In my last blog I outlined a possible scenario facing the world, as major technology comes to control every aspect of our lives. Yes, some of it is benign and helpful, while the certainty of being controlled by an evil despot is also quite real:
Right now people are accepting a computer chip that will contains everything about themselves, but primarily allowing them easy access to payment for goods and services. Just this week thousands of Swedes received this ID. This is convenient and allegedly providing more protection against cyber theft. How long before Americans begin to do the same thing? It all sounds so simple, yet it is the very thing that will cause many to deny Christ:
“And he is given power to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast will even [appear to] speak, and cause those who do not bow down and worship the image of the beast to be put to death. Also he compels all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead [signifying allegiance to the beast], and that no one will be able to buy or sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name”
Salvation in no other
The only true salvation from this is found in the cross of Jesus Christ, who has once for all put away sin by His death on the cross for everyone who will accept His forgiveness bought by His blood.
The cross is the focal point of history, the place of forgiveness for everyone in the human race. The cross is symbolic of our vertical forgiveness from the Father through the Son and our need to horizontally forgive those who offend us. As a wise woman once said, “You can’t be right with God and wrong with people or vice versa.”
It is awesome to know that through this one act we have been forgiven once for all sins and have passed from death to life without condemnation (John 5:24). Upfront we need to understand the Blood of Jesus is for SINS, the cross for the SIN nature and the power of God through the spoken word that brings victory over tormenting spirits.
These spirits will attack as long as they have something to work with, but once their ground of operation is removed (our fleshly responses), they have to leave. Obviously, sometimes we must command them to! Inner healing often uncovers this ground of operation that remains hidden as long as we are in darkness about it (not aware of it), thus giving Satan and his demons room to work. The Holy Spirit gives us light! God in His sovereignty and love may “set up” situations that cause us to see these problems so He can heal us.
The fullness of the work of the Cross
Most Christians understand God’s forgiveness for the Penalty of SINS (eternal life) because of the cross but have often not been taught that it via the work of the cross Christ also conquered the Power of SIN, thereby giving us victory over it. This power was broken because Jesus Christ condemned sin in the flesh (Rom. 8:3) or the Adamic nature in us that we inherited from the first male human. It is very important to understand that the SIN nature produces sins. Trying to get victory over habitual sins is like fruitlessly trimming the branches of a tree (sins) when the tree (sin nature) has to be cut down at the roots to kill it. Not comprehending this produces a continuous cycle of sins, condemnation, repentance, a temporary victory and the repeat of this agonizing experience. The sin nature cannot be improved on or “reformed.” Jesus said what is flesh is flesh and what is spirit is spirit. In other words, the flesh doesn’t change — you can’t reform it. That’s man’s answer — God’s answer is crucifixion!
The “self life” is our biggest problem, not the devil. This carnal self was also dealt with at the cross (Rom. 6:6). Christ gave us a new self when we were born again. If we allow it, the old self will still dominate our lives (and we will remain “self-ish”) unless we have our minds renewed through the Word of God and then allow the Holy Spirit’s power to keep us in the love of God (Jude 22) on a daily basis. The Bible is clear: the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace (Rom. 8:5-7). It is our choice where we set our minds. Most fear we experience is due to the wrong focus.
It is of major importance to understand that when Christ died, our old nature died with Him!This very act excited Paul to the extent that he cried out, “ I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless, I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me!” (Gal. 2:20). Our identity with the truth of this verse sets us free in that we understand we were crucified, dead and buried with Him through baptism (pictures the death to our self life (Rom. 6:1-2)). The cool thing is — WHEN HE ROSE FROM THE GRAVE SO DID WE!!!
Truth comes by revelation
All real truth comes by revelation. Without God’s revelation of truths like these through the sweet Holy Spirit, we remain needlessly captive to our sins, SIN nature and self-life. Daily yielding to His work produces the abundant life that we all seek yet so often fail to obtain. Grace is free but not cheap — it cost Christ everything to give it to us, and it will cost us everything — laying down our self-life — to experience this incredible victory. All that Christ accomplished on the cross is accessed by faith. We do not crucify ourselves! But we must agree – the King James Version uses the phrase “to reckon” – that our old nature indeed died with Christ! To “reckon” means I agree totally with God’s statement that my old nature died with Christ NO MATTER HOW I FEEL!:
“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:11).
Continuing to live in the past is a usually a painful experience. Releasing others and events from our own hearts through forgiveness is mandatory, and replacing lies we believe with the TRUTH about ourselves is liberating.
It is important to realize how to apply the work of the cross, or what is called “BRINGING THINGS TO DEATH ON THE CROSS.” By faith we must actively and vocally say, “I bring this (name the part of the sin nature that you cannot overcome – lying, lust, obsessive- compulsive, performance, bitterness, etc.) to death on the cross.” This may need to be done regularly until you see this habit, sin, difficulty lose its grip.
This is the methodology for bringing structures to death on the cross
- Recognition – To see patterns and how they are affecting our lives and those of others.
- Repentance – Choosing change, determining to stop patterns by bringing judgments and ?expectations to death on the cross in prayer.
- Prayer – specific, focused and Spirit led.
- Prayers of forgiveness – Pray out loud, “I choose to forgive Mom, Dad, _____ others. ?Forgive me, Lord, for resenting/hating…
- Prayers of death – To demolish strongholds/structures of judgment & expectancy, habits, ?attitudes & reflexes by taking them to the cross (Gal. 2:20; Gal 5:24).
- Prayers of resurrection & life – “Lord, restore (be specific) or say reverse the old pattern; ?restore to new life & give a new heart in the place where the old heart has ruled.”