HELP! AM SAVED YET I CAN’T BREAK OFF THE OLD WAY
Calm down i understand what you have been through trying to break off the old way. i can relate to those times you prayed and fast just to get it right. i know you may have been out for altar calls many times yet no result because i was once like that. i can’t even count how many times i did that until the Savior Himself helped me and saved me. As a matter of fact i was a member of a prayer warrior group when i got saved for real. I’ve through been that before and believe me many people are going through what you are facing right now. The Good news is you can life a dominated life above sin through the grace of the Lord Jesus.
Now to be blunt, you know i don’t like decorating my words. let say the truth as it is so that we can actually see where we got it all wrong and fix it. If you claim to be born again, regenerated and spirit filled but your comportment, manner of speech, moral behavior and lifestyle generally is still pointing to the way you were before you met Christ as you claim then the genuineness of your salvation is highly questionable.
Have you ever seen brothers and sisters that claim they are born again, join the work force (mostly in choir and ushering department), even became trained minister and head a church yet in some years time you begin to ask yourself if they are really born again. It may even be you reading this, you know you have given your life to Christ but you find it hard to break off from old lifestyle, this article is for you.
Where did we got it all wrong?
Can we be real to ourselves, think of the high rate of decadence in our society all over the world despite having churches all over the place? In every street and corner, every parking space and hall, you will find a church building parked full with “Christians” every service day. My question is why the decadence in the moral attitude of the society if the same people that are in our services are still the same people in the community? The church really has a lot of tidying up to do because nations all over the world are beginning to point to the church as the sole problem of the society.
Gone are the days when villages, cities, and nations turned to the church for help. If we should call a spade a spade, the church (The Body of Christ) has shifted from the track laid down by the Lord Jesus. They have left the core gospel to purpose materially and financial wealth. They have left discipleship in their quest of church growth. The members are weaned and have come to spiritual drought and deadness crying heavily for help yet those in the affairs can see something wrong but are blinded by the magnificent structure of the church and the teemed crowd on Sunday service. The church that supposes to transform the society is now conforming to the society. The church is no more taking “the WORD” (The gospel) to the world but are bring the world system (lifestyle) to replace the word. Aaaah, sheep are going astray day after day because the shepherd is feasting in the house. Ooh! May God return back true shepherd heart to our church leaders. Only few are still doing the work according to pattern. Check your church, if they don’t help you to grow towards God please relocate. It is better to relocate now than to get an allocation in hell.
The preacher had done a great work by presenting the gospel in a way that it captures your heart towards repentance. With the help of the Holy Spirit you defied all shame to come out for altar call, promising your yourself and the Lord Jesus that you are sorry, you won’t do it again. But can you even count how many time you have cried and many huge promises to the Lord and your that you won’t do it again but almost immediately after that you did it, some might take some days or at most some weeks before the realized they are back to am sorry Lord. Truthfully, you are sorry (for the moment) but in real sense you just want to lift the burden of guilty from the preacher’s message. This is where many church people missed it. Let me show you something
From Heb 6:1 therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God
Repentance is more than simply acknowledging wrongdoings. It is a change of mind and heart. It includes turning away from sin and turning and yielding to God. This can only be motivated by your love for God and the sincere desire to obey His commandments.
Also in Proverb 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso CONFESSETH AND FORSAKETH them shall have mercy. Can you notice the two capitalized and bold words. That’s the key to repentance but majority are in the valley of confessing day after day but never forsake. No amount of confession can deal with the power of sin not until you are determined to forsake it then grace will come.
Of a truth, your lifestyle was bad before you met the Lord, do you think your lifestyle should remain the same or even get worse after you claim you met the Savior (God forbid). There must be drastic notable changes. He that stole should not steal again and must not continue to enjoy the use of the stolen properties (ask Zaccheous). Those in fraudulent business must renounce and stop it and stop associating with his fraudulent business partner. (Let me say something here, if the same friends you have before you were born again are still you close ally after you are born again something must be wrong somewhere). The married man who keeps a mistress (es) must break the friendship and keep to his wife. Whatever the old lifestyle is from fornication, to masturbation to double dating to prostitute to yahoo plus to smoking to drinking…the formular is repent, forsake them and yield yourself to obey God (simplified= be determined to stop it + block off the source (stay clear from the attraction, you can’t stay close to fire and not be burnt) + obey the written word of God).
Let us know and be without doubt that you are now a new creature, old things have passed away and all things are now new. you can click here on how to get back on the track.
In my little journey in the race, I have noticed that many are truly saved (they have experience salvation) but many are not regenerated. You must understand that at the point of salvation only your spirit man is being saved (your spirit is the one that is being born again), there is still need for your soul to be transformed by yielding to the new nature in your spirit man which in turn will affect the output of the flesh. The transformation of your soul is crucial to you experience the new nature in Christ Jesus. Many Christians stopped at the point of being saved and they neglected the transformation of their soul. That’s why we have Christians, workers, ministers that are “born again” yet are liars. Born again yet with same old lifestyle. Your salvation experience is not all in all, you need to be transformed to experience the new nature in Christ Jesus.
Transformation of the mind is the deal and it takes conscious effort. You are saved by grace yet you have a responsibility in partnering with the Holy Spirit to ensure that your life yield to the dealings of the Holy Spirit. Jesus won’t force this way into you. Remember he said he’s standing at the door knocking not to force to enter. He will only come to those who are willing. He won’t force His nature into us. He has given us this new nature its now our duty to put it on. Apostle Paul was admonishing that we should put off the old man and put on the new. Colossians 3:9 lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds. You will do the putting off of the old man and putting on of the new nature which is already given to your. How will you do this: simply reading your bible (the written word of God) and applying it. It’s simple but its simplicity lies the key to transformation. The bible is the written word of God. It reveals the mind of God to us. It shows the dealing of God towards man. In it we learn more about God and His nature. The more you open your bible to study, the more you imbibe His nature.
The Help of Holy Spirit
No matter how much you try to struggle with the flesh, you cannot overcome the flesh by your will power. The more you try the more you will realized you failed. Will Power can only get you going for some hours, days or weeks but only the supply of the Spirit can keep you above the flesh forever. Your will power is only needed to start on this part but it can’t sustain you without the help of the Holy Spirit. The supply of the Spirit is available to those who can surrender themselves to the leading of the Spirit. you need the help of the Holy Spirit in your struggle again the flesh.
In conclusion, I will say we should all work towards transforming our mind. When we read the scripture, it should be to know God’s mind and not just to have something to preach or research to prove. You can have dominion over the flesh when you yield yourself to please and obey God.
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