Posted by: prosperingchristians | February 12, 2011

Being Free of the Bondage to Sin

Walking in holiness will bring us closer to God. Living a life of holiness will prevent us from sinning and will enable us to become more fruitful for the kingdom. Then the Lord can use us to draw more and more people unto him. Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” When people see the holiness, however, some are convicted by the Holy Spirit and choose to rebel because they do not want to repent.

When witnessing, it helps for others to see the holiness, the new man, in us because this will enable them to accept Christ into their hearts. They cannot resist power of the Holy Spirit which gives us credibility as servants of God. Who else would have a Holy Spirit other than a servant of God. They see the beauty of it and they experience God’s touch in the process. How can anyone turn away from it?

Yet some people do because of insufficient or inadequate prayers from those who are saved. It is not time yet. But, once the Lord has worked on the person’s heart, they have no choice but to follow the Lord. Everything is done in the Lord’s timing. He chooses the person who will draw men unto him and until the unsaved soul meets the right person, that unsaved soul is not going to be saved. As long as prayers are being said, the person will be saved according to God’s timing. So do not fret about your loved ones if you are praying for their salvation. In due time, they will be saved.

When Christians do not honor God with their bodies, it causes problems in our relationship with the Lord and it also causes harm to us. This manifests itself in the sickness and diseases that we suffer when we do not have self-control. Many Christians have inherited bad habits and medical conditions from relatives, for example, a predisposition to diabetes or aneurysms.

When we do not have self-control, the body breaks down and it limits our ability to be used by the Lord. Proverbs 25:28 says, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.” It leaves us open to the enemy. Satan gains more and more control over us. Consequently, when we enter into a relationship with Jesus, we can experience healing in this area and Jesus can strengthen us so that we can resist the temptation of engaging in the behavior which is damaging to our bodies and our souls.

But, this is an act of free will. The Lord will not take control over it unless we ask. We may have turned other areas of our lives over to the Lord when we were saved. Many of us may have several other areas which need the Lord’s strength in order to avoid entering into temptation to sin and doing damage to the temple of God.

We also must exercise wisdom in knowing learning how the sin affects our bodies and the alternatives that we have to reduce our chances of doing more harm to our bodies. It requires a change in lifestyle which we may not want to do. But, if we really trust the Lord, we will give this area of our lives over to him and allow him to mold us into the person He wants us to be.

In conclusion, It is possible to be free of the bondage to these conditions, for “with God, all things are possible” and God “can do immeasurably more than what we can ask or imagine according to his great power that is within us.” Here are some verses to meditate on:

I Chronicles 16:29 – give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; bring an offering and come before him; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Romans 6:22 – But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

2 Corinthians 7:1 – Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Ephesians 4:24 – And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

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