Here is the fact of the matter: We will not prosper by the help of anyone but God. Try all we want to cleanse ourselves, try to live godly if you must, but we will utterly fail until we TRUST in Jesus Christ.
1 God gave His Son, and He will accept no other offering. He put away sin, but you cannot by any other means! If righteousness comes by the law, then Christ died in vain, and if there was anything we could do to please God, then Christ would never have died. He is the Substitute because He’s the only way for God to be Just and justify the ungodly. He is the only way God can forgive.
Turn away from every other hope of righteousness and believe on Him. He will receive you - not because you are innocent, but because YOU ARE GUILTY, and He cleanses.
2 Try all you want to be happy; it is impossible. “You will not prosper.” God will not bless anything but faith in Christ. You’ll never have the fruit of the Spirit, until you rest in Christ and expect God’s blessing because He we good: He paid for sins and earned the goodness God gives us. Then, the blessing will come, even love, joy, and peace [Gal 5:22]. Then the heavy burden will be lifted, not only with forgiveness but with power over sin. Then, we will live godly with JOY in our heart, and the abundant life promised will dwell in us without our futile efforts.
We must believe or oppression will weigh us down. We will be burdened and heavy laden.
3 Brothers, we must do God’s will. There is no possibility of the Spirit enabling us to live for self! He is the Holy Spirit, and He must cause us to keep Christ’s commands [John 14:15]. We must love our neighbor and spread the gospel, getting it to our hearts with power. We must live abandoned to Christ, a selfless life, because we CANNOT have the Spirit to live otherwise. Jesus said, “Follow Me,” and all power and glory is in His hand! He is the One that is worthy, and to Him our life belongs, if we will be satisfied the only way possible, which is doing God’s will.
→ Brothers, if you turn to Christ for these things, then He will receive you, but NOTHING else works.
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