Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rick Joyner: The Remedy For Sin


We have been discussing sin and the carnal nature from which disciples are getting free. However, we cannot get free by our own strength from these things. It takes our will to want to get free in order to please the Lord and be delivered from what is bringing so much death upon the world. However, we need God's grace and His power to live free of these things.

The life of discipleship is not one of constantly focusing on sin and our mistakes. However, true, Biblical discipleship does start there. Without the consciousness of sin, we do not know our need for the redemption of the Cross. It is the consciousness of sin, under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, which drives us to the only remedy for our sin – the Cross. The deeper and clearer this is to us, the stronger our life will be in Christ.

The Cross of Jesus
As we are told in James 3:2, "We all stumble in many ways." So we will occasionally need to cast ourselves again at the feet of the Cross of Jesus for His mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Repentance begins with remorse for our sin, but then once we have been to the Cross for forgiveness, there is nothing else we need to do, no penance that we need to do, or even continued remorse for the remission of our sins.

The CrossThe Cross of Jesus is enough. For us to think that we then need to do something more is a basic affront to the Cross of Jesus. When we feel that we have to pay part of the price, we are basically saying that this sin is too much for God to bear, and therefore we need to pay for it ourselves.

After the remorse has caused us to repent, we need to move on. We will not be delivered from our sinful nature by focusing on our sins, but as we are told in 2 Corinthians 3:17-18:

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

We get changed by beholding the glory of the Lord, not by beholding our sins. When we sin, we must not embrace the delusion that we did not sin, but acknowledge it, go to the Cross, then bury that "body of death" and do not resurrect it. We are made righteous by abiding in Christ, who is our righteousness, not by constantly focusing on and fighting sin.

However, for a time there will be a focus on and fighting of sin. Every new Believer goes through this struggle for a period of time. Many who have been in Christ for a long time continue in it because they never built on the strong foundation of repentance that leads to the Cross and to Christ. We then need to keep our eyes on Him, not go back to and focus on the sin. When we look back at ourselves, we will be like Peter who was able to walk upon the water as long as He kept His eyes on the Lord, but as soon as he focused on the water he began to sink.

Cultivate Fruit
So instead of continuing to focus on the works of the flesh, let us now focus on the fruit of the Spirit. These we are told in Galatians 5:22-24 are:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

The focus of our life must be to grow this fruit. So how do we do this? We cultivate. Cultivating was the first command given to man in the Garden, and it is still basic to our purpose and is part of our nature. As we are told in Ephesians 4, we grow up in all things into Christ, and this growing is the result of cultivation. We are told in Psalm 37 to cultivate faith, which is how we grow in faith and all the fruit of the Spirit.
The CrossHow do we cultivate? As the Lord taught in His parable, we begin by looking for good soil to sow the seed in. We are the soil, so what kind of soil produces fruit?

If these are not characteristics that we have, we need to get them. Then, once the seed is planted, we need to water it, and keep the weeds away from it, which are the cares and worries of this world. We then need to guard it from the birds of the air, which in the parable are satan and his minions. We must protect the fruit until it can mature.
A basic point that the Lord makes in His parables is that what we become in Him is intentional. We must care enough to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit. If we are intentional about this, we will be amazed at how little fighting we have to do with the carnal nature continuing to resurrect itself. Bearing fruit requires an intentional life of discipleship.

Rick Joyner
MorningStar Ministries


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like the article- even when it comes to sin many times I find teaching on actions and habits and yet Jesus said defilement came from within even in the old testament God saw the thoughts and intnents of the heart or soul of man where evil 8451
in Hebrew means-1) law, direction, instruction a) instruction, direction (human or divine)and yet in the new testament-
Rom 8:2- For the law 3551 of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law 3551 of sin and death. Rom 8:9thayers lexicon figuratively to hold by the hand. My translation to walk in attentive obedience to the Spirit of the Lord. having received a new heart -old testament prophecy fulfilled. We as a new creature now have the same choice as adam except we do not wait in the garden for God we become a living temple of the Spirit by freewill. relationship is a matter of life and death as God is Jealous for His Spirit. I heard a well known man who teaches on the spiritual man all across the U.S. he said if he got a 30 % show of hands in churches when he asked how many have ever heard the voice of the Lord it was unusually high. Dear Lord that's a tragic thought. there are several outside sins Fleshly mind led ect. but for the most part God looks for the pure in heart. Repentance is good king david new it.