else’s.” This makes me so sad, because she is crucifying again the Son of God (Hebrews 6:6). God’s goal for us is perfection, not mediocrity (Matthew 5:48).
Jesus calls us to live a holy and blameless life. If we refuse to do this, we are slapping Him in the face, spitting at Him, scourging Him and publicly crucifying Him all over again. We hold Him up for repeated public disgrace by our shameful behavior (Hebrews 6:6). When we live in rebellion and sin, we also hurt our eternal standing with God. He holds us accountable for our works and only rewards us for walking in His righteousness (Matthew 12:36).
Father God, the world, the devil and our flesh will daily deceive us and tempt us to walk in sin. However, those who are Born Again will never practice sin as a lifestyle (1 John 3:4-10). Your Holy Spirit within us, convicts us and holds us accountable to Your Truth. As we walk in Your Word, our faith matures and we live closer and closer to You and further away from sin and destruction. We fully commit our body, soul and spirit to You, in order to live according to Your Word (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
Thought for the Day:
An existence filled with fulfillment and peace comes only to those who totally commit to and surrender their life to Christ. – Psalm 31:5