Too often the church implies that as soon as we commit our lives to Christ, life is hunky-dory.
We live in peace. Our relationships are healed. And we no longer have the desire to sin. Or we might have it – but all we need to do is claim the grace and power of Jesus and it will go away.
So why is that not happening? Why do we struggle with the same sins over and over? Because we’re missing a key element of Scripture.
The Truth Will Set You Free
Over an over again in Scripture, we see sanctification and transformation associated with truth. We’re saved by grace, but we’re transformed by truth.
Think of John 8:32: The truth will set you free (Jesus said that to Christians so He wasn’t talking about salvation).
John 17:17: Sanctify them in the truth. Your Word is truth. (This is Jesus praying for the disciples before He died.)
Romans 12:2: Be transformed by the renewing of your minds.
Ephesians 4:22-24: Throw off the old man which is being corrupted by the lusts of deceit. Put on the new man which is created in the holiness of the truth.
Then there’s Ephesians 6:10-18, the passage on spiritual warfare (which is what we need to do if we want to break free from our sin): Gird your loins with truth and take up the sword of the spirit which is the Word of God.
We Need the Truth
The truth is, we need the truth if we want to be set free from our sin.
I wish I’d known that when I became a Christian forty years ago. Instead, I spent thirty years stuck at the sinner’s prayer, changing very little from year to year, other than that initial change when I first became a Christian.
In this blog, I share some of the things I did – and am still doing – to get unstuck.
If you’d like to get unstuck in some area of your life, check out the Renewing of the Mind project tab over on the right and join me as we pursue transformation for the purpose of loving God and others better.
Looking forward to our time together,
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