This past week I have been spending a lot of time in the Bible. I’ve been trying to figure out all I need to say about the things I want to clarify in last week’s post: What Is Godly/Holy Living | Am I Living A Defiled Life?
God has been giving me multiple scriptures to support where I was led in the post, but He’s helped me understand the perspective of why some might struggle with the post as well. I have a lot I want to cover, and I already had a post written. But it just wasn’t enough for me to have it written. I needed more and I wanted to be grounded better.
So, I prayed.
I prayed for Him to direct me with multiple scripture and sound teachers. For the past three straight days He has continued to do just that.
So here is a snippet of what I want to cover and what I realize:
- People are confusing holiness living and sanctification topics on my blog for promoting legalism. I’m going to try to make sure I have other scripture that explains we are sinners, and that believers sin. This is an issue I’ve had since 2017, it might relate to topics with the assumptions that tend to go with them.
- We can receive salvation through belief in faith in Jesus alone. I say this in my posts and somehow it gets ignored. But this doesn’t mean because of grace we continue to sin (Romans 6). This doesn’t mean we’re perfect (flawless without sin) either, but through the Holy Spirit He helps renew our minds, we grow in Him, and we continue to become sanctified. Not being perfect doesn’t mean we fall from salvation, rather, we are striving (daily) for a sanctified life that only comes from Jesus justifying us, and we see the fruit of it in our lives, a transformation.
- Because of this, I want to clarify and continue to make sure people understand that repentance IS STILL NEEDED! The Lord’s Prayer talks about how we need to pray for forgiveness of our sins. The book of Psalms tells us we have secret sin we aren’t even aware of, and should pray about.
- A huge reason I go into specifics about analyzing our lives and possible sin in our lives is so we are directed to Jesus. We can repent of our sin through Jesus, and altogether grow more in Christ (this doesn’t mean repentance is what causes salvation, but after we receive Jesus repentance is something that comes out of that and continues to come out of living a new life in Him.) Salvation and repentance of sins are cohesive. They work together because of what Jesus did on the cross. Through Him, we CAN repent and fully turn away from sin. This doesn’t mean we have no sinful thoughts or struggles at all, but nonetheless, we can turn from sin through true repentance! – There are many false believers because they are under false teachings. They do not see the fruit of the Holy Spirit in their life. They never truly sought Jesus and followed Him. They have sin in their life they never truly repented from because they do not have the Savior.
- If people feel convicted because they are committing a sin that I discuss in my posts, I do not apologize, and all the more reason to please go to Jesus! Look at what scripture says about the sin. In order to truly endure temptation, we have to be picking up the armor of God and wear it correctly, and we cannot do that without accepting and believing in our Savior Jesus Christ first!
We need to stop allowing snares and roadblocks in our lives that hinder us from getting closer to Jesus and be willing to look at what might be hindering our focus to Jesus in our life, even if we don’t want to give it up. I’ve shared my struggle with sin for this reason, and why I don’t want others to waste this precious time in their life not having a true gaze on Jesus.
Holiness and sanctification are not what leads to salvation, rather, salvation opens our eyes to what is holy and what is not.
Okay, that’s as short as a summary I can muster. I really am learning a lot. I understand the importance to make sure people are not misunderstanding holiness and sanctification for legalism.
I’m trying, and I’m not going to give up. ❤