There is Now No How For Those Who Are in Jesus
How is defined in the dictionary as “in what manner or way; by what means; a manner or method of doing something”. There is no method, formula, method, principles, steps or way to get free or be sanctified. The reason is because now “IT IS FINISHED (John 19:30). It has all been done. There is nothing that we can do. Scripture is clear that God has taken care of it all. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Gal. 5:1). We died with Christ (Rom. 6:6). We have been buried with Him (Rom. 6:4). We were raised up with Him (Rom. 6:5) and the new creation that we are (2 Cor. 5:17) has been freed from sin (Rom. 6:7). Christ is in me and I am in Christ (John 14:20). Christ is my life (Col. 3:4) and I am complete in Him (Col. 2:10) and you can’t get any more complete than that. I have the full package and lack nothing. My birthright and inheritance as a child of God is freedom in Christ (John 8:32, 36). I am forgiven, justified and sanctified (1 Cor. 6:11). He has raised me up with Christ and seated me with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6). He has given me the victory (1 Cor. 15:57), always leads me in triumph (2 Cor. 2:14)(no matter what it looks like, feels like or seems like) and is working all things for my good (Rom. 8:28).
As long as we search for the “how” to get free, shape up, and get our act together, etc. it always results in futility, frustration and failure, because there is no “How”. As long as we look for it we believe a lie. Truth sets us free (John 8:32) and lies keep us in bondage. Jesus said I am the way and the truth and the life. (John 14:6). Jesus didn’t come to show us a way to do what we needed to do; pray, read our bibles, go to church and abstain from sin. He is the WAY. He didn’t come to come to teach us principles and correct theology so we would know what to do. He is the TRUTH. He didn’t come to shape us up and give us a better way of life. He is the LIFE. He came to kill the old sin-loving sinner that was you and give you a new life – HIS LIFE. He lives in you.
He has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). He has given us Himself. What else could we possibly need? If someone tells you that you need something else, consider it bad advice at best and heresy at worst. He has given us His magnificent and precious promises and as we believe Him and take Him at His word them we partake of what He has already given us; His divine nature (Christ’s life) and as we do we escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
So what should our response be? It could be, “Lord, I don’t really feel like it, look like it and act like it, but I thank you that it is true. I thank You and praise You that You have done it all and there is nothing left for me to do. I choose to trust You, depend on You, and rely on You and Your life in me, which is my life. I choose to believe that truth is what you day regardless of my feelings or actions. I determine to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified (2 Cor. 2:2). I worship you.