Have you ever felt as a Christian like you were two different persons? One with a good nature and the other with an evil nature? Have you ever wondered why you want to be good and at the same time like the evil that you do too? It is because you have two natures in you. The righteous nature that God gave you when you received Christ into your life and the flesh or the old nature that still hangs on with you. The life of Christ in you wants to do good but the old nature that came from fallen Adam wants to do evil. So how do you overcome the old nature and allow the life of Christ to be manifested in you? The way of escape is the cross. The Bible says that you were crucified with Christ when He died on the cross even though you were yet to be born. That means that your old nature was crucified with Christ on the cross. What was the need for God to crucify you on the cross? It was because there was no hope in your old man for God to do any kind of repair work. Your old nature had to crucified on the cross because there was no longer any possibility to make it good again. So, if our old nature has been crucified on the cross, why do we still have problems with sin and failures in our Christian life? My friend, you have to understand that it is not enough to just know the fact that our old nature has been crucified with Christ on the cross. You have to understand that there is still a step you must take for the fact of the cross to become real in your life. God has declared that you were crucified with Christ and now it is you who has to declare like the Apostle Paul that Yes, it is true that I am crucified with Christ. There is a difference with knowing the fact and applying the fact in your life. You apply the fact of the cross in your life by agreeing with God that indeed there is no hope in your flesh or your old nature so you accept why God had to crucify you. You go so far as to declare that, Yes Lord, nothing good dwells in me so it is right for you to have crucified me on the cross with Christ. I accept what you have done to me on the cross and now by faith I allow the life of Christ to live in me and be manifested in my life. As you keep on applying faith, you will see that you are now learning to walk in holiness and love and that God Himself causes you to become like His Son because now it is no longer you living but Christ living in you. This is when the battle between the good and the evil in you stops and you learn that God demands not only outward obedience but purity of heart and mind from the inside which is only possible by Christ living in you by faith.
When the Bible says that we are not to love money, does it mean that we are to hate money? Money is something that is very neutral and can be used for either good or bad purposes. So, naturally, we should understand that God was not telling us to hate money but rather guard ourselves against greediness and pursuing money for the sake of money. We need people in the kingdom who will earn money and support God’s work. There is nothing wrong in that as long as everything is done legitimately. But many believers consider business and money to be a dirty word. That is nothing but hypocrisy. Even the earthly father of Jesus was a businessman because the Bible says that he was a carpenter. He made furniture and other stuff for people and charged them for that. There is nothing wrong with business or money. It all depends on how you use them. You can be corrupt not only in business but also in managing money in the Church or some other Ministry. Do not pretend like you are not interested in money. We all need money and we have to use our creative minds and wisdom from God to find ways to earn money legitimately. Remove the blockage from your mind that money is evil and God will open doors for you to earn wealth. For the Bible says in Deuteronomy that God is the one who gives us the power to gain wealth. Money is not evil. It is the love of money that is wrong. Do not be ashamed to do business as a Christian. We need Christians not only as businessmen but also in other fields as actors, comedians, sports persons etc. Money is a blessing from God. So, use it wisely when you have it.
My dear friend, are you struggling with some problem today? Do you have worries and cares? Are the burdens too hard to bear? Are there temptations you find hard to resist? I am here to tell you that there is a way out. You will not find the solution in your struggling and vain attempts to be free. My dear friend, Victory is not something you achieve. It is a gift of God. Let me go so far as to say that Victory is a Person and He is none other than Jesus Christ, the Son of God who solved all your problems 2000 years ago when He died on the cross and declared, “It is finished”. My dear friend, open your heart to Him and listen to the Spirit saying, “The battles you face are not yours but His because the battle belongs to the Lord.” Victory does not come from the east or the west or from the strength of human flesh. Victory comes from the Lord. Are you tired today because of your struggles? Remember, God is waiting for you to surrender everything in His hands and trust Him completely. Stop trying to win. Stop the fighting and the struggling. Take your burdens to the Lord and leave it there. Put a song in your lips and sing praises to Him by faith. Let Him know that you trust Him and are believing in His mighty power to rise in you. God cares for you and He will not fail you. My friend, Victory is a Person and that Person loves you so dearly that He wants to deliver you from all your problems. He is just asking you to give your troubles to Him and He will give you beauty for your ashes and joy for your sorrow. God loves you dearly; trust me, He will not fail you.