June 30, 2014
Yesterday my parents and I went to my sister’s church where her husband is the pastor. It was a great sermon. This is some of what I gleaned from it:
Many people strive to become moral and they even do often do so by calling on Jesus to deliver them from their sins. They do often even attend a church, and they may even spend some time in the Word of God. They have swept their house (their spirit) clean. (Mt. 12:44)
However, because such people often become relaxed in their newfound deliverance, they forget to stay alert for the devil’s (and the world’s and their friend’s) persuasions that divert them from actually following after the Lord. For following Jesus is a daily, moment-by-moment walk, not a one-time or lukewarm decision.
Once a person gets delivered from sin, then pride and a judgmental attitude toward others can easily creep into that person’s heart. “I’m walking in freedom,” they think. “Why can’t that other person get free?” And then, instead of realizing that sin is building within them, and that they are in need of a Savior continually, the once-delivered person becomes more and more captive to some other form of bondage, though this time it’s the less obvious kind. And hence this person is more enslaved than ever –worse off at the end than he was at the beginning. (2 Peter 2:20-22)
The world, and especially the churches, are full of people who think they are okay with God because they don’t practice those “bad” sins. But, hardened in the deception they walk in, such people fall further from the God they are required to be one with, the God they are required to know and obey, and the only God through whom they can be eternally saved.
The sermon had many other points, but the above was the central focus. In short, do we rely on the Savior, not our own “goodness”, to walk in deliverance, righteousness, and victory daily?