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The Daily Word of Righteousness
A Giant Step Forward, #11
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. (Deuteronomy 8:3)
The first branch of sin has to do with our looking to the Lord Jesus for every thought we think, every word we speak, and every action we take. To not do so is sin. We are without condemnation provided we are earnestly seeking the Lord to show us how to live by every Word that comes from the mouth of God.
The second branch of sin has to do with our continuing as a slave to our sinful nature.
We find deliverance from the first branch of sin by continuing to move forward in the ability to look to the Lord for everything.
We obtain deliverance from the second branch of sin by clearly confessing, vigorously denouncing, and mightily renouncing the sinful deeds of our flesh.
We name our sin to the Lord clearly: "I have lied; I have stolen; I have fornicated; I have gossiped; I have used profanity; I have continued in hatred; I have slandered; I have been unfaithful to my wife; I have been cruel; I abuse my body with cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs". We confess, denounce, and renounce any and all deeds of the sinful nature that the Holy Spirit brings to our attention.
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; Idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions And envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
These are chains of Satan.
We are to confess to the Lord specifically what we have done.
We then are to denounce the behavior as unworthy of the Kingdom of God. It belongs in the Lake of Fire.
Now we are to renounce the behavior, telling the Lord we want it out of us; we want nothing more to do with it ever again.
The reason believers sometimes are not delivered from moral sin when they are prayed for is that they do not denounce and renounce the behavior with enough conviction and strength. We have to let the spirit world know this is a filthy habit and we want nothing more to do with it. It may help to also let people know of our decision.
The Lord Jesus Christ has enough power to set us free from any behavior we name. He is waiting for us to make up our mind we are finished with it.
The deliverance may not come instantly, but we can be certain that if we are serious, the Lord will bring us along the path of total deliverance.
It never is the will of the Lord Jesus Christ that a Christian continue in known sin. But there may be a prolonged battle over some issue in our life, and we may have to ask for the help of other Christians as we seek deliverance.
To be continued.