Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Christmas Light

This Present Darkness

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. (Isaiah 5)

The Christmas Light

The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Matthew 4)

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1Peter 2)

 

 

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Our souls have become structured over the years by layers of self-protective, self-centered lies that we have judged and accepted as beneficial to our mission of obtaining and maintaining positive self-esteem. This dysfunctional soul structure that we have constructed on the foundation of self-centered, self-protective striving must be deconstructed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Judgments that have become the foundation of beliefs residing in our soul which encourage and support the ungodly choices that we are making today must be detected, unearthed, and removed in order for Christlike character to be developed within us (1Cor. 11:28-31).
Sin strongholds arising from root judgments will never be overcome in our life by simply suppressing negative feelings and urges or avoiding certain situations and circumstances. These measures may be necessary, but they are only temporary, stopgap measures and do not deal with the real source of the problem (Col. 2:20-23).
If we truly desire freedom from our pervasive struggle with โ€œFor what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doingโ€ (Rom 7:19), we must be willing to allow the law of the Spirit of life to set us free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8: 2). The law of sin and death only has power in our lives through the lies working in our souls that are keeping us from the freedom of truth. The law of the Spirit of life is effectually the power of truth, by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross working in our souls to free us from the power of the lies. The law of the Spirit of life is the Holy Spirit actualizing the finished work of Christ in the individual Christian.