Tuesday, September 24, 2019

How to Live a Guilt-Free Christian Life

"For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near." Heb. 10:1
As I think about the power of the blood of Jesus and how it provides perfect cleansing for us, I can't help but worship and praise Him with continual gratitude.
Make no mistake about it. Your own performance (no matter how good it might be) will never improve the fantastic status you already have in Christ.
"And what God wants is for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all time." Heb. 10:10 NLT
His blood makes you holy, righteous, perfectly cleansed. If you are struggling with guilt and condemnation even after you repented, you must hear the Gospel (the Good News) once again. Yes! You have to repent from your sins. Yes, you have to live a holy life. But based on the work of the cross and the sacrifice of Jesus. Remember: You are a NEW COVENANT believer. You are not under the Old Covenant. It is highly important you inform your mind and emotions about this...
"So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates in order to make his people holy by shedding his own blood." Heb. 13:12 NLT
Are you a sinner or a saint? Are you a sinner that struggles to love God or a lover of God who struggles with sin? Huge difference! Religion teaches the first. The Gospel teaches the second. The word holy comes from the Greek which means "to make holy, consecrate, sanctify". This is why Jesus died... to make you holy, acceptable, blameless and righteous. If you have been born again, this is your reality today.
This powerful truth is not based on your performance but on Christ's. It's not that you will be holy one day in the future (when you finally grow up and stop disappointing God), no, you are holy now, even in your weakness, because of what Jesus did on the cross. Please get this: We will never measure up to God's perfect standard. That's why we need JESUS.
Your spirit inside is as holy as it will ever be, it's your mind that needs renewing. And what about your body? Well, your body always follows your mind. You are a new creation now. You are holy, chosen and greatly beloved (Col. 3:12). The essence of living a victorious life over sin depends on understanding the nature of the new man. What or Who is the New Man? The new man is who you really are -- God's master piece; His new creation.
Closing Thought: The key to the Christian life is found in the renewing of your mind (Rom. 12:1-2). You have to look into the mirror of the word of God to discover who you really are (your true identity). Then, you have to believe it and start defining yourself according to what God says you are in Christ.

Much Blessings

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