Are you struggling or are you refusing to change?
Titus 2:11–12 AMP; 11 For the [remarkable, undeserved] grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to reject ungodliness and worldly (immoral) desires, and to live sensible, upright, and godly lives [lives with a purpose that reflect spiritual maturity] in this present age
Have you noticed this verse isn’t one of the featured ‘grace’ verses in today’s christian culture. I hear about Grace all the time in popular Church circles, and I am beyond grateful for the Grace of God. Let me clearly say, I’m not against grace, that would be moronic on the highest possible level. I am however against the notion that Grace allows and enables an ongoing lifestyle of sin. Grace is not toilet paper, it is a supernatural empowerment. The verse above clearly depicts that the grace of God not only purchased the gift of our salvation bringing about total forgiveness of sins, but it also teaches us to reject sin and ungodliness. Grace is the victory over sin, not the permission to sin.
“If you hear the message of Grace and think you can live anyway you want, you did not receive a revelation, you received an idea.”
A struggle is only a struggle when there’s two or more forces warring. There will be struggles in the Christian walk abstaining from sin, but thank God He has already given us the victory in Christ to overcome! A sin struggle is a spiritual growth spurt, because once sin becomes a struggle to do, it’s because your heart no longer wants to partake, but your flesh is fighting for it’s desires.
A refusal is when someone resists change with everything within them. There is help for struggle, but there is no help for refusal. God delights in showing us how to live in our divine potential. The Holy Spirit is referenced by Jesus as the Helper (John 14:26). How can the Helper operate in your life, if you refuse help. Refusal to change is not only the door to death, it’s the expressway. It is of the upmost importance, you allow the Holy Spirit to reveal areas in your life where you are resisting transformation.
Gal 5:19 NKJV; Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
The ardent word in this verse is the word “practice.” Practice is what you do willfully to get better at something. There is a widerange of sins listed above that people struggle with in different expressions, but if you are refusing to change, this word ‘practice’ should alarm you. Practicing sin without a desire to change reveals a huge heart issue that must be dealt with. What you refuse to give to God you give the devil access to. Selfishness is at the root of every sin. Surrender renders selfishness defeated.
Ask the Holy Spirit this day, to reveal any areas in your life that need the infiltration of God’s grace to overcome where you have resisted change. You are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus! Amen! (Heb 4:15–16)
*If this resonated with you, please recommend and share it w/ others. God Bless!
Sincerely, Dr. Dominick