What can we do to make sure we have victory over sin? We can 1) join a convent, 2) surround ourselves with only Christians, and 3) live in solitude, like a monk getting rid of the internet, TV, videos, etc. I think for some these maybe your best options. However, God wants us to be in this messy world. Jesus praying to the Father asked, “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15) Jesus wants us to be lights in a dark world. Our enemy isn’t world around us but Satan. This is why we need to live by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s review 3 reasons why grace does not lead to sin.
- Consider yourself dead to sin. Daily we can rejoice at the fact that sin is no longer our master. If we are dead to sin we don’t have to listen to that voice. We are no longer slaves to sin.
- Consider yourself alive to God in Christ Jesus. Here is where we can be thankful for the fact we are now slaves to doing right. We just need to act accordingly, submitting our wills and our minds to God in Christ Jesus.
- Live by the power of the Holy Spirit. By receiving God’s free gift of grace, He has empowered us to live like Jesus by giving us the Holy Spirit. We are to embody the fruits of the spirit including love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
By God’s power we don’t have live in fear of losing our salvation. We live by grace and have God’s power over sin. What areas in your life try to master you? Are you continually tempted to lie? Are you struggling with greed? How about pride? Is lusting after the opposite sex an issue? Do you love to gossip? Remember we are dead to sin, alive to God in Christ Jesus, and we live by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Spiritual growth is not a quick process; it takes years to mature in Christ. For most of us it is a painfully long process. My personal growth has been slow and steady but not without setbacks, sometimes daily setbacks. But as I look back over the years I am amazed what God has done in my life with me doing my part and the Holy Spirit driving me forward, muting my sin nature. The biggest change in my life has been I am less selfish. I used to live life entirely for myself. “I” was my favorite word. However, today I think about how I can help others, especially, how I can help people grow spiritually. This web site is dedicated for helping people around the world. I regularly teach classes at churches and try to mentor young leaders on a regular basis. For me this was a huge change in thinking and is only possible by my cooperation with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Teaching eternal security is not evil or unbiblical as some churches claim. I believe it is what the Bible teaches. I believe on this issue the pamphlet published by the Catholic Church was wrong. Saved by grace alone was not the cause of the man’s suicide as they alleged (see part 1). The act of suicide is a sin, as it violates the commandment you shall not murder. It goes against God’s plan for our life. But as with any sin it is forgivable. If the man was a true believer, today he is in heaven. Only rejecting Jesus Christ is unforgivable.
Thus I have answered why a believer, having the assurance of heaven, won’t sin all he or she wants. It is because we are now slaves to God and don’t need the threat of losing our salvation to keep us from sinning. We don’t have to live in fear.
Grace is something we cannot earn or lose. Grace is all of God and none of us. It is a free gift. Paul says it best in Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Grace is God’s gift to us and nowhere in the Bible does it say we have to help this grace or we can lose this grace. God’s free gift of grace is the key to having victory over the power of sin.
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