|Posted by success1800 on March 26, 2014 at 8:50 AM|
Leave it to the Professional !
In Romans 7:24 Paul cries out, "Oh wretched man that I am - who will deliver me from this body of death ?"
When a person finally cries out, "Oh wretched man or woman that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death ? , this is like music to the LORD's ears. This cry is probably one of the most spiritual and scriptural cries that we could ever utter, because this cry is a cry of total surrender. It's a cry that says or admits that no matter how hard I try, I cannot save myself or change myself, and I need some kind of divine intervention to help me.
Let me ask a question: Have you ever tried to fix something yourself that you knew you couldn't fix no matter how hard you tried, but kept trying anyway, and then finally in complete despair you finally gave up and called someone to come and help you ?
For example, I have often tried many times to work on say a car or plumbing or some other broken thing, trying my best to fix it to avoid paying the professional who has all the tools and skill to come out and accomplish easily what is impossible for me to do. It is only when I come to the end of my own self effort of trying to fix it myself that I finally pick up the phone and say okay, I need someone else to step in and do this. And when the professional comes to my aid, he does easily in just a few minutes what I could have never done in a lifetime of trying, no matter how hard I tried. Why ? Because I lacked the experience, the knowledge, and the equipment to fix what was broken.
This is really kind of the idea behind Romans 7 :24, when Paul cries out, "who will deliver me from this body of death ?" He is really saying, "Who is going to fix me ? I have tried and tried and the more I try the worse I seem to fail !" Paul learned, as we must learn, that it is only as we give up on all self effort of striving to fix ourselves, save ourselves, sanctify ourselves, or even make ourselves holy, and we call on Jesus who is the Professional, that we will ever experience true change.
Now we know that justification is ours through faith in the Lord Jesus and requires no work on our part, but then we often think that sanctification is dependent on our own self effort of striving and trying real hard to perfect ourselves. But the Bible is very clear that as we have received Christ we are also to walk in Him. And how did we receive Christ ? It was by grace through faith.
Ephesians 2:8 (Amplified Bible)
For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God...
We need to understand that the way we were saved is the same way for sanctification. As we understand and receive God's great love for us demonstrated through the cross, and as we believe sanctification, like the new birth, is a gift from God by grace through faith, then we will be sanctified by the Spirit.
We also need to understand that sanctification, like righteousness, has already been given to us as a gift from God. Sanctification is not something that we strive to do by the flesh; sanctification is a gift from God that has already been placed on the inside of us and is worked out in our lives by the Spirit as we rest and trust God to do what we could never do through our own ability no matter how hard we try. Now let's see what the scriptures have to say about this.
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.
1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
The Spirit is the Spirit of Grace working in you to sanctify you and to fix what you could never fix through a lifetime of striving and self effort.
But here is a key: Grace only works as we cease working or cease striving to change or perfect ourselves by the flesh. Salvation and sanctification are both a work of the Spirit of Grace.
In other words, we need to stay out of the way of the Professional, and let the Professional (who is Jesus) and the Spirit of Grace work and fix what we could never in a lifetime fix no matter how hard we try. Jesus has the ability and all the equipment to easily fix everything that's wrong.
We must resist the temptation to push the Professional out of the way and say, "I can take it from here". The Apostle Paul had to rebuke the church at Galatia for this when he said:
Galatians 3:3 Are you so foolish and so senseless and so silly ? Having begun [your new life spiritually] with the [Holy] Spirit, are you now reaching perfection [by dependence] on the flesh?
Listen, flesh didn't save us and flesh cannot sanctify us.
Now we are either living the Romans 7 way of life or the Romans 8 way of life. Romans 7 is all about I, I, I, trying to fix myself and to make myself holy, but no matter how hard I try I will fail every time. Why ? Because the "I" flesh cannot fix itself and the "I" flesh cannot sanctify itself. It is only as we surrender "I" to Jesus that we will see true freedom and transformation. Of course we know that the middle letter in pride is I ...
Again, we are either living the Romans 7 way of life in complete frustration, or we are living the Romans 8 way of life of the Spirit which results in life, peace, and transformation.
Did you know that in Romans 7 that the word "I" is mentioned over 29 times and Spirit only once ? But in Romans 8, the word Spirit is mentioned 19 times and "I" twice ? This is no coincidence; I believe that God is trying to communicate to us that the way of the Spirit and not the way of "I" is the way that He has called us to walk.
The middle letter in the word pride is "I", and "I" needs to go so that Christ can come.
The Apostle Paul tells us what happened to "I" in Galatians 2:20:
Galatians 2:20 Amplified Bible (AMP)
I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
We need to remember that the trinity of God is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, but the devil's trinity is me, myself and I.
Now the Bible says that we are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling; but don't forget about the last part of that verse that says, "for it is God that works in us both to will and to do his good pleasure." This working out is not working for your salvation but it really means to work out what has already been worked in or put inside of you as a gift by God. And how does this working out take place ? It works out as we rest and trust and believe the gospel, and that God is working by His Spirit in us to work out or display what he has already put inside of us.
We must always know this...
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
We must be delivered from our wrong thinking that says we only receive forgiveness by our entire reliance on the LORD, yet our sanctification and perfection only comes by doing something ourselves.
We fear that if we do nothing, then nothing will happen, but the opposite is true. It's really only as we cease from striving to become perfect by the flesh and rest in the perfect One to lead us that perfection will ever come.
What happens so often is that we get saved and then resurrect the old habits of doing and self achievement of trying live for God.
But God's Word tells us that it is all finished. Jesus has already done everything on the cross for forgiveness, and he will do everything in us for our deliverance and sanctification. In both cases, He is the doer. The Bible says that Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith.
We need to always remember that it is God that works in us both to will and to do His good pleasure.
If we could do part of it, then we could then take glory for part of it, but all glory goes to the LORD. God has it all ! He does the entire work from the beginning to the end, and Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith. We can be confident that He who has begun a good work in us will complete this work to the very end.
The best thing that we can do is to stay out of His way and let Him do what He knows how to do best. for more articles please visit our site at http://itsgrace.com Blessings