What’s your Excuse?
Romans 6:5-7 (KJB) For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Too many Christians are choosing to live a weak, wobbly, and wimpy spiritual life. Perhaps even choosing to verbally identify with Christ but selfishly electing to live all for themselves and placing things of God on the “back burner” in their busy and hectic lives.
It’s true, many people claim to have a personal relationship with God and desire to be eternally cloaked in His white robe, but mindlessly choose to give preference to their old habits and to revel in their favorite sins.
Why simply because many want the best of this world and of eternity.
But, a person must step back for a moment and notice that God clearly reveals in His Word that a regenerated person will not desire to repeatedly serve self and sin! His or her natural desires will be new, and they will line up in cohesive spiritual agreement with God. It is supernatural for a regenerated person to serve God rather than serving the dark pleasures of the god of this world. It is natural for a lost heart to seek and serve the god of this world.
It’s sad that both false professors of faith and lukewarm spiritual hearts can often have such a taut grip on their personal preferences and pleasures with some people harboring backslidden hearts and simply opting to loosely “tack on” a personal relationship with God in hopes of spiritually complementing their life but never giving any thought about the effect upon the lives of other Christians and lost hearts in this world..
This kind of thinking is like claiming to be on a diet for gaining greater physical health and finding great pleasure in eating cake and cookies for dessert. A person is either on a diet or he is not. Just like a person is either living for things of God or he is aligned with the god of this world.
Certainly, you understand however, a new spiritual nature on board a revived heart does not mean a person will be spiritually perfect or that he or she never faces struggles with sin. Or that spiritual landmines and danger will not dot the landscape about them as they journey through this world. Or that a genuine professing man or woman of God will not have to weather oppression and times of great trials and struggles. The genuine Christian life is both a position in Christ and a lifelong process of sanctification from sin as he or she sojourns in this world.
It is important to understand that agreeing with God about the nature of sin and choosing to fellowship with Him helps a child of God to remain standing spiritually tall and strong despite the sin and untoward circumstances at work in this world.
Knowing God personally and sincerely claiming His divine presence at work in your heart and life means having both the ability and the desire to just saying NO to sin and to proclaim YES to serving God.
The presence of God makes an obedient life possible, but doing so will always come at a personal COST.
A man or woman of God must choose to apply God’s divine principles, precepts, and commandments as they sojourn wisely choosing to serve Him in this world. It is true the gift of eternal life is free to every person (John 3:16) but there is a personal cost when applying His gift for working and willing inside our heart and life as we journey through this world.
The divine truth revealed for us in these scripture verses affirms that every person, saved or lost, will be constantly barraged by an alluring and appetizing mix of sinful pleasures and pain at work in this world, but God has given every regenerated heart a powerful, purposeful, and perpetual pathway. This makes it possible for every separated heart to wade through this natural accumulation of sinful muck and mire at work in this world and to successfully align themselves with the eternal nature of God. There will be no excuses accepted by God about dismal and discouraging circumstances preventing any person from choosing to dwell on God’s pathway and meandering off on their own pathway in this world.
Yes, God has divinely provided the way for any person to successfully trek around any spiritual dangers lurking about us in this world. God left mankind with no excuse for not choosing to apply His eternal truths into his life. Though God’s gift of life is free and available to every man, woman, and child; he or she must personally opt to be obedient to God and elect to walk on His divine pathway in this world and forevermore.