Last week I shared the wonderful arsenal of resources the Lord has given us to defeat the sin in our lives. I wanted to follow up on that devotional to amplify one important aspect of our sin:
It doesn’t all originate with us!
Yes, unfortunately, we live in a fallen world where people around us sin against us, where demons sin against us and where we carry generational baggage of sin passed on to us by our ancestors.
That said, we are responsible for dealing with all the effects of these things in our bodies, souls and spirits.
So if you experience a recurring sinful attitude, willfulness, heart or actions, step back and understand that the sin of others – not just your own sin – may be playing havoc with your life. You may need to understand generational sin in your family. You may be harboring unforgiveness towards someone who hurt you long ago. You may have opened your life to the influence of demonic assignments like anger, jealousy, bitterness, fear, worry, or addiction.
The good news is that God has made provision for all of this through the Cross and blood of Jesus. This Cross is the evidence of Father God’s love for you. Jesus himself prays for you and offers forgiveness. (We also must forgive to access that mercy – Matthew 6:14-15) The Holy Spirit is another gift of the Father, and the Spirit leads us into all truth and life. The Trinity is FOR us!
Through the Scriptures, the pathway to freedom has always been the same. The Restoring Lives leadership frame it with 9 “R”s: recognize my stuff, take responsibility for it, repent of my sin, renounce any evil spirits, remove the sources of sin, resist the enemy, rejoice in my freedom, receive full restoration from God, and refill every place in my life with Holy Spirit.
We want all of us to be set free from the effects of sin. It starts with an accepting fellowship where we recognize we are all in the same boat, and that our identity in Christ means that we are not our sin. There is no shame in confession and repentance. It is our path to freedom! We also offer resources where you can learn more and gain the wisdom of others God has brought near.
- Skilled prayer partners to pray with you – Sundays, The Well Wednesdays at the Chapel at 7
- Tower Healing private appointments – http://www.equippingministries.org/tower.html
- Small groups – including Thursday night at Parish Center with Gladstone
- Training courses to build your freedom skills – http://www.equippingministries.org/
- Spiritual freedom conferences – www.restoringlivesinternational.com
- There are also times when professional counseling is needed and we can refer you to a number of qualified counselors who operate in the faith and are guided by the Holy Spirit. These resources are available, but again, only we can take responsibility for our spiritual growth and healing!
Our greatest motive is that Jesus has commanded us to abide in him and to live and love like him (John 15). Out of love, we no longer want to offer him a passive, distracted or broken life! We want to trust him at his word (John 10:10) so that we can offer Him a life that is a worthy offering of worship (Romans 12:1-2).
With you in the battle as we learn to live and love in Jesus,