I have often wondered why I am not altogether saved. I mean I believe in Jesus and the Holy Spirit lives in me but why am I still susceptible to sin? Have I not died in Christ and now alive in Him? If so, then why am I not so dead to tempations so that I must still flee these youthful lusts? Why didn’t He just take away every bad habit on the day of my salvation? For there are sins that He has ground to dust under my feet and victories He has so thoroughly won. But then there is still the occasional anger that becomes fuel for my pride. So why is this even this pride still around? This question annoys and annoys me. Sometimes it’s me. Sometimes I get weak from a lack of devotion to the Word, the prayers and the fellowship
Now there are many shades and details to this anxiety over sin and the prospect of sin. We should begin by saying the very fact that I’m in a fight means I have not been conquered, that I am free from sin. You may speak more to your pastor about this. Today we are concerned with the Wisdom of God in fighting our battles. Let us notice first that Christians are odd creatures. All Christians, to varying degrees, should be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. For there is no trauma greater than sin and every single day, we battle against ourselves and the world along with its powers and principalities. Yet in myself, surprisingly, right along side sorrow and weariness from this daily fight, I find joy and strength to keep going on. It is an odd combination. I am NOT quivering in the corner afraid to sleep
God our General
Before entering the promised land, God said a curious thing to Israel. In
For the same reason as He gave to Israel. Read the Deuteronomy 7:22 again. As an analogy, think of your sin and strongholds as the nations of the land. Much as I would love to be free of these immediately, what about the wild beasts? What about the chaos my life would become when these structures that “held me up” are pulled away? Would my life not collapse into such disarray that I might become again prone to seeking other gods to worship? There are many examples of this. When someone is in a car accident, it is not always good to pull them out. Sometimes the twisted metal is the only thing holding their body together.
Ah, so am I saying that you shouldn’t fight to be free from your sins? After all, those are the things keeping your life together? NO! And a resounding NO! That would be to make the same mistake again. My problem, our problem, is that we would love to fight sin according to our own wisdom. I am showing you a glimpse into the depth of His Wisdom which I have not even begun to see. I am showing you that in this fight against sin, you must go at God’s pace. He is the General and He decides how fast you must fight and what victories will be sure. If you refuse to enter and fight at His Word, then you will wander in desert and die like Israel
Sufficent for Grace
We have said elsewhere that grace is only for the humble, for the weak and for the naked. The proud have no need of grace since they are too busy dying. Now God explains how this works in
For this reason the Christian church must not be so eager to grow that they forget to require humilty and faith. We must not conquer the world with politics or by other forms of our own wisdom. By these means we become too strong for grace. Yes, the world is perishing and we must save those who will be saved. But we must help to save and not destroy them. Why cast one demon when we lack the power to keep the rest of them out? Let us wait on the Lord. Let us rebuke and exhort in His Holy Name and at His Command. Pray, preach and do the Word and wait for the Spirit. The one who is truly saved will never be lost. The one who is hurriedly saved, well, God have mercy. At worst, such people will wreck churches. Let us not end up like Saul who lost the kingdom because he could not wait and thereby offered the sacrifice of disobedience!?
There are things I am waiting for from the Lord. Things I wish He would have given me yesterday. Yet His Grace has been sufficient to provide me with other things. Yesterday, I was hungry on the bus and I praised God for the knowledge that my hunger was temporary because I had food at home. It has not always been this way and there are many who hunger and also suffer because there is no prospect of food. Yet isn’t it strange that great gifts become worthless when your heart longs for something else, something that seems more? Watch the news and see the millions who are dying from the diseases of the Egyptians, affluenza