You Are Not Alone

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5: 24). Can you accept these words of Yeshua? Do you trust Him? Is this your destiny? Do you see any requirement in this truth, but hearing and believing? Have you said to Almighty God, “I believe.” Is eternal life yours so that you have crossed over from death to life? Has Yeshua called and you responded to His voice, so that His name is upon you and you belong to Him.

Yeshua prayed for you saying, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one I in them and you in meso that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” (John 17: 20-26).

Is Yeshua in you? Will you see His glory when you meet Him in Heaven? Do you know that you will not be judged? Sin has no hold over God’s children. “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life… We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.” (1 John 5: 13, 18). You might say, “Yes, but there is conflict still.” Paul described it as war. “So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” (Romans 7: 21-25).

We must wholly trust in God’s saving power and leading of the Holy Spirit. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8: 1-4). “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20). When you fall, confess it and get back up; the Holy Spirit is working still and the fountain of His mercy flows continually over you.

A Future Without Condemnation

“For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.  Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.” I John 3:20-21.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1.

Faith in God assures a person’s salvation and not our own heart which can deceive us.  As we move through life after becoming a Believer we have moments of failure and sin as we permit our fallen nature to overcome us temporarily.  When this happens we are to confess our sins and God is faithful to forgive us (I John 1:9).  Over time we realize how unworthy of being saved we are and can feel deserved condemnation in our hearts.  However, salvation is a sovereign act of God, thru grace, we could never deserve it.  God is greater than our hearts in the matter of judgement and He accepts Christ’s blood to redeem all our sins – past, present, and future.  Our role is to die to self and let Christ live through us (Galatians 2:20).  The more we live in that light the less our heart will condemn us and the more joyous christian life we will lead.  In the meantime, God pronounces a more authoritative verdict on our salvation than our heart (our conscience), which is fallible and often errs.

A friend of mine recently tweeted – “The Bible is about what God has done for you (His pardon) and not about your performance [for those who believe in God].”  How true.  While our sins will certainly send us to Hell if we die without believing in God and the Bible makes us aware of our sins, the Bible’s primary message is one of hope and grace if we will only submit our lives to God.

There is no future condemnation for Believers who walk according to the Spirit.  These Spirit-filled Believers, who through belief in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross cannot walk consistently in the flesh due to the Spirit’s prodding, will be brought through to the end, their salvation sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise who is the guarantee of our inheritance. (Ephesians 1:13-14).

The Death of a Christian

“Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.” Romans 6:6-7.

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.

The key to living a successful christian life is found in the fundamental principle of recognizing that at our conversion our old self was literally crucified with Christ on the cross. The result of this death is that we are no longer slaves to sin and have been freed from it. In other words, sin no longer controls us and when we choose to sin after conversion it is a conscious choice and not because we could not help ourselves. Certainly we all experience temptation, even after salvation, and when we choose to pursue sin we can even continue to build up strongholds that are difficult to break but, for a Christian, it does not have to be this way.

The reason so many Christians live such defeated lives is that we do not live in the Truth that we are dead to sin. Instead of treating ourselves as dead and letting Christ live through us we try to take back control of our life and fall into sin and defeat. Now that Christ lives in us we should discontinue living and simply die to self and find the promised freedom from sin. William MacDonald has said – “It is not a matter of striving, but of trusting.”

The Greek word for “old” in Romans 6:6 does not refer to something old in years but to something that is worn out and useless. Our useless old man has been crucified with Christ and no longer exists. Should we not live in that Truth? Would it not be wonderful if we, as Christians, could simply submit to Christ, get ourselves out of the way and trust Him to live out our life for us. Then we could fully experience the power of God through His Holy Spirit in our life as it would not be us living our life but Christ Himself. What a rest we would have from fruitless striving and what joy and victory our life would have. He has promised to live your life for you if you will let Him. Do you trust Him to do so? This Easter season are you willing to die to self, give up control and rest in Christ?