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Freedom From Destructive Habits

I cannot even begin to comprehend how many organizations, groups and things that are devoted to reduce or help cope with destructive habits.  Many of these organizations and groups are wonderful things that provide a great service to many people who are hurting very badly.  However I believe there is one thing many of these groups lack when it comes to coping with destructive habits.  The belief that knowing they are completely spotless in Christ is the secret and key to overcoming addictions and destructive habits.  I can speak on this because I have been in many destructive habits and the thing that liberated me the most when I finally realized that I was completely righteous and blameless in God’s sight because of Christ.

Many times when you focus on destructive habits you focus on the habits that you were once in.  Part of your recovery is to be continually conscious of the behavior you are trying to escape, while I think many groups are successful in their treatment of addictions I believe too much focus on the bad habit itself can lead to sin consciousness.  However, if you are focused on who you are in Christ and focused that you are completely righteous and blameless before God, the focus is then on His goodness and your goodness through Him, not what you lack.

Johnny Mercer once sung, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.”  Now I may not be a doctor or be a trained psychologist but I am proficient in God’s favor and I can tell you that from my experience that the key to overcoming bad habits it to focus on who I am because of God’s goodness and less focus on who I was when I was not walking as closely in the presence of God.  The more and more God is in your life (completely by your choice) the more sin and addictions have no place in your life.

When you realize that God loves you unconditionally despite your failures the more and more you will realize there is no condemnation for you.  And no matter what your failures are, in Christ you are still not condemned.  You are once and always washed perfectly by His blood.  This gift happens the second you accept Him and from there on forward.

..And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”   —   John 8:11

As Jesus is spotless and without blame, so are you in Christ.

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The Power to Sin No More

Today we are going to talk about having a victorious thought life.  The solution to temptations, sinful desires and thoughts is found in the very first verse of Romans 8;  “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”  When you look at the Word through the eye glasses of no condemnation your thoughts change.  Anyone knows that if you think positive and your perspective is good then your life is good no matter what your surroundings are.  If you truly understand that God never condemns you when you are in Christ then all and I mean all of the pressure is off.  You no longer are striving to succeed you simply are resting in God and allowing His blessings to flow through your life.

The verse today is in the present tense, it does not talk about the past.  Today, no matter what your actions or surroundings are, there is no condemnation.  In the world perhaps but not in the eyes of God, isn’t what God thinks after all the important stuff?

So should we do evil and sit still in evil thoughts and desires?  Absolutely not!  Sin cannot take root in those who are full of the consciousness that he or she is righteous in Christ.  Not partially righteous in God’s sight; fully righteous in God’s sight!  You cannot stop thoughts from entering your head but based on your decision on what you believe you can prevent those thoughts from taking root in your soul.  You cannot stop the birds from flying above your head but you can stop them from making a nest on your head.

The key to stopping temptations is at that very moment of the temptation to proclaim your righteousness in Christ.  Satan will have no place in your life when you proclaim that!  The devil has no comeback to the name of Jesus.

As I have stated before; right believing always leads to right living.  When you are conscious of your righteousness in Christ and you live it out and sin will not have room in your life.  Continue to evolve your believes and your conscious and see what happens to sin in your life.  Being conscious of sin leads to more sin.  Being conscious of your righteousness leads to a life you always wanted.

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.   —   Romans 8:1

You now have the power of Christ to rise above your temptation and to rest in your righteous identity in Christ apart from your works.

Receive Jesus’ Shalom

Stress is incredibly common in our society.  Everyone to every degree stresses about something.  In the past few years there has been much more research and attention to what stress actually does to the body.  Stress can cause a number of physical issues that can actually have deadly consequences.  My blogs are not long enough to really get into the details so I would encourage you all to also read up on the recent studies of stress, the problems that stress causes and what some of those problems may be.

Just like sin, when someone tells you not to stress the chances of actually stressing more increases.  I think most of us can come to the conclusion that less stress in our life is a good thing, but how do we go about having less stress?

In the Gospel of John, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  So Jesus peace and being in his presence is the answer, but wait…………..

Jesus would not have used the word “peace.”  The Greek New Testament renders “peace” as eirene, but since Jesus spoke Aramaic-Hebrew, He would have used the word “shalom” — “Shalom I leave with you, My shalom I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.”

In the Hebrew vernacular, “shalom” is a very rich and loaded word.  There is no English word that can accurately encapsulate the fullness, richness and power contained in the word “shalom.”  Hence, English Bible translations were only able to translate it as “peace.”  But while the word “shalom” includes peace, it means so much more.  Let’s look at the Brown Driver&Briggs Hebrew Lexicon to get a better idea of what Jesus meant when He said, “Shalom I leave with you.”

The Hebrew Lexicon describes “shalom” as completeness, safety, soundness (in body), welfare, health, prosperity, peace, quiet, tranquility, contentment, peace used of human relationships, peace with God especially in our covenant relationship and peace from war.”  Wow, what a powerful word!  This is the shalom that Jesus has for you.  Never again should you think of your peace through Christ that He gives as just peace, it is so much more and these things are all part of your inheritance in Christ today!

Can you just see what will happen when you step into His presence and allow His shalom to flow through your life?  It is more than just peace, it is the wholeness of Christ that protects, prospers, gives you life and health.  Enjoy Jesus shalom today!

A heart at peace gives life to the body…   —   Proverbs 14:30

Stress is not from God.  Peace is from Him!

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