God promises abundant life when a man becomes born again Jn. 10:10; Matt. 11:28-29. But we have too many that claim to be born again who are not reflecting the abundant life. The reason for this is either they lack the understanding of what it takes, or are slack at taking responsibility of what is required of them Hos. 4:6; Eccl. 10:15; Jos. 18:3. From scriptures, we understand that the fundamental demand to experience the abundant life is godliness as a lifestyle 2Tim. 2:19-22; Pro. 14:34; Gen. 17:1-2. Sin is a robber; it will rob any man of glory and the believer of all the benefits of redemption if not taken care of on time Rms. 3:23.
The Cost of Ungodliness.
By redemption, the believer is ordained for continuous breakthrough, where he keeps making progress in life Pro. 4:18. Sin gives the enemy the licence to close the doors of destiny against an individual, thereby denying him of breakthrough and progress.
Sin is a destroyer; it will destroy the life of any man who accommodates it. It destroyed great lives in the past, since there is nothing new under the sun, the devil is still using it to destroy great destinies today Eccl. 1:9; Ezk. 18:4; Rms. 6:23. Any man that does not want to be destroyed must get rid of sin on time in his life.
Scriptures make us to understand that unrighteousness will deny any man from making it to eternity with Christ. Heaven and hell are real; they are more real that the present world we live in. And to miss heaven will be the worst mistake anyone will make in life.
The Way Out.
Sin has a solution; this is the reason why there will be no excuse for anyone that remains in sin on the last day. The solution for sin is REPENTANCE Acts 2:37-38.
Demands for Godliness.
After repentance, there are demands the believer must embrace to live without sin or live in godliness.
Godliness is not possible without being empowered by the Holy Spirit for it, and this is by the Spirit of holiness Rms. 1:4; 8:13. But it takes desperation for the believer to be endued with the Spirit of holiness Matt. 5:6.
The blood of Jesus is God’s last card against every onslaught from hell; it guarantees victory over sin Zch. 9:11-12; Rev. 12:11. It has the power to take out sin from its root, which is the heart of man Heb. 9:14. We engage the blood by pleading, drinking and sprinkling it Zch. 9:11-12; Jn. 6:53-54; Heb. 12:24.
Sin has its roots on the inside of man, the thoughts Jms. 1:13-16; Matt. 7:21-23. True and lasting victory over sin will only be achieved when the individual takes it off from his thoughts. Scriptures make us to understand that we have power to determine our thought Pro. 4:23. A thought can drop in the mind, but it is within one’s power to determine to think on it; to overcome sin, one simply need to refuse to allow sin in one’s thoughts.
In conclusion, the life of godliness is possible; we only need to accept the responsibility for it. Sin is too costly for any man to make light of it, and godliness is too profitable to allow anything stop one from pursuing and attaining to it. I see your struggle over sin end today, and your unquestionable walk in godliness become an open manifestation to all men from now.
To anyone reading this that will love to give his/her life to Christ, pray this prayer out loud with me from your heart: “Lord Jesus, I surrender my life to you today. Forgive me my sins; wash me with your blood. I believe you died for me, on the third day you rose again that I may be justified. Right now, I believe that my sins are forgiven; I’m justified by your blood; I’m born-again; I’m saved; I’m a child of God; I’m free from the power of sin to serve the living God. Thank you Jesus for receiving me; thank you Jesus for restoring me; thank you Jesus for saving me.”
Father in the name of Jesus, let the Spirit of holiness come upon me afresh, and by this empower me against sin and for the life of godliness from today Rms. 1:4.