Even after we’ve accepted Jesus Christ, we’ll struggle with sin because we still live in the flesh. Only when we get our glorified bodies will all sin go away from us. However, when we keep our faith in Christ and what He did for us at the Cross, we give the Holy Spirit latitude to work without our lives and help us to not sin.
This doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll never sin again—because we will. Can you really stop every negative thought from entering your mind? No. But when you do sin, you can repent. (This doesn’t mean this gives us a free pass to sin as much as we want, thinking, “I’ll just ask for forgiveness later.”)
We’re still to try our best to live righteously, but even our best is as filthy rags before the Father (“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” – Isaiah 64:6), which is why we must have the blood of Jesus Christ to atone for our sins.
However, instead of getting caught up in rules and the laws of the Old Testament, we’re to live by the New Covenant, which is grace. When you constantly keep your eyes on the Cross, you’ll obey the commandments as a loving response to our Savior, and you’ll actually hold to an even higher standard, such as forgiving others who’ve wronged you and exhibiting the same mercy our Savior does.
We’re all a work in progress, and it might take time for the Holy Spirit to mold us into who He wants us to be. Jesus serves as our mediator, asking the father for grace and mercy when we fail. None of us can keep the law flawlessly. If we could, there would have been no need for Jesus to come. He is the only one who ever lived perfectly. It is only with the help of the Holy Spirit that we can truly live righteously and experience spiritual success.
4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:4-18 KJV
FEBRUARY 01, 2021 MONDAY
It’s easy to become discouraged in the Christian life because of our struggle with sin. Even though we want to walk obediently before the Lord, we often find ourselves thinking sinful thoughts, adopting worldly attitudes, speaking rashly, and acting in ways that are anything but Christlike.
Whenever you feel defeated, remember this: As believers, we have all the power needed to live as God desires, because He has given us His Holy Spirit (John 14:17). So, although you may never achieve success as the world measures it, God’s Spirit is always working towards your spiritual success by …
Illuminating your mind to know the truth. Then you can grow in the knowledge of God and His Word (1 Corinthians 2:12).
Transforming your character. He produces His spiritual fruit within you, making you more like Christ (Gal. 5:22-23).
Aligning your desires with God’s will. He works to help you yearn for the things God wants (Phil. 2:12-13).
Strengthening you. He enables you both to endure hardship and to serve God (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).
Human strength and willpower fall short, but the Lord promises to complete the good work He began in us. And He will not fail.Daily Devotions