Today’s Daily Light:
We continue this weeks study: How Dead People Do Battle with Sin (From an article by John Piper)
Fight Sin By Trusting Jesus
This is the answer to our first question: How do dead people do battle with sin? They do battle with sin by trusting the Son of God. They are dead to Satan’s lie, which goes like this: ‘You will be happier if you trust your own ideas about how to be happy instead of trusting the counsel and the promises of Christ.” Christians have died to that deceit. So the way they fight Satan is by trusting that the paths and promises of Christ are better than Satan’s.-
This way of doing battle with sin is called the “fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7). The victories of this fight are called the “works of faith” (1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11). And in this warfare Christians “become holy by faith” (Acts 26:18; 2 Thessalonians 2:13).
Let’s think then about this fight of faith. It is not like war games with rubber bullets. Eternity is at stake. Romans 8:13 is a key verse: “If you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.” This is written to professing Christians, and the point is that our eternal life hangs on our battle with sin.
It does not mean that we earn eternal life by killing sin. No, it is “by the Spirit” that we fight. He will get the glory, not us. Nor does Romans 8:13 mean that we fight with an anxious sense of uncertainty about winning. On the contrary, even as we fight we have confidence that “He who began a good work in us will complete it at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). Nor does Romans 8:13 mean that we must be perfect now in our victory over sin. Paul renounces the claim to perfection (Philippians 3:12).
Lord Jesus…I am so aware of how I come-up so short in being all I need to be as compared to the ‘all’ of what you did for us in giving your life for us so that we could have forgiveness and eternal life. I pray that all of us will use the study this week to strengthen our ability to walk with you in holiness ‘so that’ we will not waste the gift of life that you gave us…so that we will seek to honor your with the # of days that you have given each one of us. I pray that you are glorified in all of our lives. Amen
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