Hebrews 12:4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
The following are some thoughts on how to apply walking by faith,
pertaining the struggle against sin.
If you haven’t already, read Walk By Faith – ‘Faith’ like a Tree first.
When I first became a believer, I felt so fresh and new. I mistakenly assumed that now I had the Holy Spirit, I was somehow immune to sin. My heart was new. I no longer wanted to sin. My expectation was dashed when I realized I still had the ability to sin. This does not make me unsaved, see Walk by Faith – Path of Salvation.
Jesus, walked on the earth, fully God, but also fully human. We know God cannot be tempted because He cannot sin. (James 1:13) Jesus the man was tempted or tested in the wilderness and did not sin. (1 Peter 2:22) This explains why even though we have the deposit of God’s Holy Spirit giving us the power over sin and death, as humans we are still tempted to sin. Facing temptation in and of itself, is not sin. Giving into it is.
Sin – A war we could never win by ourselves. A war that’s already won by Christ. Yet there remains a daily, sometimes moment by moment battle.
God warns us to be watchful of sin. (Genesis 4:1-7, James 1:22, Romans 6:12) Sin is harmful (James 1:15). Sin separates humanity from God (Isaiah 59:2). Jesus told his disciples to watch and pray that they may not fall into temptation. (Matthew 26:41, Mark 14:38, Luke 22:40-46) Those same disciples were born again into Christ and His victory over sin and death. (Acts 2:1-4) We too are born again into the assurance of this victory in Christ. God not only saves us from sin and its consequence, death, but also wants to protect our heart from temptation.
We have all the support and strength we need in Christ (Romans 8:34, Psalm 28:7). All our sins, past present and future are forgiven in Christ (Psalm 103:12, Jeremiah 31:34, 1 John 1:9, ). We’re changed, changing and will be completely changed by the Lord who shapes us to one day be like Him. (1 John 3:2)
Todays verse is a sharp encouragement to endure temptation, no matter how difficult. It comes directly following the chapter about faith in action. The great cloud of witnesses, who by their faith, encourage us to continue to remain faithful to our Lord. Our goal is upward, already won, yet we must fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
We, as believers, have new life in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17) We must always remember that the ‘old man’ inside of us is dead. We died when we were baptized into Christ’s death, and raised to new life. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. (Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:12-13, Galatians 2:20, Galatians 3:27, 2 Timothy 2:11) We not only have this truth living inside our hearts, but also Truth (Jesus) Himself. (John 14:6)
If the good Lord is convicting you of sin — repent, confess to God the Father through Jesus the Son, in the power of God’s Holy Spirit. 1 John 1:0 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Oh, I love that promise! He knows our every thought, and every word before it’s on our lips (Pslam 139:4). Let us profess in humility and grant God the sovereignty He deserves over His beloved.
2 Timothy 2:21 states that those who cleanse themselves from sin [by way of confessing to God and He cleanses us, providing determination and strength], will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do every good work.
That begs the question. How sincerely do we desire to serve our King?
Our Lord and King, who knows and tests our hearts, encourage us to know who we are in Christ. Let us hold unswervingly to this faith we profess. Instill in us an undivided mind to love and serve You above all else. ~Amen.