After all, I’m not perfect and everyday I tell myself: “Don’t be legalistic in your thinking and give yourself grace: after all, you aren’t perfect. Only Jesus was.” But this week, I had to ask myself:
Is that an excuse for me to continue sinning?
Is it an excuse to commit any sin listed in the Bible: just blame it on the fact that I was born that way (ie, a sinner) and not trust in the fact that I I became a new person (with a new heart) when I submitted my life and placed my faith in Jesus Christ?
You see, I was reading The Essential Works of Andrew Murray and came upon his chapter on “The Everlasting Covenant Of The Spirit. In this chapter he discusses how a believer in Christ is given a new heart – and enters into the New Covenant and is based on Jeremiah 32:38, 40 and Ezekiel 36:26-27; 37:26
“My brethren, the great sin of Israel under the Old Covenant, by which they greatly grieved Him was this: They “limited the Holy One of Israel” (Ps. 78:41)….
And if we ask for the cause of the unbelief that prevents the fulfillment of the promise, we shall find that it is not far to seek. It is, in most cases, the lack of desire for the promised blessing. In all who came to Jesus on earth, the intensity of their desire for healing they needed to make them ready and glad to believe in His word. Where the law has done its full work, where the actual desire to be freed from every sin is strong and masers the heart, the promise of the New Covenant, when it is really understood, comes like bread to a starving man.
The subtle unbelief that thinks it is impossible to be kept from sinning cuts away the power of accepting the provision of the everlasting Covenant. God’s Word, “I will put my fear in their hearts so they will not depart from me and “I will put My Spirit within you..and you will keep My judgements,” is understood in some weak sense, according to our experience and not according to what the Word and what God means. And the soul settles down into despair or self-contentment that says it can never be otherwise and makes true conviction for sin impossible.”
Can it be that simple to walk away from sin?
I know I am sinful and have fallen short of the glory of God. I’ve had people remind me of that daily, to free me of guilt. But I have also had many people remind me how horribly awful I am and even to the point where some have said “Oh, you’ll never change.”
So, to this soul, who is so tired of living a life without joy, because of the bonds and chains of sin.
AND I believe in God’s promise that when I placed my faith in Jesus Christ, He gave me a new heart and called me His. In doing so, I am able to partake in the help of the Holy Spirit to start living for him and stop living for me (ie – walking in sin)
So, I’m paying attention to my life and the Words of My Father!
I will be evaluating my days and sitting with Him, letting Him show me the next thing He wants to work on and correcting them – one step at a time. After all, I’m made in His image and I want to reflect His Son and give Him all the glory my life can possibly give Him – and more.Please note, this post contains affiliate links. See disclosure for full information