As Christians, we know that God’s Word is the absolute truth on which we base our life. We enter His rest and live according to His precepts without compromise.
The gift of grace, which we receive at salvation washes away all of our sins (Ephesians 2:8). We did not earn salvation and we cannot improve upon it. With salvation there is no condemnation for anything we ever do (Romans 8:1).
So why should we desire holiness and perfection when a place in heaven is already guaranteed to us? Why not walk in the flesh instead of in the Spirit (Galatians 5:15-25).
Grace does not give us permission to continue sinning. Although grace abounds in our soul since salvation, that is no reason for sin to flourish (Romans 6:1-2).
Sin is not a momentary lapse, but it spoils our whole life and our testimony (James 1:13-16). The Bible holds a standard of holiness and perfection for every Believer who is washed in the blood of the Lamb (1 Peter 1:15; Revelation 7:14).
When we face temptation, we cannot blame God for tempting us. He is never interested in evil, nor does He use evil to entice anyone (James 1:13).
We are tempted by the depravity in our own soul. Satan plants the desire in our mind; and once we entertain that degenerate thought, it takes root and blossoms into sin.
Then, when sin is rampant in our soul, it gives birth to corruption, destruction and death, which we never realized would follow.
God’s Spirit abides within us and keeps us from choosing to sin. If we will walk in the Spirit, He helps us always to select righteous thoughts, words and deeds instead of carnal ones (Galatians 5:15-25).
Lord Jesus, remind us that a life of sinless perfection is achieved one moment at a time. With You residing within us, and by the power of Your Holy Spirit, we do not have to entertain evil thoughts that promote sin.
Help us to be vigilant in times of temptation to see your provision for our way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). Thank you for dwelling within us and giving us the goal of walking in sinless perfection and to intimately dwell with You now and in eternity (1 Peter 1:16).
Thought for the Day:
We sell our self short by believing that we cannot live up to Biblical standard. God’s Word advises us to submit to God, to resist the devil, and he will have to flee from us.
– James 4:7