What is Holding You Back? Part 1


What is the problem? What is that wall that blocks us from going to the other side? What is that thing that
keeps us wandering within the mountains of conformity and mediocrity? When it
comes down to sin, we are all on leveled ground; none of us are exempt, no
matter how high and holy we may feel we are.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23)

 “Ifwe say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

(1John 1:10)

            I also feel prompted by the Holy Spirit to make the
following statement: We must stop using the sin of others as an excuse to
justify our own sin. The same God that is going to judge others for their sin
will judge us for ours. There is an element of making others that are younger
in the faith stumble; however, there is a point of responsibility where we know
enough about the Lord and His ways; at that point, the blaming game stops.

Romans 8:1 tells us:

“There is therefore now no condemnation to
those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk
according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

            The word “condemnation” means, “The judicial act of declaring one’s
guilt.”
In order for us not to be victims of the awfulness of condemnation, we must take a closer look at our
walk. We are called to walk in the Spirit. The Spiritual walk is a walk of love for God,
love for others, sacrifice for the good of our neighbors; it is a walk that
encourages us to forgive, a walk that loves even our worst enemies, a walk that
promotes giving over receiving and taking, a walk that establishes humility as
a central aspect of our personalities, etc.

The Body of Christ desperately needs
a revelation of sin. Many are spending a great deal of energy judging the
homosexuals while ignoring the little things they themselves do in their secret
places. Many others are quick to judge a brother who smokes, but they are bound
by masturbation. Yet, others judge the drug addicts and alcoholics, but are
totally blinded by their personal pride. Beloved, we are going to sin as long
as we live in this flesh. However, I have news for you, as crazy as this may
sound, that does not mean that we are walking in sin. One thing is to stumble
on our way to our destination; the other is to totally change directions. One
thing is to have a flat tire on our way from Florida to North Carolina on
Highway 95 North, fix the tired and keep on going; the other is to take an exit
and turn around by taking 95 South.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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