Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: Instruments of God (Pages 221-223)
“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.”
Romans 6:12-14 (nasb)
We must always focus on presenting ourselves blameless before God. We are to constantly be mindful to avoid all temptation that is presented by Satan. If we present the members of our body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, we are not doing the will of God. We must be focused on fulfilling all righteousness. If we are truly living in the Holy Spirit, we can defeat sin. There is no challenge that we cannot overcome. There is no temptation that we cannot resist. By truly living in the Holy Spirit we are always guided by God according to His desires for us.
It is important to remember that when we put substances into our system we alter the presence of the Holy Spirit. We may still be living in the spirit, but we are susceptible to being defeated by sin. This is a constant war that is taking place in the world. It is important to remember that we are engaged in constant warfare.
It is also important to recall that even when we make bad decisions, if we truly repent and seek out God, He will take our mistakes and use them for a good purpose. God is always ready to forgive. God can do anything. He is able to heal through ways that go beyond our human understanding. I believe that God heals by using us as instruments of righteousness. This can be hard to understand at times, but by acknowledging God in our own life we can begin to see how this works. He takes our body parts and uses them as instruments of righteousness.
Striving to use the members of our body as instruments of righteousness is what God desires for us according to His purpose. Now, this is not to be abused, and we are to be sure by seeking God first in our lives that our works are directed by Him. We are not to perform works based on our own accord, but we are to live according to God’s will.
James 1:13-14 (nasb) says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by His own lust” (emphasis added).
I believe that God works in mysterious ways that most cannot begin understand. The point is that the masses of people will never understand. We are not to judge. Just as in biblical days, the masses who could not understand Jesus will not understand how God uses us as instruments according to His plan. Remember that Jesus went to the people who no one else would in order to help save them. He was the light in the darkness and offered Himself to them as a way to find eternal salvation. Jesus ministered to all including the prostitutes, drunkards, and tax collectors.
“And behold, there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet, and anointing them with the perfume. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.”
Luke 7:37-39 (nasb)
You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.
Luke 7:46-48 (nasb)
Matthew 7:1-2 (nasb) says, “Do not judge lest you be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”
Just remember that God will use us according to His purpose. It is our duty to God to be living in the Holy Spirit at all times. God will use the Holy Spirit within each person and disperse it out to those who are in need. This is how God works in His supernatural way. When all parts of your body are filled with the Holy Spirit, God will take you and use you to disperse His love onto those who are without love.This is the brilliance behind God. We do not always have to understand how God works. We just need to know that by asking for His forgiveness we are forgiven. We need to constantly be thinking about our actions, and we must be sure that they are of God and not of our own accord.
Remember that we may not always understand God’s plan, but by having faith in His Son we know that we are working according to His will. Allow God to use you as an instrument to spread His love into the lives of others. Be filled with the Holy Spirit at all times, especially on the darkest of missions…
One simple truth to dwell upon is that we remain true to one another, at all times…