A true Christian daily struggles with sin

I discovered that the only way to be completely sin-free, is to end my earthly life.

Jesus came, lived and died to save me. From what? From the sting of sin — the eternal death of my soul.

While on earth, we are given a chance to strive to be like Jesus. But, we should not be too concerned about perfection, for it is not the destination but the journey that matters most.  Perfection is not the goal. Knowledge of Jesus  is. Try as we may, we cannot be sin-free while we are alive. But, we can stop living a sinful life while we are following Jesus.

How is that? Here me out.

Perfection is not the goal. Knowledge of Jesus is.

Because if we are STRIVING to know Jesus and become like Jesus each day, the effort itself to know him and be like Him is counted as righteousness, even if we commit sinful acts at times. While on earth, the effort and the journey towards becoming like Jesus is what matters. As long as we are striving, working towards our salvation with fear and trembling — even if we occasionally commit sin, I believe it is not counted as “living a sinful life”.

True believers of Jesus strive to become like Him. And when I say I am striving to be like Jesus, I am not being proud of it. For in my mind, it means the carnal man in me sometimes gets the upper hand, and I succumb to my own fleshly desires; which is swiftly followed by a painful sting of guilt and self-condemnation.

The word “striving” should paint an image of struggling and persevering over our own worst enemy — ourselves, it is never an easy battle and should never be easy.  It should bring to mind a picture of yourself bringing your own cross, occasionally failing and tumbling over and over again until we reach our goal — the place where we will forever crucify ourselves in Him — the day of our own earthly death (or His second coming, whichever comes first).

Striving for holiness is a lifetime journey of perseverance towards learning what it takes to become like Him. And yes, that includes having to deal with your “darling sins” and facing it head on, sometimes failing for the same weakness over and over again.

Because the only way to be completely sin-free, is to end our earthly life.

“For I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Phil 1:6) — or until the day you meet Christ Jesus — whichever comes first.

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  2. “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.”
    Colossians 3:5-6

    Wrath is at hand unless you put an end to it. Kill sin or sin kills you.

  3. IS JOHN 6:53,54 A REFERENCE TO THE LORD’S SUPPER—-BY STEVE FINNELL

    John 6:53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. (NKJV)

    Was Jesus saying unless you participate in the Lord’s Supper you are spiritually dead.

    John 6:54 “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. (NKJV)

    Was Jesus telling the world that unless they participated in the Lord’s Supper that they do not have eternal life?

    Reference: (John 6:22-69) There is no mention of the Lord’s Supper. I would suggest prayerfully reading all 47 verses.

    Eternal life is predicated on believing that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God.

    1. John 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”(NKJV) The message is to believe that Jesus is the Christ. It is not that you will perish if you do not participate in the Lord’s Supper.

    2. John 6:35-36 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 ….you have seen Me yet and do not believe.(NKJV) The message is to believe in Jesus. The message is not about the Lord’s Supper.

    3. John 6:40 “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”(NKJV)
    It is about believing in Jesus for everlasting life. It is not about participating in the Lord’s Supper for everlasting life.

    4. John 6:47-48 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. 48 “I am the bread of life.(NKJV) Everlasting life comes from believing in Jesus. The Lord’s Supper is not the bread of life. Jesus is the bread of life.

    5. John 6:51 “I am the living bread which came down from heaven . If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.'(NKJV) The bread Jesus gave was His life. He died on the cross so all who believe might have eternal life. Jesus did not die on the cross so men could participate in the Lord’s Supper for eternal life.

    6. John 6:69 “Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”(NKJV)

    They did not come to believe in the Lord’s Supper as a requirement for eternal life.

    Mark 16:16 “He who believes believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.(NKJV)

    Jesus did not say he who believes, is baptized and participates in the Lord’s Supper shall be saved.

    Jesus did not say who does not participate in the Lord’s Supper will be condemned.

    In the conversions in the book of Acts, belief in Jesus and water baptism always took place. Not one person was told to take the Lord’s Supper so they could have their sins forgiven. No one was told to arise be baptized wash away your sins, calling on the Lord and to participate in the Lord’s Supper or you have no life in you.

    If men adhere to the terms of pardon; but died before they participated in the Lord’s Supper were they spiritually dead? Will God refuse to raise them up on the Last day.

    Jesus is the bread of life. The Lord’s Supper is not the bread of life.

    THE LORD’S SUPPER

    Corinthians 11:23-26 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. (NKJV)

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