“Your mess does not make you, only the message does.”
The demand of Christian living is to some too enormous, unrealistic and unattainable. Many times it seems like failing to measure up to or meet up with the standard we’ve always heard preached is our end. It is a painful realization of the struggle within from which we desperately would rather be spared from. It becomes a strong reality; a circle that seems to fit yet has no visible end. We are often drawn to conclude that it is a waste of time attempting to overcome the impossible, so we are tempted to give up and give in.
We need to be constantly reassured that, no matter the areas of our lives where we are being faced with constant struggle to please God, it doesn’t diminish nor reduce the father’s love for us. In fact, it doesn’t make us less a Christian. That there is an area of your life where the victory has not turned in physically means you’ve located the area of your life most vulnerable to the enemy’s constant assault. And that is where it ends.
Today, I’m speaking to folks who are considering settling down in their weaknesses. People who have tried many times to keep their body in subjection to the spirit, but their victory still seem elusive. I’m also sending to those whose past is haunting and destroying their joy, fulfillment and pursuit in the present; People who are getting to or have gotten to the point of throwing their hands into the air and burying their heads in the sand of hopelessness. To all these good people I say, cheer up!
GOD KNEW CHRISTIANITY WILL BE A STRUGGLE
Do you know God knew living the Christian life and walking the talk won’t be easy? Do you know He was aware that the humanity in you will continuously haunt, taunt and constantly struggle with the divinity in you? Do you believe He knew it won’t be easy to live a godly life in the present system of things? Do you know and believe that God knows exactly what your weakness is and the challenges it will pose? Do you know God won’t miraculously save or deliver you from being vulnerable? Do you believe God knows your strength, and that any challenge or temptations you are facing, may face and have faced are all within your power to overcome?
Christianity is not a piece of cake, else, grace would not have been made sufficiently available to all that believe and are saved. No wonder God has to come as a human to live as an example for us to follow, touching everything you’ll ever touch, seeing all you now see, and feeling everything you may feel. He came, lived and had victory, hence, he reigns forever because He won on all fronts.
Getting saved (becoming born again) is both cheap, free and easy because it is at someone else expense. Walking the Christian way and living the life on the other hand is so costly that the amount to be payable is grace, which you need to also receive because is not available anywhere accept from above. In summary the Christian live is beyond the normal or natural man, it requires divinity: Christianity is supernatural.
Paul the Apostle wrote in his epistle to the Galatia church that, “..the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another..” Galatians 5:17 (NKJV). Notice the choice of present continuous tense and the capitalizing of Spirit. This indicates that the struggle is not going away. You can’t pray or wish it away, never! It is a reality which you must brace up, open up and learn how to master, else, you’ll be dangerously mastered by it.
Your humanity will always remain with and in you no matter your sanctification and consecration (whatever those mean to you), and your age in Christ (that’s effective from the date you willingly, personally and consciously confess Jesus as Lord and asked that He takes over your heart and life) notwithstanding. Fasting and other piety are good and encouraged but they don’t have the power to automatically override your weakness (es) and allow you always submit your flesh to the Spirit.
Capitalizing the Spirit shows that it isn’t your own human spirit that is in question, but the Spirit of God in you. That is the Holy Spirit who all sincere believers receive at salvation. This is the divinity that comes into you to enable you manifest and exercise the supernatural power in the Christian you have become, thereby, overcoming your undesirable humanity. And there is no other way. Notice also that that simple scripture alludes and gives credence to three separate entities: the flesh, the Spirit and you. So, the battle line is drawn and there is no running away.
Like it or not, choosing to do the right thing so can walk the talk will continue to be your responsibility and choice. No angel, spirit or miracle will make you stop doing what is wrong. It all starts with the choice to do the right. Have you never wondered why there was a forbidden tree in God’s beautiful garden, Eden? The tree remained attractive to our fore progenitors, Adam and Eve, yet God’s instruction do not eat also stared them in the face. So, it’s a matter for them to decide who to follow, and so also will you always continue to choose, by yourself and for yourself.
BE SENSIBLE ENOUGH TO ACCEPT THE HUMANITY IN YOU
No matter the level at which you operate spiritually, never underestimate the humanity in you or try to suppress it or worse still, never deny its existence. Be sensible enough to accept there is humanity in you, so you can move to the next level of overcoming it. Many people are self deceived. Since you deny the existence of your weakness, psychologically you have lied to yourself that you don’t need of God’s divine enabling grace.
Once you deny the existence of a vacuum, then you cannot receive anything to fill that vacuum. Some people think it is unspiritual to admit the presence of sin in one’s life, well, that’s why many fall and they can’t rise because, they are too ashamed to allow the church and the brethren hear that they messed up. There are many things being covered up in the name of spirituality and this is even hurting you further. Why should you be too ashamed to confess that you sinned if you have come to term with your vulnerability; recognized your area of weakness?
Paul the Apostle (God bless him) wrote in Romans 7:14-25 (the problem is that very few of us actually take any time at all to look up God’s word not to talk of studying it) that, he has discovered that sin lives in his flesh and no one can deliver him from the body of flesh which makes him do what he doesn’t normally even want to do. However, he concluded that God through Christ Jesus has brought the solution. Please, guess the solution. The solution is that, he can serve God and obey God with his mind while his flesh obeys sin. What openness and spiritual simplicity.
Many a Christian in their bid to show off their spirituality have vowed that they have never been tempted (that word means the suggestion to do wrong or sin) since they believed. Well! I don’t know or understand that, what I do know is that, suggestions to sin or do wrong will always come but it is now left for you to say no or fail by saying yes. In fact till you draw the last breath, choosing whether to sin or not will continue to be up to you not the angels, God or the Holy Spirit. No wonder John the Apostle wrote in 1 John 2:1, “…I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins,..”. This shows that sinning is totally unacceptable but it is of a truth a possibility. I like all the Apostles, they sincere and down to earth.
Many potential Apostles of our time have been buried and never saw the day because instead of learning how to master their flesh, they learnt they should be invincible. And when this good and sincere people discovered by repeated experience that they were actually not, they gave up that Christianity was way past and beyond them, so they settled down in their weaknesses and refused to try to master themselves. They come to church and in every other places, the testimony they hear from smiling brethren is that of unimaginable untouchable and impeccable track record of victory over sin since salvation. Praise the Lord, hallelujah!
No other person except them seems to be fighting the “Galatian battle”. They had no other choice than to go all the way with their sinfulness knowing there is no middle ground; is either you are born again and so can never sin again or you are not saved so you sin. If only those poor souls read Galatians 6:1 that, “Brethren, if anybody be detected in any misconduct, you who are spiritual should restore such a one in a spirit of meekness. And let each of you keep watch over himself, lest he also fall into temptation” (WNT). This is loaded. It simply means brethren can be tempted and actually fall into the misconduct but keep it secret to the brethren because of fear or shame. However, even when such is detected (that is the culprit didn’t come forward to willingly confess the misconduct), decorum with meekness must be exercised by brethren, not a holier than thou attitude, why? Because, it could be their turn to fall or be caught in a misconduct soon. This also reinstates the possibility of falling, failing or messing up. Period! YOUR MESS IS NOT YOU, DON’T SEE YOURSELF DIFFERENT FROM HOW GOD SEES YOU.