FORMULA FOR VICTORY OR DEFEAT – Ray E Horton
Much of the church needs the revelation from scripture of God’s wonderful grace in Jesus. It seems natural to our flesh to follow religious tradition and be sin conscious, always looking for that sin to overcome. But that is a formula for defeat.
Overcoming sin through grace
The more you look at sin, the more you stay in it. The more you look at Jesus and the power of the spirit within, the more you overcome. It is a revelation from the Word that much of the church needs
They think we are saying that grace means license to sin, when in fact it means victory over sin. For example, one person commented elsewhere that we do not have a perfect walk after salvation. My response:
Of course, we don’t have that perfect walk after salvation, and our soulish self (mind, will, emotions) is still working out that salvation. It is one’s spirit that is perfected when we are transformed as new creations at the new birth. It is the means of growth that we see differently. Tradition says try really hard to find sin, repent and change. But the flesh can’t do that successfully.
The Word tells us instead to look to Jesus, draw near to Him, and we will change steadily, from glory to glory, by power of the Holy Spirit.
Are you so foolish
As Paul told the Galatians, “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:3), again, “I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16). Walking in the spirit is staying focused on Jesus and His grace and who we have become in Christ. That is how we overcome and grow in our walk with the Lord.
The more you look at sin, the more you stay in it. The more you look at Jesus and the power of the spirit within, the more you overcome. It is a revelation from the Word that much of the church needs.