You can do things the hard way or you can do them God’s way! You choose! Wait a minute – I thought serving God would be a piece of cake! Since I have rights, shouldn’t things be a lot easier than before I was saved? Good question and the answer is yes and no! What? Read on.
Proverbs says that the way of the transgressor is hard. Doesn’t that mean that my ways should be easier when I get saved? Of course, but there are a few details you need to know about.
First of all, once you get saved and you realize your sins are forever remitted and you’re on Heaven’s Manifesto, your life changes. You have gone from death to life! Wow – that in itself is worth the whole price of admission! But, wait – there’s more.
Even though you’re now born-again and all of God’s promises belong to you, the devil hasn’t gone on vacation. Sometimes it will seem that there’s a target on your back and there really is! You are now going to have to stretch your supernatural muscles and start walking in God’s plan for your life. The devil hates this and will fight you on it but no worries – God has already equipped you with all the weapons you’ll need to enforce satan’s defeat that was won by the Lord Jesus. And here are the weapons that you have: the Name of Jesus, the Blood of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, the angels working on your behalf, plus the whole armor of God.
The hard way is to try to do things your way, like you did before you were born-again, relying on your five physical senses and your mind to figure everything out. God’s ways are different. His ways always work when we work them in faith.
Since we operate in two realms, the spirit realm and the physical realm, we need to know the laws that govern both in order to live victoriously. Just as there are physical laws that govern the earth realm – gravity, motion, lift, thrust, electricity – there are spiritual laws that govern how God’s kingdom works: law of faith, royal of love, law of sowing and reaping, law of binding and loosing, to name a few.
Oh no, not more laws, you say! But the good thing is that the New Testament laws differ from the Old Testament laws in that they are laws that govern how God’s kingdom works, not laws to beat us up!
Here’s another good thing about the New Testament laws: they work every time! That’s what a law does – it works every time. Just as the law of gravity works every time, so God’s laws work every time they’re applied in faith.
Always remember, everything with God is a heart issue and a faith issue! Praise the Lord Who always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus!
Proverbs 13:15b (KJV) 15 … but the way of transgressors is hard.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV) 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.