God has given us His Spirit who can and will empower us to overcome the battles within. But we must be willing to allow Him the authority to be in control of our emotions and behaviors, especially those surrounding the toxic shame and false beliefs we have internalized from childhood. This is the very nature of soul work.
Soul work is our intentional desire and commitment to do whatever it takes to align our soul – mind, will, and emotions – with the spirit of God who lives within us. The Bible refers to this as “sanctification,” the process of being transformed progressively into the nature and character of Jesus Christ. It is our soul that must be transformed.
We must remember, “All have sinned and fall short” (Romans 3:23 NIV). Regardless of the darkness and dirtiness of our past, the blood of Christ has saved us from destruction. Though our internal battles may continue to rear their heads at times, the victory is assured because we have placed our faith in Jesus Christ!
Our opportunity to personally experience inner freedom is tied to our willingness to allow the grace of Jesus Christ to transform our hearts in ways that compel us to extend the same undeserved gift to those who have hurt us.
I love this quote by Robert McGee in his book The Search for Significance: “Our ability to extend grace and forgiveness to others will be in direct proportion to our ability to understand our need for the same.”
I Want to Experience This in My Life!
Jesus died for the sins of every person who ever lived and who will ever walk the earth. The Bible tells us, “Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2 NIV). The term “atoning sacrifice” means that the death of Jesus on the cross covered the debt to God that humans owed for contributing to all the evil and death in the world. The blood of Jesus supernaturally washes away all of the damage and side effects of sin, purifying and sanctifying believers.
While Jesus offers forgiveness and salvation to everyone, unfortunately we don’t all accept His gifts. Jesus, God’s Son, saved the world from sin, the power of the devil, and eternity in a real place called hell. He did this through His own perfect life, His death, and His resurrection from the dead.
“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (John 3:16-18 NIV).
Jesus Is The Only Way
Many people choose to not believe in Jesus as their personal Savior. But there is no other way to heaven than through faith alone in Christ alone. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 NIV). The fact that this statement has become controversial – and even divisive – in today’s world does not negate the absoluteness of its truth!
Jesus died for the sins of every person who ever lived – yours and mine, as well as those who may have committed harm against us. That’s how much He loves each of us. If you believe in Him as your Savior, by faith, full forgiveness and salvation is yours.
You don’t receive those gifts by anything you do or don’t do – past, present, or future. Strict compliance to a list of do’s and don’ts is not what Christian salvation is about. Romans 3:20 (NIV) reads, “No one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law.” Titus 3:5 (NIV) says, “He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”
It’s a free gift of undeserved and unconditional love given only by God’s grace. The Bible says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV).
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