If you abide in My word

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.  John 8:31-36

It is through Jesus alone that we have freedom.  It is the truth of God’s word that sets our minds free from the lies of the enemy.  It is the blood of Jesus that washes us clean and when we come to Christ and place our faith and trust in Him, it is the Holy Spirit who breaths new life and we become born again.

All of us are born into sin.  Before we come to Christ we are enslaved to the desires of the sinful nature.  Before we come to Christ we see nothing wrong with our sinful lifestyle.  But once we come to Christ and our eyes are open we see that our sinful lifestyle is simply rebellion against God and His kingdom.  To continue in sin on a habitual level is to fail to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

Does this mean that once we come to Christ that we will never sin, the answer is no.  We live in a daily struggle between the desires of the sinful nature and the leading of the Holy Spirit.  We are called to walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit and through this we will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

As we abide in Him the Holy Spirit will strengthen us and mature us.  Our growth in Christ is much like a child learning how to walk.  When a baby begins they have to first learn to roll to their belly, then get up in the crawl position, learn how to crawl, get in the stand position, learn how to take steps, learn to walk at a high level, and eventually learn how to run.

Along the way as the child is learning and developing there are many times when they fall down.  The same stands in our growth in Christ.  It is a maturation process in which we will fall many times.  But as we mature we stop falling as often until we get to a point in which the things that use to dominate our lives no longer dominate us.  As we mature we are able to be used by God on a greater level.

When we do sin the Lord is faithful and just to forgive us.  This doesn’t mean that we use the grace and mercy of God for a license to sin.  If we are truly born again the conviction of the Holy Spirit shall grip our hearts.  Let us draw near and continue to mature.  Let us seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.  His return is soon.


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