Yesterday, we talked about God’s provision for us, concerning sin. But, although God has made the fullness of His grace available to us – we have to choose to live in it. If we choose to walk in His provision, the fullness of what He promises will be the reality of our lives. But if we do not live in what God has provided for us, we will always live in the frustration of trying to live life by our old sinful nature. We will live each day haunted by knowing what we should do, but never having the power to do so. This is the apostle’s message to us in Romans 7:14-25.
What God has promised, and provided… depends upon us, for application.
This is the very essence of faith. And why “the righteous will live by faith.” (Rom. 1:17) The only way to really know what the Bible is talking about, is to live by what God has provided to us. We do this by our faith.
Faith is trusting in Jesus’ work, done on our behalf. But faith relies upon knowing just what Jesus has made available to us – in spite of our experiences, or of what we might feel or think about it.
For example, if you ask just about any Christian: “Are you forgiven?” They will certainly say, “Yes! I am forgiven by Jesus’ sacrifice for me.”
But if you ask the same Christian: “Are you holy?” They will look at you kinda funny and say something like: “No, not really, but someday I hope to be.”
Here’s the thing… The Bible teaches that the answer to both of these questions is the very same answer! Forgiveness and holiness are both the provision of God through Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Hebrews 10:10 says, “…we have been made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all.” We are NOT waiting to become holy – we exist in the state of being made holy, because of Jesus’ work.
So why do we find it so easy to accept that we are forgiven, but so hard to accept that we are holy, by the same sacrifice?
Because we are still under the impression that forgiveness is something God does for us – but holiness is something we have to do for God. And since we struggle so much with temptation (and with sin and sinning), we can’t possibly be holy (“but, thank God, He forgives us!”).
This brings us to the key point in walking in God’s truth. We have to know what God has provided to us. By knowing, I mean that we must know the truth, and see ourselves living each moment in the mindset of that truth.
If we don’t see ourselves as holy, then we will not live in holiness. If we do not see ourselves as righteous, then we will not live in righteousness. If we do not see ourselves as healed and whole, then we will not live in health and wholeness.
All these things are the provision of God. They are what we ARE.
And only when we know what we ARE, will we ever live in what we are.
This truth will always come into play: We must repent before we can ever see the reality of the Kingdom of God in our lives.
And repentance always begins with changing HOW we think.
Prayer focus: God, open the eyes of my heart to see the fullness of Your provision to my life… and help me to walk in that fullness, every day.