“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” (Phil. 2:12)
You are being saved from yourself, if you allow the Holy Spirit to help you.
I know that sounds oxymoronic, but it is truth, in the greatest sense there are three beings, three entities living inside the body of every born-again believer, the first of course is the Holy Spirit, who is given as a surety, a down payment (2 Cor. 1:22) to all who have given their lives to Jesus Christ.
The second is the you that you are, perhaps more specifically, the person that you want to be in Christ, a humble, loving servant of the Lord God, willingly obedient continuously to His will and Word.
The third of course is the old man, the sinful nature that just will not die, the one that wants to tell God to “Just leave me alone so I can live my life like I want to.”
We try to keep him in chains, under lock and key behind a bolted door, buried deep down inside so no one will see him, even attempting to deny his existence within ourselves, but we fail miserably, and anyone who claims Christ as Lord who says differently is not being honest with themself.
How many times have you prayed to be inconvenienced for His glory, how many times have you been thrilled to have just a few moments to spend in His Word, how often do you desire that all of the world around you would just dissolve so you could spend time doing nothing but contemplating His Word? Be honest with yourself.
My husband is prompted daily, sometimes twice a day to write these letters, not to seek an answer from you in the comment section on the borrowed truths website, but so that all who read them will glorify God in their lives each moment of every day.
I can recall no times in the Scriptures where God sent a messenger and then told them to return to Him with that person’s response to the message. We are sent with a message, how that person responds to that message is not in our control.
We are being saved from ourselves, the old nature loves that heart of stone, he could care less about other people, he wants to do what he wants to do without any accountability or any repercussions. He loves our bad habits, our sinful thoughts he enjoys, and he loves to lead us down paths that we know we should not tread, and that part of us that is being sanctified today sometimes is more than willing to follow.
Satan may assist in this at certain seasons, but only if you have been noticed by him, and it is sad to say, but I believe that few Christians have. They sure do like to blame him for those times though, wouldn’t want to admit that it is actually us who still holds within us the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life, (1 John 2:16) would we?
“He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” (John 12:25)
This doesn’t just mean a form of self-love, but the desire to keep that old man around, to enjoy those pleasures willingly and with great intent and enjoyment at times. You can fight that old nature all you want, you can read self-help books, use great caution everyday to not fall into temptations, but without the Holy Spirit’s influence upon you being adhered to, you will lose that battle every time.
Many hide from these truths, as stated, they would just as soon blame our adversary, while others will use 1 John 1:9 as a catch all, if you will, several times a day in fact. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Not because they are truly repentant of the sin they find themselves in, but only because of feelings of remorse. You could call it “forced attrition,” if you like. Feeling bad for the moment, but changing nothing in the long run.
I have actually met those who claim that since they were saved, they have not committed any sins, going completely against the Word of God in 1 John 1:8, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
Admit it to yourself, the old sinful nature is going to be with you until the moment of your day of accounting, (Romans 14:12) it will still be with you when you meet the Lord Jesus Christ for the first time face-to-face, and then it will be removed forever, then He will cast it from your presence, and you will be glorified.
Fight that old nature every day, hate him with every fiber of your being every time he raises his ugly head, pray without ceasing upon this, for the battle will not stop until that moment when the Lord casts him far from you for all eternity.
And good riddance to him.