Thursday, June 3, 2010


2 Corinthians 1:21-22
21Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

When we accept Christ into our hearts and surrender our life to Him, the Holy Spirit enters our heart.
The Holy Spirit is our guarantee for salvation. We have been claimed and and sealed by the Lord. When God seals us, He will never "un-seal" us. We are His child forever and nothing we can do will ever change that. Some people see that as an opportunity to sin and still be able to get to Heaven. They still want to indulge in sin that seems fun at the time, but is temporary and fleeting.

Romans 5:20-6:2
But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

Because of our sin, God's grace covers us and brings us eternal life. But we cannot go on living in our sin. We have died to sin and been made alive in Christ! If you were addicted to alcohol and had been without it for years, would you purposely put yourself in a situation where you would be tempted by it? Would you go to a bar and just hang out? Of course not! You would most likely avoid it at all costs because you have been set free without it. It's the same way with our sin. Our flesh desires crave sin; it's like an instinct to us. But since we have been set free from it by the blood of Jesus, why would we go back to it? Would you put yourself in a situation where sin is prominently abundant? No.
Yes, no matter what we do we can never lose our salvation. But that does not give us a right to wallow in sin. It gives us a right to abstain from it.

That is why 1 Corinthians 6:19 says "you are not your own." We have been anointed by the Spirit and are not living for ourselves any longer. We are God's because His Spirit lives inside each of us. We still have the free will to make choices for ourselves, but don't you think it's your obligation to abstain from sin? He has saved us from eternity in Hell; the least you could do is strive to live according to His Spirit.

1 John 4:13
We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

Galatians 5:16
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

We all have the power to resist the temptation of sin because of God's Spirit. This week, make an effort to do just that. The Holy Spirit has sealed us; we are bound and ready for Heaven! But don't let that be an excuse to live in sin. Be controlled by the Spirit!

Your Sister in Christ,

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