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GOD’S WORK THROUGH THE TRUTH
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Some teach that all we have to do, having told God that we want to be delivered, is to believe He has done it, and then we shall eventually find that it has happened. Now that teaching is also put like this: You must say to a man who is constantly defeated by a particular sin, “I think your only hope is to take it to Christ, and Christ will take it from you.”
But what does Scripture say in Ephesians 4:28 to the man who finds himself constantly guilty of stealing, to a man who sees something he likes and takes it? What am I to tell such a man? Am I to say, “Take that sin to Christ and ask Him to deliver you”? No. What the apostle Paul tells him is this: “Let him that stole, steal no more.” Just that. Stop doing it! And if it is fornication or adultery or lustful thoughts, again, stop doing it, says Paul. He does not say, “Go and pray to Christ to deliver you.” No. You must stop doing that, he says, as becomes the children of God.
My friends, we have become unscriptural. If you want further evidence, lest somebody thinks it is only the teaching of Paul, let me come to the teaching of the apostle Peter, which is exactly the same—it is the whole teaching of Scripture, which we seem to have forgotten. We read in 1 Peter 1:14-15, “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.” It is something that you have to do. You must turn your back on these things because you are a child of God. Peter does not say, “Surrender it to Christ and ask Him to deliver you from it.” What he says is, “Realize who you are and stop doing it!”
A Thought to Ponder
You must turn your back on these things because you are a child of God.
From Sanctified Through the Truth, pp. 54-55.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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