Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Not What We Can Do

"And you, who once were alienated and the enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless and above reproach in His sight."
Colossians 1:21-22


We were enemies of Christ in our minds because of our wicked works.  Because of our wicked works we were put far away from God, not being able to come near Him.  But through the death of Christ Jesus we can come boldly before the throne of grace; we are now at peace with God where once we were at war.  But how can a Christian with a spirit that has been made alive in Christ now combat the dead flesh still clinging to Him? We struggle everyday; a battle: the old nature versus the new.  
The key is in Romans 12 and Ephesians 6.  Just as we are enemies in our minds, so Paul calls us in Romans 12 to renew our minds, to transform them through the power of the Word.  Ephesians 6 tells us to be strong in the power of the Lord's might.  Not by strength or power, but by the Spirit of the Lord.  We are not to do things in our strength; in our spirit, but we are to acknowledge that we are weak and that He is strong and only through Him can we overcome.  
Of course there are times we fail.  But Proverbs tells us that the righteous man falls seven times, but yet he gets back up!  Continually, though he falls, he gets up, and turns away from his sin!  And that is the most wonderful thing about these verses from Colossians.   Even though we are weak and frail, even though we fall, the Father still sees us as blameless.  But not because of anything we can do, but because Jesus Christ did it through the power of His death upon the cross!  All we need to do is repent and go back to Him and away from our wicked minds.
Amen!

What can wash away my sin?
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

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