Having Become Acceptable to God

Is holiness something we are in Christ or something we need to become? Though a foundation of holiness has been laid in us by virtue of the fact that we now are God’s possession, Scripture makes it clear that something is still missing. Time and again we are exhorted to live a holy life. And that means that the sins of the flesh must be forsaken.

There’s no question that living a holy life is expected. And if expected, it must be attainable (not the impossibility of being sin-free, but definitely that of being self-controlled). It’s the whole point of living a godly life. Attempting to please God by walking out our faith in a manner worthy of Him is not easy. It’s takes effort. But we need to remember that God has accepted us. Pleasing God is a whole lot different from trying to become acceptable to Him.

From Free from the Power of Sin: the Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself

The Plague of Nagging Sin

God knows our limitations and has dealt with the nagging sin that plagues our selfish nature. But He will not tolerate slavery to sin. We’ve been freed from sin and enslaved to God Himself. The fruit of this relationship is holiness. God only asks that we commit ourselves to be led by His Spirit. He has promised that we no longer need to suffer under a spirit of slavery. Quite the opposite, we have received a spirit of adoption as sons and now are fellow heirs with Christ.

Our natural course of behavior once we’re saved is to move forward in our relationship with Christ instead of against Him. This penchant to pursue Him is a spiritual law—“the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus,” by which we have been “set free from the law of sin and death.” This is what it means to be “in Christ.”

Your Highest Priority

My child, My kingdom is not of this world. You are not of this world. But you are sent into the world to testify that I am the One and only God and Jesus is My Son, who I sent to rescue them from the domain of darkness. This is eternal life. That they may know Me, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom I have sent. My desire is that those who believe in Me will be one. Unity. I in you, you in Me. this is the intimacy I seek. For you to know Me and My Son. Make this your highest priority. Make this your life’s purpose. Seek first the kingdom of God and HIs righteousness an all the other things shall be added to you. 

We’ll Always have Shortcomings

What does my sin say about my faith? It can be pretty ugly! But let’s be realistic; no matter how good we ultimately become we’ll always have shortcomings. Still, we must not be naïve about the influence sin has on our life—that is, how it affects both faith and obedience. Sin weakens our ability to make right choices. It hardens us. Like a snowball—growing in size and gaining momentum—sin and unbelief feed on each other, sometimes even leading to total alienation from God.

To prevent this from happening, we must guard our heart—even from sins that may seem insignificant. At the very least, disobedience stalls our growth. At worst, it hardens our heart to the point where we simply cease to believe. Sure, we’ll never be perfect in this life. But walking in Christ’s provision is what’s really important. God loves watching us work out our faith this way.

From Free from the Power of Sin: the Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself

A Great Shaking

My child, a great shaking is about to happen, but do not fear. You will not be shaken. You have put your faith in Me your Rock, and your foundation is solid. Do not fret, your heart will be at peace as the world is rocked by My great power. Pray for those who have been blinded and deceived by the evil one. Pray for the eyes of their hearts to be open to Me and not hardened. I am bringing about My purposes and plans. Keep your eyes fixed on Me, the Author and Finisher of your faith. 

What’s My Purpose, Anyway?

God has created each of us with purpose—a personal calling. We all share this inward tug. So moving forward without any real sense of direction in life can’t help but be frustrating. “What am I doing for God? I just don’t know what my purpose is.” Take heart! It’s not an uncommon problem. Christians often find themselves stuck in the disappointing position of not understanding God’s intent for their life. I often sense it myself.

At times even those who have been used by God in some powerful way share this frustration. We apparently can’t just sit back and rest on our laurels. Why God doesn’t just paint us a clear picture, I can’t say. It must have something to do with that old faith thing. But though it’s clearly not easy, finding God’s purpose for our life actually isn’t out of reach. Intimacy with God holds the key.

Preparing the Soil of Our Heart

Jesus expects us to grow spiritually. Our job is to prepare the soil of our heart to receive that growth. But it doesn’t happen overnight. It comes from pressing forward—trying to live in a manner pleasing to Him. It’s all about “presenting our bodies as a holy and living sacrifice, acceptable to God.” Making godly choices sets us on that road. Early in the process there are lots of opportunities to slip back under the spell of the old self. That’s why we must always be vigilant.

Over time, as we experience degrees of transformation, the likelihood of backsliding keeps diminishing. Be encouraged! Somewhere along the line it’s virtually impossible to get mired once again in the pit of that old self. Why? Because our character has been forever altered—who we are has changed. Once our character is transformed, we truly are no longer our former selves.

Move With Me

My child, I will accomplish what I have purposed on this earth. My plans are established and I am bringing about the revival necessary to bring this plan to fruition. Everything I spoke in My Word will come to pass. My Kingdom will come and My will will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Move with Me My child. Get in step with Me. Embrace this move of My Spirit that is coming. It will be like no other time in history. You will have nothing to compare it to. Be My vessel. I want to use you in this great and mighty move of My Spirit. Do not question Me.

Pursuit of God from Obligation?

Intimacy with God needs to start somewhere—we know that! So our pursuit of God is often rooted in a sense of obligation. And that’s an okay beginning. Yet there’s something wrong if seeking Him doesn’t become a pursuit of the heart rather than merely a sense of duty. God has given us the key to intimacy: it’s His Son, Jesus! Through Him we’ve been given both the honor and the privilege of sharing His glory. What an awesome gift!

Jesus has provided the means for our relationship to bear much fruit. And the good news is that we don’t have to worry about trying to force the issue. All we need to do is cooperate and abide in Christ. He has taken our humanity into account and is in this thing with us for the long-haul. Rest assured, He will accomplish in and through us what He has purposed.