The story was told about a well-known pastor conducting a revival in a small town. After the service ended, he was approached by a young man who said, “I don’t like your religion, you can’t party, drink, smoke, gamble when playing cards, or have girlfriends.” The pastor responded, “Oh, I can do those things and more, but I no longer desire to do those things because I gave my heart to Jesus Christ.”
Question: Do you believe that Jesus ends our struggle with sin?
Answer: When Jesus died and rose from the dead, He ascended back to heaven. His death and resurrection completed the Plan of Salvation–to redeem humanity from their sins when we confess and ask for forgiveness. Surrendering our hearts to Jesus requires that we love Jesus. We love Him because He loved us first. He paid for our redemption with His life. And Jesus has promised us in John 14:1-3 that He will come again and take us to heaven to live forever with Him in a perfect world without sin, sorrow, crying, and death.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. Ephesians 2:1-3
We were spiritually dead in sin before our transformation. Ruled by the carnal desires of our flesh, we gave ourselves to Satan, the prince of the power of the air. The desires, habits, people, places, and things that we used to do have been cleansed away by the precious blood of Jesus. We are so grateful for a Savior who rescued us that we walk away from a prior life like it never existed.
How is spiritual transformation possible?
Remember that God created us in His image, and He created us with a soul that is connected to Him for the duration of our lives. The emptiness of sin overshadows our connection to Christ, but it is impossible for us to ever be totally disconnected. The Plan of Salvation was in place before humanity was created. God knew that we would have a sinful nature. Yes, we have a continuous inner conflict between right and wrong, but in staying connected to Jesus, He gives us the strength to overcome our passionate desires.
Christ has the power to make us alive!
“What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me?” Psalm 116:12
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it Holy. Exodus 20:8-11
My life changed dramatically when I made the life change of keeping the Creation 7th day Sabbath. I believe our Creator God knew that the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual components of our minds and bodies would require 24 hours of healing and restoration.
For our obedience, we live differently from non-Sabbath keepers. Personal testimony: I live without anxieties or worries. How? Through the study of the Scriptures, I know who God really is. My relationship with Christ is growing stronger every day. Most certainly, I face continuous spiritual warfare. And that’s when the praise and worship begin. God has resolved every problem with His Divine Power.
Pray, believe, and expect great blessings. God rewards our faithful obedience. Shut out the noise of the world from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. And your mind will begin to align with the will of God for your life. The faithful are always Victorious Overcomers!
“But as for me, it is good to draw near to God. I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may proclaim all Your works” (Psalm 73:28).
Prayer: God, You Are mighty and Worthy of our highest praise. Thank You, for the peace and well-being that comes from our Sabbath worship, rest, and restoration. In Jesus’ name, Amen.