We are not sinners because we sin; we’re sinners because we’re born sinners. I will not white-wash the truth. Here it is. For many years I was very angry at any little thing. Finally, when I stopped and asked God what the deal was, He responded, “You say and do not do. You do not obey Me, you do not trust me that your life is Mine. Trust and Obey.” Peace comes from God so that no matter what happens to us, we shall not be moved. The answer to the question of sin is Repent! Change your mind – change your thinking – literally in the Greek. That means cease from your disobedience and when you do, God shall restore peace to you. Confess every fault with your mouth and He will be faithful to hear you. Cease your unrighteousness and He will restore you. That’s what I had to learn.
Philippians 2:12-13 (KJV) Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Romans 8:1-2 (KJV) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
It is hard work, but doable only through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. First you must captivate every thought and put it in its place, either put it out, or store it for meditation. Here’s the scripture:
Romans 12:1-2 (KJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
What is the knowledge of God? Scripture. How do we do this capture? By being aware what goes on in our thoughts. It will take hard work to not have a lazy passive mind. Then what? So you captivate your thoughts, then what do you think about? Whatsoever things are pure…here are some verses:
Philippians 4:6-8 (KJV) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Romans 10:17 (KJV) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Now that you have your thoughts under control and your faith grows so will your trust in God in being in control over your life.
I John 2:24-29 (KJV) Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
Without faith it is impossible to please Him and you will not have peace until then. The need for faith arises from issues in our lives.
James 1:3-4 (KJV) Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
1Peter 4:17-19 (KJV) For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
Surrender your past and start new, even today. His mercies are new every morning.
Lamentations 3:21-26 (KJV) This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
I Peter 1:6-9 (KJV) Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Blessings on your journey.