Missing the Mark…

My thoughts today dwell on what sin does in our life.

SIN creates spiritual decay to the mind, soul and body.

SIN brings suffering and death.

We must submit to God’s instructions. We are nothing in our self (the natural man) but in Christ we are everything. In Him we live, move and have our existence. In Him, in Christ we are victorious. To be in Him we must submit to His will, His Word.

To follow Christ, means more than obeying and submitting to God’s commandments.

To follow Christ is to walk in His ways as written throughout the Bible.

To follow Christ means to deny self, selfish desires, and the struggle to put God first. We can do ALL things through Christ that strengthens us. Put on the things that are of good report.

Do not give ANY thought, any place, for those things that are not good or of good report. Yes, this is real suffering. In this way we as humans carry the same cross through life that Jesus did.

  • Philippians 1:29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.

There is a struggle that is particularly difficult in today’s world and that is the spiritual fight that must take place to put down thoughts and actions, threatening the relationship between God and one of His children. To maintain closeness to God, a person must think and act like God does.

The Greek word for Sin is “hamartia” meaning “misses the mark” and in the Hebrew there are many meanings, “hata, pasha- trespass–rebelliousness, aveira- transgression, avone- iniquity-a sin done out of moral failing”.

  • Paul wrote to Christians encouraging them in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.

    2 Corinthians 10:5-7 (KJV) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. Do ye look on things after the outward appearance?

In other words, we must always evaluate the obvious facts. We must know who we are and whose we are. As a believer we are Christ’s and we are an overcomer. We are not to follow after the natural, carnal ways of man but are to follow after Godly ways, that of holiness, purity and Godliness.

Yes, the Holy Spirit who resides in us will teach us God’s righteousness. In ourselves we are sinful but in Christ we are made anew and righteous, with a new spirit. Simply put, we are a new creature only as we stay in Christ Jesus.

As always, love in Christ Jesus,
Paul Lundmark

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