Who is LORD over you?
by Olabisi Obideyi
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"For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid". ~Romans 6:14-15
Blessing is something that is only possible to have in righteousness and not in sinfulness. Many people want the blessings of Christianity but are unwilling to live a sin free Christian life. This is like saying you want to have your cake and still eat it. People get excited and shout a big 'Amen' when they hear those "you are blessed or will be blessed" prayers. But when the message of repentance and righteousness is preached it is more often received with a stone cold reaction.
The fact is we cannot allow reaction to dictate our message. Whether or not we get a big "Amen', few likes or no likes, we must continue to show true love to sinners by preaching repentance and righteousness in every channel of communication.
Attaining righteousness through total surrendering of our life to Christ is what Christianity is about. True Christianity is all about accepting Christ who is God's Righteousness revealed not just as Saviour only but as personal LORD. To say you have accepted Christ as LORD and Saviour is to say you are willing to totally submit all to His righteous Lordship, authority and dominion. Meaning ready to live a sin free life.
Today although several people profess Christ to be their Saviour they are unwilling to yeild their members to His LORDSHIP and they continue to live a sinful life. They justify their sinful lifestyle with a grace argument such as: God is gracious and He loves us regardless. God indeed loves us and He evidenced His love for us by sacrificing Christ His only begotten Son for us as propitiation for our sins. However, God's judgement for sin remains death and God did not manifest His grace for us in form of Christ so we can make a mockery of His grace by continuing in sin. Instead, God expects us to repent from sinning and believe in Christ His only begotten Son to avoid the judgement of sin (John 3:16, Romans 6:23).
Christ is God in the flesh and as God in the flesh, righteousness revealed (John 1:1-14). Therefore we cannot say we truly believe in Christ's divine nature of sinlessness and righteousness if we are unwilling to submit to His righteous Lordship and holy dominion. Justifying wilful continuation in sin by an argument of grace is in effect equivalent to saying: Although you are married to someone you profess loves you dearly that you also claim to love dearly, it is perfectly okay for you to continue to have an adulterous relationship on the side with someone else you have vowed to never again have anything to do with.
Sin is a curse in the soul and to live in sin is to have an open gateway for the enemy to dominate the soul. And the only way one can shut down such gateway is by dying to self and choosing to live a sin free life in Christ.
Today we all need to examine ourselves and ask: Does my lifestyle evidence total submission to Christ's Lordship? Or am I just excited about the idea of Christ being a Saviour but completely unwilling in my heart to submit to His Lordship so I can be truly saved? We are all born sinners. And the only way we can avoid judgement of sin is by ending our journey here still in Christ as our personal LORD and Saviour.
We live in a world where those that are lost and spiritually dead and in need of salvation are daily busy trying to save one thing or the other. If it is not tree it is some animal. The fact however, is the only one that can save man from wages of sin, which is eternal death damnation in hell is Christ Jesus. Christ as a Saviour is LORD and we cannot call Him Saviour yet refuse to submit to His Lordship. Christ is Saviour only to those who not only profess by their mouth that He is their personal Saviour but who also surrenders in their hearts to His Lordship dominion as the only true Saviour. And if we are truly in submission to His Lordship we will not make a mockery of grace by continuing in sinfulness. God is truly gracious but His judgement wrath for sinfulness remains death (Romans 6:23). Let us therefore truly seek to repent and stay repented for the kingdom of God is indeed at hand! To contact the author please visit: www.encouragedbygod.com or www,freedomhouseintministries.com
Shalom to all saints
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