Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Do you have the Spirit to guide you?

And I [God] will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. ~ Ezekiel 36:27
Today we've become convinced that God wants us to be happy so we should be able to do anything that makes us happy. In the US at least, too many of today's Christians believe they serve a God who doesn't mind if they violate His laws and decrees.
In Hebrews, Paul told us Jesus Christ is and always has been the same. In Matthew, Jesus told us He did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. It is wrong to think that believing in Christ gives us carte blanche regarding God's laws.
Christ didn't come so that we can sin freely, or redefine sin, or refute that sin even exists. Jesus came to pay the price for our violations of the law, but that certainly doesn't mean He is pleased when we sin, or doesn't mind if we sin. In Romans, Paul makes this absolutely clear!
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! ~ Romans 6:15
Here in Ezekiel, God tells us that when we belong to Him, He will give us the Spirit to guide us. Does that mean we will be perfect? By no means! We are flawed humans with a free will, and every one of us is a sinner.
But, if we constantly find ourselves going against the laws and decrees God laid out for us in the Bible, one must wonder if he really has that promised Spirit. If we can sin freely without remorse, we should wonder if we've really given ourselves to God. If we claim that God's word is wrong and our 21st century ideals are right, are we really in submission to God's will?
I can't believe we are.
If I'm not motivated to seek out God's will, but instead work to convince everyone that my will is God's will, then I have to believe I lack that promised Spirit. That means I'm not where I need to be. That means I need to rethink my position. That means I need to change. That means I need to submit.