“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)
Early in my journey on the road to victorious living, I kept hitting a road block. I tried very hard not to sin, but I continued to fail in various areas of my everyday life. I would study all day until I couldn’t read anymore. Then I would get frustrated, and feel tired and burnt-out, so to speak. But one day the Lord asked, Why are you so weary? I was helpless.
He opened up His Word to me in a conversation he had with Zerubbabel in Zechariah 4:6:
“…Not by might (human), nor by power (human), but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”
A ton of bricks dropped off my shoulders, because I realized I was tired of working for a relationship with the Lord by means of my flesh, my own strength and power.
But Glory be to God, He revealed in His Son a perfect Work, a Gift, for which I had to do nothing. As we receive faith, thus believing in what He did at Calvary; and the Holy Spirit will perform His Work in our hearts and lives.
The message of Faith in the Cross for Salvation and Sanctification saved my life!
Our God is Holy, Right, and Just. For us to live for Him, and be in His Presence, demands a Righteousness that we cannot attain within our own strength. If true Holiness is demanded, of which we do not possess; how do we live and/or walk “after the Spirit”?
The only way to affect change in our way of thinking, breathing, and over-all manner of life, is to receive faith in the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross. This is God’s prescribed order of Victory.
Faith in the Blood means the Holy Spirit can work His Work in our lives; prompting and motivating us to do right, and walk after the Spirit. As I stated, this can only be done according to God’s prescribed order of Victory; which is for the believer to understand that everything we receive from the Lord comes to us exclusively by the means of the Cross, i.e. the Blood.
Christ is the Source, but the Cross is the Means; consequently the Cross must ever be the Object of our Faith. That done, the Holy Spirit will then perform His Work of Christ-likeness within our hearts and lives. (See Galatians 2:20-21; Romans 6:13-14; 8:1-11.)