If you are in Christ, your sins are like a corpse that lays exposed on the ground. They are detestable and grotesque. But they can do you no more harm than a dead body. Turn away from them and do not fear them.
When temptations come, remember your release. They are no more then a band of fog or a mist that comes before your eyes. Pass through them they have no power over you anymore.
What do you owe the Lord Jesus for such a glorious release? You simply owe him everything. You owe him all your fears. You owe him absolute allegiance. You owe him adoration, praise, and thanks. You owe him your very life.
If you busy yourself with a love for Jesus, you will have victory over the things that used to defeat you.
The inverse of all these things is also true. But we are not like those who, once released from bondage in Egypt, complained and desire to go back. Instead, we are a new nation of peoples. Our bodies will not litter the way to the promised land. We will love him with all our heart and arrive set free.
It is far better to agree with the Holy Lord, than to be able to raise the dead. It is far better to die of starvation, if that is His will for you, than to be able to make a banquet appear from nowhere.
It is far better to live in isolation and abandoned by every man, then to distort the Gospel and make it say things for the sake of their itchy ears. It is better to be crucified for the Holy Name of Jesus the Christ of God, than to be loved by every man, woman and child who ever lived.
The Living God will support the one who agrees with his Holy Son. But the one who desires appreciation from man, will find himself starkly alone. It is immeasurably better to agree with the Living God, than to have the smallest of desire granted.
“If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” Miracles do not provide the willing soul that God desires. Instead, God is looking for those who will love him regardless what comes. Isn’t that why he loves his Holy Son so dearly?