But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption-1 Corinthian 1:30(KJV)
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.-Galatians 2:21
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith-Philippians 3:9
For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:14, KJV)
May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through (1 Th 5:23a)
Here is what I have learned lately, or trying to anyway. “Holiness” was given when Christ died, we have to accept it mostly, not act it out. What I mean is Christians spend their whole lives trying to be “holy”. So to them, that means I have to go to church, I have to be perfect in every way. But holiness and sanctification are not things you work for, they are things you already have in Christ. So you just accept them, breathe a sigh of relief, and God does the work himself.
The reason I am frustrated with other Christians now, and with my past, is because we all try to “work” ourselves into a frenzy for God, with a work that is already completed. Jude 1:24 says that God presents you blameless before Him.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.-Eph 1:4
This is the true Gospel I keep trying to teach on here in recent months. Things like righteousness, holiness, sanctification, are all gifts from the spirit. They are there already, don’t strive for them, and act “religious”.
I am learning this more and more about the acceptance of God for us who believe in Him. We are considered Saints. We are accepted, period and just need to stop dead in our tracks, and see the truth, that laboring in vain is worthless.
Believers are given the Holy Spirit and that is your everything basically to help you in all ways. To rest is the biggest thing we can do.
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.-Hebrews 4:10-11
Rest is something I get told often a lot to do by God.
Since no flesh can redeem itself in God’s sight, Christ’s death redeemed it for us in ways we can’t even imagine.
For me every day is trying to understand what a real believers life should look like. It is not one that is dressed up and sweats, and works itself to death. It is one where you just be yourself, and let God love you. The more you accept this, the better you are.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of two things-being Baptized in the Spirit by fire, and being able speak in tongues. These two things makes your connection to God a thousand times easier, makes prayer more effortless, and insights come within seconds sometimes, to a few hours instead of weeks of waiting. The tongue speak is a gift, just because people are scared of it doesn’t mean they are right in their fears.
With this benefit, I feel a strange longing, weird connection to God. WIth the second Baptism, I feel like God is right there, whereas before, it felt like He was far away.
When I don’t know how to pray, which is what that means in the Bible when it says that, I just pray in tongues. I do this all the time when praying for others.
Recently with the world going completely mad, and the Taliban taking over and ruining lives, I was given a burden for some reason. How did I handle it? I just prayed in tongues. Sometimes extra insight is given on an action step to take like binding someone, or something and taking authority, and that is mostly it.
The world gets crazier every day. The pain will never stop. There are too many people hurting, dying, too much news. I just shake my head, and start praying in tongues every time. This is a massive benefit that takes ten to thirty seconds most of the time.
You don’t need to know what is being said, I am at peace with that, because it is a relief not to know. I will just mess things up anyway. And lastly, here is a verse that is tucked away in the Letter of Philemon that is very enlightening:
Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints, that the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.-Philemon 1:5-6
Every good thing is an understatement. We have everything we need in us already to live out our lives, no striving needed.
Update, look up 1 Corinthians 6:11, which says we are sanctified.
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