|The Most Important Element Of Success: Walking by Grace, Which Is through Faith|
Righteousness consists of God leading us and us following. The problem is that we have no capacity within ourselves to follow God. So God has a way to give us the free gift of righteousness.
God's method is "by grace through faith," and this is the process.
All of this happens very quickly each time it happens. Each time we obey, it lifts us higher. If we let our flesh try to help or contend with God in this process, then we frustrate the grace of God.
When God speaks, your fleshly nature, which is just as evil as Satan and bound to Satan, speaks. If we listen to Satan, evil seed is planted in the garden of our hearts. The ground in our hearts becomes stoney and God's good seed begins to have trouble taking root. We walk away from Jesus. We re-crucify Christ in our hearts.
A dandelion may grow up in your lawn and you see it just ready to go to seed. At the moment you see it, it is white, and you can't do a thing about the fact that it is there. It is there because of a seed planted in the past. That is like slipping into sin. Slipping happens so fast that you cannot stop it. However, when you step across and continue to speak to yourself or others in a way that does not discern the Body of Christ, then it is as if you grabbed this dandelion full of seeds and shook it to plant all the weed seeds in your lawn. This actually moves you from holiness to worldliness. You are a little less mature afterwards. Fortunately, if you confess your sin, God is faithful and just to forgive your sin.
Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Wisdom is the principal thing because it has within it righteousness, holiness, and redemption.
1 Corinthians 1:30 It is because of him (God) that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. NIV
1 Corinthians 1:30 says that you are in Christ Jesus. Whatever else it may mean to be in Christ Jesus, we know that we are in the Body of Christ, which is the real Church. Now, this Christ, both the Head and the Body, has become wisdom from God to us. That wisdom consists of righteousness, holiness, and redemption. Righteousness is the righteousness of God working through us as we yield ourselves to His righteousness. Righteousness can only be by God's Grace and through God's Faith. That is, faith gives us access into God's Grace (free gift) and Grace does the Works. Righteousness is the Gift of God and we are saved to His good works. Righteousness is in the moment as we flow in the Anointing that comes from God's throne. That is the same as the fruit of the Spirit. When we yield to the Spirit of God in this way, we die to self and live to God. His Holy Presence and the fact that we yield to Him changes us in our very nature. We become like Him. We become holy from glory to glory, from light to light, from faith to faith. This holiness is faithfulness and stability. It is change to what we are. As we walk into His holiness by His Spirit, we experience His redemption. The final enemy to be destroyed is death. The final step is the setting of mature sons of God into ruling authority; it is the redemption of our bodies. This is the manifestation of the sons of God or the apocalypse.
No one can do this on their own. In fact, Now, through the Church, God is doing this in every person who is willing. Taking part in these things will bring great unity in the Church--to the point that the Body of Christ will be so joined to the Head, Jesus, and so joined to each other that the Body and Head will move together as one totally complete and fulfilled man. The Church, as defined in Scripture, is God's pattern.
There are some basic weapons of warfare that God has put into the Church to win this battle:
You may still struggle against the sins of the past. There may be habits and habitual thoughts that trigger unexpectedly. So what can you do?
Igneous rocks are formed under heat. God will often apply heat to temper us and develop our faith. When we resist the Holy Spirit fire and contend with God (Romans 2:8), we become hardened in our hearts. This becomes a stone in our garden and it remains with the other stones that are there keeping God's gospel from taking root and bearing fruit.
Metamorphic rocks are formed by applying temperature or pressure to existing rocks. God will often apply heat to drive sin from us. Sometime, by the water of the Holy Spirit, God will wash out the rocks. When we contend with God (Romans 2:8), we become even more hardened. If we love sin instead of loving God, we cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus must be our Lord, and we cannot fool Him. He judges the heart and nothing defiled can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Each lie becomes hardened and lies build on lies just as stones lay on top of one another and seem to lock together. They form a stronghold. Your soul garden can become so stony that you only have enough clay to hold your stones together. No good plant can grow there. Only the toughest and most virulent weeds can grow.
Last updated: Oct, 2011
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