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Sin tries to creep into our lives on a regular basis. The devil is relentless. He does not give up. Just because someone decides to be a Christian and follow the things of God, does not mean that the devil backs off and says, "I'm not going to bother him any more. He is seeking God so I'm just going to give him clear passage."

The devil doesn't do that! The reason the devil doesn't do that is because he sees every born again believer, who is turned on to Jesus, as a threat to his kingdom. He knows that one spirit-filled, excited, turned on Bible-believing Christian can deal a severe blow to his kingdom.

God's plan is for everything to reproduce after it's own kind (Gen. 1). In a way, this is what we all do in our daily lives with our lifestyle. Some people are strong and are not influenced by things around them, but many people are. In the world, leaders are few, but followers are many.

If you take a strong stand toward purity in your life, of course not everyone will be influenced, but some will see your lifestyle and feel a draw to attain it for themselves.

A Christian who is not living right, that has sin in their life will not influence the world; in fact, they will be a detriment to the Kingdom. The devil will cause people to look at you and point at you and say, "Look at them. They claim to be a Christian and look at what they are doing."

The devil will use you as a good example of a bad example and people will be turned off toward Jesus. So as Christians we must live holy lives.

Living Above Sin
We can live lives that are above sin. Some people may say, "Well, I can't do that because the Bible says that every one sins." The Bible says that every one was born into sin, but the Bible also says that he who is in Christ is without sin.

You may say, "Well, how can that be?" It is because with the Spirit of God living in you, your spirit does not sin. We need to understand that we are three part beings if we are going to be able to understand that scripture.

Man is a three-part being. If he has received Jesus, he is a spirit that is born again, that is become new. The scripture says when we become born again, when we accept Jesus, that old things pass away, that all things become new. That's talking about your spirit. When we are born again, we become a new creature, a new creation, a new being in Christ. The old man has died and we are resurrected into new life.

The scripture tells us, "Whoever is born of God does not sin" - because the Spirit of God resides in him. That's talking about his spirit. The scripture also says that God renews our spirit day by day. That's why we are without sin.

However, the scripture also says that we need to renew the mind daily through the washing of the Word. That's because the mind is not born again. Even though the spirit is born again, the mind needs to be renewed on a daily basis.

The body is not born again. There will be a time when we will receive a new resurrected, glorified body. Paul talks about it. Paul says in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, we will be changed. He's not talking there about your spirit because your spirit has already been changed. Your spirit is already born again. Your spirit is already without sin. But our bodies are changed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye and we become like Him.

Now with that in mind, we can understand that just because a man is born again and his spirit is fresh and new and clean, does not mean that his mind and body are. And the devil will work on him to try to get him to sin in his flesh. Even though he is born of God, he can still do things that are wrong that are sins.

This is why it is extremely important for Christians to renew their minds daily with the Word of God. Only then can we keep sin out of our lives and only then can we grow in holiness.

Larry Ollison Ministries
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