God’s promises are eternal and full of life and truth. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live…(Ezekiel 37:14 NIV). What could be more frustrating than being a Christian who thinks of themselves as a self–centered sinner, yet whose purpose is to produce a life of God-centered holiness? Could this be God’s intention? Have you ever wondered if God is looking at us as though we are holy but we are really not holy? We will explore the answer to these questions.
Can You Touch a Leper?
Before diving into God’s promises lets discuss certain truths that will reconcile any doubts you may have concerning His promises.
In the Old Testament, God was primarily revealing sin and the requirements of the Law needing to be fulfilled. In the New Testament, God is primarily revealing His love that covers our sins and the fulfilled Law, through Jesus. In the Old Testament, if you touched a leper you became unclean. In the New Testament, if you touch a leper, the leper becomes clean.
The doubts you may have in your own mind will pin you down every time. But, your doubts are not as strong as the blood of Jesus and God’s promises. The demons that continue to plague you with doubt have been vanquished to eternal hell. Even when the forces of demonic activity come down on you, let the power of God overwhelm you. It is now time to agree with God; it is a victory moment not a lie moment. Break ranks with the lies of the evil one and come into agreement with the blood of Christ. God, through His son, will deliver you. He promises and He never lies. He only upholds His truth, and the proof that He upholds His word was validated when He raised His son from the grave!
The blood of the Lamb has washed you. So let the word of your testimony come into agreement with the truth of God. Torment and shame are not a part of your inheritance. It is now time to drive all demonic oppression away with God’s everlasting truth. His truth was spoken from the foundations of time and lives today. There are no more accusations against you. Satan has only one tool: he lies. Everything that he delivers is a lie.
Healthy fear, such as seeing a car barreling at you and dodging out of its way because you fear being hit, is wise and normal. God gave us this emotion to protect us. This would be a good example of your emotions lining up with the truth of God.
But, when the enemy uses fear, it presents itself as a lie. Fear is nothing more than False Expectations Appearing Real. Fear from Satan is nothing more than a lie. A liar should not be believed, but the One who always tells the truth can be believed and trusted.
What Has God Promised?
Let’s look at what God has promised and what He has done for us through His only Son Jesus. Here is God’s phenomenal promise in Ezekiel 37:14.
I will put My Spirit within you and you will live…(NIV).
God has placed His Spirit in us who were dead and made us alive. We are saints who have been redeemed by the blood of the lamb. The word redeemed means to set free, rescue or ransom, to save from a state of sinfulness and all of its consequences.
Consequently, the death of Christ described in Second Corinthians 5:14-15 produces a whole new order and a new mode of spiritual perception. The new order created in Christ is the new covenant (see 2 Cor. 3:6).
Remember Paul’s statement in Second Corinthians 5:17 (NIV):
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here.
Something has become brand new. Something now exists that did not exist before. One can conclude from the wording in this passage that being a new creation in Christ is similar to Adam and Eve’s experience prior to their fall in the paradise of Eden. It is your spirit that is instantly changed at salvation. It is perfect (see Heb. 12:23). The real you, the born-again you, no longer sins. John carefully poses this truth to us in 1 John 3:9, “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God (NIV).
Everything that is true of Jesus is true of our born-again spirit (see 1 Cor. 6:17; Eph. 1:3, 15-23; Col. 2:9-10; 1 John. 4:17).
Many would back up from I John 3:9 and state that John proclaims in I John 1:8, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Many would say, “Here is the proof that we are still sinners.” But, let’s bring this into full context. If we look at 1 John 1:1-10 we see that John is addressing non-believers. He is laying out what non-believers must acknowledge in order to have true fellowship with believers.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives (1 John 1:1-10 NIV).
In 1 John 1:10 (NIV), John is speaking directly to non-believers. He is proclaiming that they must acknowledge that they have sinned and run to the forgiveness that Jesus offers.
Friend You Are Free and Forgiven
As a born-again believer, your spiritual salvation is complete.At salvation, you receive the same spirit that you will have throughout all eternity. It will not have to be changed again or cleansed again.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God (Romans 6:8-10 NIV).
Friend, you are forgiven! There is nothing anybody can do to change that! When the Enemy brings up a sin from the past, he is bringing something up that is non-existent.
The rest of the Christian life is not about trying to obtain faith or joy or love or anything else from God, but it is rather a release into our soul and body of what we already have in our spirits.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV).
Failure to understand this has caused many people to despair when they don’t see sufficient change in their life. It must be understood that at salvation, we change internally, while the outward change will take place as we renew our minds in Christ. I’ll elaborate on this later.
Again the word redeemed means that you have been rescued from the consequences of sin, thus you are no longer a sinner. He has rescued you from death. God did not rescue you from sin to leave you in oblivion. He has brought you from death through redemption and has brought you into life by making you a brand-new creation. The life that was robbed from Adam has now been given to you. You are fully, now and forever, a saint.