On the other side of sin is a miraculous place where Godâ€™s presence comes alive. You know itâ€™s God since nothing matches His divine holiness. Itâ€™s a unique and extraordinary phase of consciousness. This peaceful, loving and exhilarating connectedness is the essence of God.
And His Spirit inspires you to draw closer to Him.
One of the brightest signs of living past sin is experiencing Godâ€™s incredible compassion. Godâ€™s love is exceptional, and His forgiveness is unbelievable. The Lord is remarkable in the way He shows mercy. Even when we fall short and stay faithful, He embraces us with His awesomeÂ grace. We are blessed to have a faithful Creator.
To live free from the bondage of sin takes a firm spiritual foundation. This truth is unavoidable. The Bible gives testimony to the freedom from its paralyzing grip and the spiritual death of an unsaved soul.
Without Christ, noÂ one can overcome the evil effects sin causes to the human spirit (John 12:46). Â
God makes Himself visible to everyÂ human (Romans 1:18-21). Our Father loves His children and wants each of us to hear His call (Titus 2:11). Godâ€™s original calling is but a beginning. Understanding His truth takes a lifetime of commitment, selfless service and an unwavering trust in His sovereignty.
Salvation teaches us faith needs nurturing (1 Peter 2:2), andÂ aÂ faith filled with Christâ€™s nutrients bears eternal fruits. Christ is the gateway to receiving our inheritance promised by God (1 Peter 1: 3-5). Once a person relies on Christ, then Godâ€™s Spirit becomesÂ the permanent anchor for a life without the need to sin.
Itâ€™s not easy living in the flesh. The world is full of temptations. Godâ€™s enemy uses the lusts of the world as a way to trap his prey. The devilâ€™s web of deception lures the unsuspecting soul into the emptiness of false promises (Genesis 3:2-5). Then when a person takes his bait, the reality to its fruitlessness shows up in disappointing results. This leads to eternal damnation and causes significant conflict with God. Â
The narrow way (Matthew 7:13-14) is where we find Christ and discover spiritual courage. On our own, we canâ€™t live away from sin and become righteous in front of God. Righteousness is the measuring stick of a secure life where living holy takes preference over personal interests.
Itâ€™s through Christâ€™s strength we can deny ourselves, live apart from sin and stay in Godâ€™s favor.
Sometimes I struggle to live on the straight and narrow. I give in to temptations and suffer the spiritual consequences. For example, when I gossip and judge someone my conscience lets me know Iâ€™m in the wrong. Salvation makes sin uncomfortable and until I repent my soul continues to suffer. Pride, lust, bitterness brings the same results.
The good news is when I sin and confess it to Christ, then God shows me the way to right the wrong. And the neat thing Christ brings to my life is holiness.Â Iâ€™m grateful for the way Christ corrects my disobedience and brings me in alignment with Godâ€™s commandments.
One of the greatest revelations of Godâ€™s truth is the hope Christ secures to faithful believers. Christ committed no sin (1 Peter 2:21-22), and Godâ€™s saving grace sanctifies our sinfulness. Here our belief goes beyond understanding and into an eternal confidence. Christâ€™s sacrifice made this possible.
Our spiritual awakening to a life away from sin is marvelous. We have touched on a few attributes Christ brings to our lives. A life centered in God brings a lifetime of enjoyment. Each of us gives testimonies to Godâ€™s forgiveness and Christâ€™s cleansing of our souls. Salvation transforms us from sinfulness into holiness and we are living examples to His kingdom. May we never forget Godâ€™s gift of salvation.
I love writing about how God saved me and the way Christ has changed my life. It brings me joy sharing my sins and the way living God's truth frees me from the bondage of temptation. But I enjoy learning from others Christian's walk in Christ.
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