Monday, December 30, 2013

Changing our Nature

Romans 5:17 (NKJV)  For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

Jesus gave us the gift of righteousness so we could be free from the penalties of sin and reign in life. Before Jesus, sin was an open door for the enemy to inflict us with pain and sickness.

When Jesus paid the penalty of sin, the enemy lost his legal grounds to torment us. The only avenue the enemy has now, is to convince us to accept a lie. He will try to delude us into believing we deserve pain and torment because of sin. He will tell us that God will not bless us because of it.

The Bible says in Isaiah 54:17, "No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn." This says when the enemy hits us with judgement---we condemn him for it. We put it before God. The verse goes on to say, "This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the LORD." Judgement has no more power over us because our righteousness is from God.

The devil wants us to believe God is judging us. Jesus said in John 16:8-11, "And when He [the Holy Spirit] has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged." Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to convict us of righteousness---because we believe in Him, and to judge the devil.

If you feel convicted of sin---it is from the devil. He uses it to separate you from the grace of God. The power to overcome sin is in grace---not condemnation. As you receive grace, you lose unhealthy desires.

You have to believe you are righteous to become righteous. When you believe you are righteous, you open the door for God to release Himself through you. God fixes sin problems in our lives by changing our nature.

This New Year, forget the resolutions---remember Jesus loves you exactly as you are. He desires to set you free from struggling. God will make the changes you want. He wants you to enjoy life to its fullest. Rest in this truth and enjoy the year ahead in freedom from condemnation. Get ready for an amazing new year!

Be blessed.

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