Romans 8:1 says, “There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirt.”
How do we have the victory over our thoughts? Have you ever asked this question to yourself? From reading Romans 8:1, I have found that the solution to our sinful thoughts or desires is found in this Scripture verse. We all have thoughts that want us to engage in some type of sin, but as Christians we also have the power to cast down those imaginations.
I know that this doesn’t sound like we are able to confront our thoughts and our desires, but Jesus even told people to “Go and sin no more!” Why did Jesus tell people to do this? Is it even possible for us to sin no more? Was Jesus telling us something that we could not do, or was He telling us this because we are capable of doing this?
The woman who was caught in adultery was given this command, “when Jesus had raised Himself up and saw that no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those who accuse you? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.'” (John 8:10-11)
“Go and sin no more!” Notice one very import thing that Jesus says, “Who condemns you?” The apostle James knew what Jesus was talking about when He said, “But each one is tempted when He is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” (James 1:14-15) For years I have been beating myself up because I would have evil thoughts and desires that would light upon my mind. Thoughts of committing sin. We all have these sinful thoughts because of our sinful nature. I knew this to be true, but I really didn’t see it clearly until Jesus opened my eyes to see that the thoughts on my mind are just that thoughts and nothing more. Jesus reveled through Romans 8:1 that I am not condemned.
Most of us have this feeling that because we are Christians we should be perfect in our minds and bodies. God knows that we aren’t perfect but He does show us that we are righteous, and most of all because we are the righteousness of Christ we are not condemned. The woman caught in adultery was told by Jesus to go and sin no more because there is no one condemning her. Sin cannot take root inside of us if we are in Christ Jesus. If we are in Christ then we are in the righteousness, and if we are in the righteousness then we aren’t condemned by anyone. Sin has no power over us. We can’t stop sinful thoughts to place their selves on our minds, but we do have the power to stop those thoughts from becoming sin.
My friends, we have the power of Jesus Christ inside of us, the resurrection power to cast down imaginations that do not line up with the Word of God. When we reject condemnation we are no longer under the power of our temptations to sin. This is what it means to “Sin No More.”
Favor, Abundance of Favor “
“Now in the sixth month [after that], the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee named Nazareth, To a girl never having been married and a virgin engaged to be married to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, Hail, O favored one [endued with grace]! The Lord is with you! Blessed (favored of God) are you before all other women!”
Luke 1:26-28 AMPC
Mary was given great amounts of grace and she was highly favored.
“So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go. And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed. But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.””
Exodus 3:20-22 NKJV
You see, with just one encounter with the favor of God, He will restore everything that we have lost.
Say this, “God’s favor will restore everything that the devil has taken from me.”
“And Jesus increased in wisdom (in broad and full understanding) and in stature and years, and in favor with God and man.”
Luke 2:52 AMPC
“So it is evident that it was essential that He be made like His brethren in every respect, in order that He might become a merciful (sympathetic) and faithful High Priest in the things related to God, to make atonement and propitiation for the people’s sins.”
Hebrews 2:17 AMPC
Jesus was made to be both divine and to be human. If He wasn’t, then He would have never known how to give mercy. He would have never been able to be sympathetic to us. He could never be the faithful High Priest for God and He would never be able make atonement by shedding His blood for our sins.
“For even to this were you called [it is inseparable from your vocation]. For Christ also suffered for you, leaving you [His personal] example, so that you should follow in His footsteps.”
1 Peter 2:21 AMPC
“I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.”
John 14:12 AMPC
We are to be imitators of Jesus. We are to do the things that Jesus did and we are to do it in more abundance because of the favor that has been given us. We have favor that comes from God. Favor determines our destiny and He gives us not only favor with man but also divine favor.
If we are in Christ Jesus then we have abundance of favor. Favor makes us prominent. As was the case with Esther. Favor took Saul from a murderer to Paul a soul winner.
Confess this: “Favor comes from God. Favor determines my destiny in life. God gives me divine favor. Favor makes me prominent.”
“So [it shall be] that he who invokes a blessing on himself in the land shall do so by saying, May the God of truth and fidelity [the Amen] bless me; and he who takes an oath in the land shall swear by the God of truth and faithfulness to His promises [the Amen], because the former troubles are forgotten and because they are hidden from My eyes.”
Isaiah 65:16 AMPC
We are to say so. The redeemed are to say so.
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;”
Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJV
We are to say so. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
Confess this daily and see what God can do:
“In the name of Jesus, I declare and decree from this moment forward that I see myself the way that God sees me.”
“I am highly favored of the Lord.”
“I am crowned with glory and honor.”
“I am the righteousness of God, in Christ Jesus.”
“I am reigning as a king in life through the One Man, Jesus Christ the Messiah.”
“Now, in Jesus’ name, I declare by faith that I walk in divine favor.”
“I have preferential treatment, supernatural increase, I have restoration, I have prominence, I have petitions granted, laws changed, policy and rules changed and battles won that I do not have to fight.”
“All because of favor “
“The blessing and favor of God is on my life .”
“In Jesus’ name, every morning when I arise, I will speak and expect divine favor to go before me and surround me as with a shield, with good will and pleasures forever more.”
“Doors are now open for me, that men have said are impossible to open.”
“No obstacle can stop me.”
“No hinderances can delay me.”
“In Jesus’ name, I am honored by my Father as I receive genuine favor that comes directly from God.”
“I am special to Him, I am the object of His affection, I am the apple of His eye, I am blessed, and I am highly favored of the Lord, in Jesus’ name. A-men.”
As you confess this daily over your life, impossible blessings will be available to you. This is God’s favor.
If you receive this say, “Amen.”
Please share with me about how God’s favor has come to you.
P.S., North Carolina, Virginia and all of this world God has favor for you.
Following Blind Guides “
We have been given the nature and the characteristics of Jesus Christ and our testimony is what people see that leads them into the arms of the Lord. This is a great honor, but it is also a great responsibility. Everyone that we meet will learn about Jesus through our lives. It is not enough for us to just talk about Jesus. We are His witnesses here on the earth. How we react to situations can give people a positive or negative attitude about Jesus.
So, you don’t believe this to be true, but just think on this for a moment. Most unbelievers, seem to know how Christians should act. Still not convinced? Look at how people react when we do something wrong. A person who doesn’t believe will say things like, “Your not supposed to act like that, because your saved or Your a Christian and You are being unholy.”
The position that we hold is a very important one. We cannot be like everyone else. We are unique. We are a peculiar people. We are God’s ambassadors. We have a commission to take the gospel of grace to all people and spread the salvation message.
My friends, we are different from the people of the world. We are different, and being different makes us exposed to the scrutiny of the world. Many people like to hide in the crowd, but Jesus doesn’t want us to be hidden. He wants us to stand out. “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16, AMPC)
We walk the highways and byways within the world, wearing the attire of righteous living. But for many of us we still conceal under our robes of righteousness, the desires, struggles, and immorality of our past life. Most people only see our outward appearance not seeing the turmoil that we struggle with daily that is inside of us. From all appearances, we appear to be happy and content and that everything is ok with us.
For some of us we have become content in living the double standards, one living in righteousness and two, living in sin. We say to ourselves, “This is ok because everyone is doing it.” But in reality, not everyone is doing this. Not everyone is having sex with whomever they choose. Not everyone is using drugs or consuming mass amounts of alcoholic beverages. Not everyone is lying. Not everyone is cheating and stealing. This is just an excuse to justify why we want to keep sinning. We are called to a higher standard of living. We are not everyone, we are the sons and daughters of God.
Everyone likes to be liked by other people. We all want to be a part of other people’s lives. We want to be accepted, welcomed and embraced. We want to be understood and just be liked by others. But we have to understand one important thing that if we are in Christ, the world doesn’t understand us and they don’t like us. We are separated from the world, because we are in Christ Jesus.
This has nothing to do with us being in Christ’s body. When we are with other believers, we are of one accord. But when we are yoked with those who don’t believe we have to learn to separate ourselves from their life in darkness. “With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.” (Ephesians 4:17-19)
Paul says that the people of the world live for lustful pleasures and they eagerly practice impurities. They are devoid of the truth. When it comes to things of God they harden their hearts and avoid Him at all costs. Because of this, we as His children are to have no fellowship with the world.
Aren’t we supposed to be walking in the light? Paul compares darkness with being ignorant and light with having the knowledge of God. If we are ignorant in God’s Word than we are walking in darkness, but if we are knowledgeable of God’s Word then we will walk in light. An old saying is that “Knowledge is Power.” When we walk around in the dark, we can’t see where we are going and we fall, trip and become injured. Because of this, we become afraid and confused.
If we became knowledgeable, think of all that we could accomplish? But because we have chosen to be ignorant, we grope around in the darkness grasping at straws and hoping we can achieve something for our lives, so we take mediocre positions and jobs.
When we walk around in darkness we have no idea where we are going and no clue of when we get there. The darkness hides the truth of God’s love for us and therefore we never find out about God’s plan for our lives. When we don’t have the knowledge of the purpose for our lives we will never know the direction that we are to walk in.
Why is this so? It is because we choose not to know. It is not that we haven’t heard the truth, it is because we choose not to accept the truth. Paul said that we need to avoid these type of people. We are to not be partners to their dark walk through life.
We are to go behind enemy lines. We need to be an influence to the people of the world. We are to infiltrate the enemies stronghold, and be the voice of the redeemed. But we are not to walk as the world walks. We are to have more influence in the media, government, and the television programming. We are to expose the darkness by bringing the light of the gospel of truth.
“So this I say and solemnly testify in [the name of] the Lord [as in His presence], that you must no longer live as the heathen (the Gentiles) do in their perverseness [in the folly, vanity, and emptiness of their souls and the futility] of their minds. Their moral understanding is darkened and their reasoning is beclouded. [They are] alienated (estranged, self-banished) from the life of God [with no share in it; this is] because of the ignorance (the want of knowledge and perception, the willful blindness) that is deep-seated in them, due to their hardness of heart [to the insensitiveness of their moral nature]. In their spiritual apathy they have become callous and past feeling and reckless and have abandoned themselves [a prey] to unbridled sensuality, eager and greedy to indulge in every form of impurity [that their depraved desires may suggest and demand]. But you did not so learn Christ!”
Ephesians 4:17-20 AMPC
We were not taught this from God. It is time now, that we speak against evil. We need to speak against the mindless sexual immorality and self centeredness that attacks our minds daily. We are to take authority against the principalities and powers and bind them all in Jesus name. It is time to stand up for what we believe and show the world Jesus. We are to walk among the world, but not be a part of it.
We are not to follow blindly those who don’t believe. We don’t want to be led around by those who have no clue about life and godliness, yet that is what many of us are doing. We follow those people who have hardened their hearts to God and His Word.
Paul wrote this, “Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.” (Ephesians 4:18-19, NLT).
What he is saying is that people who have chosen to reject Christ have committed one of the greatest sin of all time. Because the person who chooses to reject God’s Word has chosen darkness over light. Their life is based on that they can do anything that they want, whenever they want, to whomever they want with out consequences.
Are you skeptical? Many of us are, but take a look around and tell me what you see? Is there sexual immorality? Do men and women have multiple sexual partners, both men and women? Is violence in every household? Are there drugs sold everywhere? Is there violence in our schools? Is there senseless killings on our streets? Is lust out of control? Is anger out of control? Are we all suffering because of our choices?
Paul also says, “who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” (Ephesians 4:19, NKJV). People have become addicted to anything that is not of God. They have found profit in sin.
You don’t believe this to be true? Take a look around and see how people are manipulated to do immoral things in order to make money. Prostitution is on the rise. People are addicted to sex. The selling of drugs, not only on the corner of the streets, but within the corridors of our schools and upon our playgrounds. People have become addicted to drugs, they rule their lives. The drug supply is big business. Human slavery, people are being sold just for profit, men, women and children. Everything that is unholy is being used for making money.
Paul said, “But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:20-24,NKJV)
We are to be like Jesus, He never taught us these things. He taught us to resist these things, and flee from them. How do we do this? Through God’s Word and the power of the Holy Spirit. We are to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and He will lead us in the right direction.
The Holy Spirit will let us know what is right and what is wrong. He will be the Spirit of Truth for us. He will instill God’s Word into our hearts and into our minds. As we study the Word, the Holy Spirit will unlock the pages for us and give us the truth of what is contained within it. He will open up how to be delivered from the oppression of the devil, how to be healed from all diseases, and how to be set free from the worries of life. He will reveal who Jesus really is and He will show us how to live a fruitful full life as God’s child.
“For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
There is no reason for us to have to follow after those who live in darkness. There is no reason for us to let blind guides lead us. We have the light and the light will guide us. “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5).
“If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”
I John 1:6 NKJV
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
I John 1:7 NKJV
Are you following a blind guide?
“What do Words Do?”
“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ””
Matthew 4:4 NKJV
Ok I am on mission to get this Word out to as many people as I can.
If we live by the Word of God, then we will die by the words of the devil. The Word of God produces life-giving faith, the words of the enemy produces life-taking fear. When we are speaking words contrary to the Word of God we produce fear. We don’t realize that we are quoting the devil every time we speak contrary to God’s Word. Whether we realize this or not, when we speak the enemy’s words, we release spiritual forces from Satan which goes into our hearts.
“Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.”
Proverbs 7:2-3 NKJV
“My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”
Psalms 45:1 NKJV
This is how it works…when we speak the devil’s words we are writing his words on the tablet of our hearts. The reason people are so afraid these days, is because they believe everything that they see and hear on their televisions, the internet and their radios. Jesus foretold this, “men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Luke 21:26) Jesus did not say that men’s hearts would fail them for the things on the earth. He said, that men’s hearts will fail them from fear of the things which are coming to the earth – another words worrying and having anxiety over tomorrow.
Jesus was not talking about physical hearts, He was talking about our spirits. He was talking about the ground, the ground where the kingdom is. Jesus was saying that our hearts will not function properly because of fear.
Our faith may appear great when we are around other Christian men or women. The real test of faith comes when we are in the world surrounded by those who don’t believe. We have to resist fear just like we resist the devil. We do this by quoting God’s Word in every situation and circumstance that comes against us. Even though it seems like hell itself has come against us, we need to continually speak God’s Word.
When we speak God’s Word we release faith. Know this, that every time we speak the Word we speak life. Jesus told us this, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63) Every word that we speak from the Bible is filled with Spirit Life. On the other hand, when we speak the words of the devil, those words are filled with death. Our words affect our spirits. We can either speak God’s Word which is full of life and our spirits then agree with God’s Word, or we can speak the words of the devil which are filled with death and our spirits agree with the word of the devil. “The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear?” (Proverbs 18:14, AMPC)
Our spirits will either hold on or hold off our weaknesses depending upon what we speak into them. Whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Binding and loosing are words filled with faith. We are given the creative power to either speak words of faith or words of fear. When we speak God’s Word we bring God into our situation with all His abilities. When we speak the devil’s word, we bring him and all his abilities.
Words that we speak are important. Just as we use natural laws, so can we use spiritual laws. Our words are the seeds that we plant. The words that we scatter will produce a harvest. Be careful though, and choose your words carefully. You don’t want to harvest the wrong crop. You don’t want to speak the problem, instead speak the solution to the problem. If you speak the problem, you will have more faith in the problem instead of God’s Word and the solution to the problem. You can speak so much about the problem that you destroy the faith for the solution.
Where do we find the solution to the problem? It is found in God’s Word.
Now we need to speak the solution by quoting God’s Word.
This will cause our spirits to hear and then the spiritual force of faith is released bringing the solution to our problems using God’s abilities.
The Holy Spirit sent this message to someone today. You need to hear what He is saying. Stop speaking the problem and start speaking His Word. He has given you the answer, now speak it into existence. He has already done what He is going to do. It is finish. Now step out of the boat and walk over your problem.
Bless you my friends