Friday, September 06, 2019

How to Stop Sinning and Start Living a Holy Life Pleasing to God

God has called Christians to live a holy life that glorifies Him. "Be ye holy; for I am holy" (1 Peter 1:16). You are a spirit, you have a soul and you live in a body. As a Christian, your spirit is perfect and holy, born of God. However, your soul (mind, will and emotions) is not perfect and holy because it has not been made new like your spirit. Your soul is still motivated by sinful desires, strongholds of the mind.
Your soul must be renewed and made holy by a special process called sanctification. Sanctification means being made holy. That is to be your goal, to sanctify your soul, making it conform to God's highest standard of conduct, holiness.
With God's help, you will use four powerful weapons to tear down the sin producing strongholds of the mind: God's Word, praying in tongues, worship and sowing and reaping. We'll start with God's Word.
God's Word
The Word of God is like a giant divine wrecking ball that can destroy any destructive stronghold of the mind. "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrew 4:12).
To release the power in God's Word to attack and defeat the unholy strongholds in your mind, the Word must become rhema. I will explain. Rhema is a Greek word which means "the spoken Word of God" and is filled with faith and power that produces results. Example: Jesus spoke one rhema word to Peter, "Come." And just on that one faith filled word, Peter walked on the water. Logos is a Greek word that means "the written Word of God." It has power, but not the instant dynamic power of the rhema Word.
The logos will become a rhema word when you spend enough time meditating it. Meditation of the Word of God is simply taking a scripture and thinking on it, muttering it, speaking it, declaring it, visualizing it until it becomes real in your heart. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Revelation and He is the one who will breath life on the logos and cause it to become the rhema.
So, this is what you do. I have seven scripture based declarations below that you will daily think on, mutter, speak, declare and visualize (seeing yourself living a holy life, victorious over sin). I suggest spending at least a half hour a day doing this. The more time you give to this, the quicker the results.
Scripture Based Declarations
1. I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you (Psalm119:11).
2. My old sinful man was crucified with Christ so I am no longer controlled and dominated by the sin nature (Romans 6:6).
3. It is impossible for me to sin because my old sinful man died on the cross with Christ and he that is dead is free from sin (Romans 6:7).
4. I reckon myself dead to all sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ my Lord. Praise God, I am dead to sin but alive onto God (Romans 6:11)!
5. Because I am dead to sin, sin no longer has dominion over me (Romans 6:11,14).
6. I am a new creature in Christ and old things are passed away and all things have become new, therefore I no longer sin, but walk in holiness (2 Corinthians 5:17).
7. I am born of incorruptible seed by the word of God, therefore I am holy and I cannot sin (1 Peter 1:23).
Worshipping God Daily in Spirit and Truth
Worshipping God daily in spirit and truth will bring about a manifestation of God's presence in your life that will help produce in you the sanctified life and will draw you closer to Him. He is seeking those that will worship Him on a daily basis. "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him" (John 4:23). The more time you spend doing this, the better.
Set aside a time each day and begin thanking the Lord Jesus Christ for what He has done for you through His death and resurrection. Thank Him for your salvation. Thank Him for redeeming you from sin, sickness, disease, poverty and the second death which is the lake of fire. Thank Him that you are blessed with faithful Abraham because you have put your faith in Christ and the Gospel. Then begin praising Him for who He is. Praise Him for His glory, power, love, wisdom, knowledge, peace, joy, honor, riches, blessing and holiness.
Finally, begin to worship Him, telling Him how much you love Him. Telling Him how awesome and glorious He is. Tell Him you magnify Him. You glorify Him. Be in awe of His holiness. If you have never worshipped God like this before, start out with just a few minutes of thanksgiving and praise. Then spend fifteen minutes worshipping Him. Eventually you will want to stretch your worship time to a half hour or more. What happens in this sanctifying process? God begins to manifest His presence and you are changed on the inside which will eventually manifest outwardly from you. "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you" ( James 4:8a).
Sowing and Reaping
There is great power in a financial seed sown in faith. Your tithe (10% of your income) takes care of the operating expenses of your local church. God honors your tithe seed planted and gives you a harvest of fulfilling the operating expenses of your home. Your offering is anything above your tithe. This is what you do to get a harvest of freedom from sin. Name your offering seed "freedom from sin and holy living." Sow that financial seed into good soil and expect to receive your harvest.
Good soil is a ministry that is winning souls for God and it is prospering financially because it believes and operates in God's dynamic financial system of sowing and reaping. Your own local church might be good soil if they are winning souls to Christ and believe and operate in God's superior financial system of sowing and reaping. Your offering does not take the place of your tithe, so make sure you sow both your tithes and offerings or you will be robbing God according to Malachi 3:8.
There are a number of ministries I will recommend for you to sow your offering seed: Ever Increasing Word Ministries, Jesse Duplantis Ministries, Bill Winston Ministries and Kenneth Copeland Ministries. These are all good soils for your seed sown and will produce harvests if you sow in faith consistently. "Consistently" means you are a consistent sower of your tithes and offerings. It is not a "one shot" thing.
Well, there you have it. Daily meditate God's Word, daily pray in tongues, daily worship the Lord Jesus Christ and consistently name your seed sown in good soil to reap a harvest of holy living. Do this faithfully and your bondage to sin should be over and your life of holiness should become a reality, well pleasing to God.
One thing I did not mention. The fire of God. One hundred and twenty disciples of Jesus were in the upper room when the fire of God fell. What did the fire of God do? The fire of God burned out the carnal things in their life, things like fear, sin and unbelief. If you are serious about being used of God mightily

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