So now that I am living under grace should I continue to live in sin because God knows my heart and he knows how much I try to be holy and I can’t help myself from falling into these sins. God understands my struggle with this sin or this issue. This besetting sin that keeps on making me fall and repent each time. Must we continue to live on sin so that grace may abound God forbid. I find it hard to believe some of the grace message I hear being preached. It removes the believer’s responsibility to living a morally upright life in the guise that all our past, present and future sins have been forgiven so it’s okay for me to go on living in sin because Jesus has already forgiven me any way and by the way all the gifts of the spirit are still functioning. I still pray in tongues, I still see my prayers being answered. God is not bothered by these sins as they have been washed by the blood.
I don’t know about you but when I hear such doctrines of devils being preached by such ministers all I can say is that any doctrine that encourages you to live in sin and does not encourage you to live a holy, set apart life unto God is of the devil. Jesus also says in Matthew 7:22-23
Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ 1 John 3:4 says Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
Anyone who genuinely loves the Lord will not want to continue to live in sin and call that grace. You would not want to offend the Lord. We are not advocating legalism or religion but just as a husband seeks ways to please his spouse or a child seeks ways and means to please his parents so also should we seeks ways to please the Lord in all that we do through the help of the Holy Spirit. Jesus also said in john 8:29… for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.
Let Holy Spirit guide you in your acts of worship and service so that your sacrifices would be acceptable. Remember that you are already accepted in the beloved so we are not trying to earn acceptance but we are presenting ourselves, our offerings and our service unto Him as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable into Him which is our reasonable service (Rom 12:1).
1 Cor 1:30 “And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption”. It is only because of Jesus that I can stand before God as righteous and sanctified.
Hagiasmos (Gk): sanctification, holiness – the process of making or becoming holy, set apart, sanctification, holiness, consecration.
Sanctification is a process, not a onetime event we are still being sanctified Heb 10:14 “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy”.
1 Thess 4:3-4 “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication: That everyone of you should know how to posses his vessel in sanctification and honour”.
So also we have been justified or declared righteous by faith in Christ Jesus which means we are righteous in Gods sight but we also are to bear fruits in line with our righteous nature.
Phil 1:10-11 says “so that you can discern what is best, that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God”
The key to experiencing sanctification is a life wholly and totally surrendered to the Lord. The Holy Spirit is the one who comes to live inside of us and makes us holy. You cannot approach a righteous and holy God if you are not righteous and holy yourself. 1 Pet 1:16 says “for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” You cannot live a holy life without the help of the Holy Spirit.
The early Pentecostals called sanctification the second work of grace as a definite experience of a deeper work of the Holy Spirit upon the heart of the believer after salvation where all lusts and appetite of sin is destroyed by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Every revival in history has been marked by holiness. This is a continual separation from the world on a daily basis. It is an open heart surgery where we invite the Holy Spirit to shine His light in our hearts to highlight to us areas of our lives that have not been completely surrendered to the Lord. We ask Him by faith to take any the lust and desire for that sin and ask the Lord for the grace to live in victory over that sin; He will gladly hear your prayer and give you victory in every area of your life for sin shall not have dominion over you. We lay every thought, word, ambition, motives and desire on the altar of sacrifice and ask the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn away anything that does not glorify the Lord.
We are admonished in Rom 12:1-2 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”.
We must unite once again the power of the Holy Spirit, grace and holiness for that is when we would see a true out pouring of Gods power and glory in the earth. God is holy and He will not compromise His standards and He demands that we live a holy and righteous life that would please Him, not in our own strength but by the power of the Holy Spirit. A true understanding of grace would lead you into living a holy life unto the Lord.