Gen 3:17-18 (KJV)
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Heb 6:8 (KJV)
8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
The reason why a person’s faith must remain in the cross is simply stated, “cursed is the ground for thy sake.” From that moment on our flesh (humanities will, strength, knowledge, etc…) became cursed. When we witness for Christ, to the unsaved, it is often said that one can never measure up or do enough to earn their way into heaven. The same goes for one that IS saved. 90% of the church today believe that because they have gone through the cross that they can now live their life towards God in hopes that this will be acceptable. I am sorry to burst the proverbial bubble, but this is another disappointing deception. When we (true born again believers) put our hands upon something in hopes of working it out then it will bear thorns and ultimately be rejected by God. Paul had a throne in his flesh showing us that his flesh was rejected by God, which is proof that our flesh as well has been rejected by God. Jesus Christ bore above his head a crown a thorns at the cross. If he had not born this crown then none of us could have ever held a righteous thought towards God. We have all tried or are trying to please God but we should not be too hard on ourselves because one of the greatest apostles of all time, the Apostle Paul, did the same thing.
Romans 7:17-18 (KJV)
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
The only time God takes our will into account is “whosoever WILL let him come” but after a man is born again then God will not be moved by my will and a person cannot overcome obstacles through his own will power. God did not give us a super empowered will either, and no matter how long I stand in the mirror and tell myself that I am a champion it will not make me a champion. The only reason why we are blessed today is because God is blessing Christ which is within us. Christ is allowing us to be partakers of his blessings. We DO NOT have glorified bodies yet, but when the trumpet of God sounds we shall be changed from corruptible to incorruptible, but until then we live in corruption. God did not remove the sin nature from us, but he did say that the sin nature should not have dominion over us (Romans 6:14 (KJV) 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.) To feel the life of the Spirit within our bodies is wondrous at times but God isn’t doing a patch job on us.
16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
Matt 9:16 (KJV)
How is it that we can live a life that is pleasing to God? Would it please him if we dressed a certain way or decided to build a church? If I pull scripture out of the bible and try to apply it to my life is that going to give me victory or be pleasing to God? NO! The only thing God is pleased with is faith.
Heb 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.
Faith is what moves God, but faith is not reliant upon action or human ability. Actions do not release any power or have any effect on faith towards God. If faith was dependent upon what a believer does then it is not faith but works. When a person makes a statement God is going to do something IF _____ whatever we insert will be wrong with the exception of “believe”. Everything God has for us IS FREE, but the only way to receive from God is by the work of the cross of Christ. Faith without works is dead if it is left standing alone.
James 2:17 (KJV)
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
James 2:21-22 (KJV)
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
Just having faith in Jesus Christ is not enough. Churches teach us to have faith in Jesus which we should have, but this is an incomplete faith. To make faith perfect we must put it in Jesus Christ and his work, “Jesus Christ and him CRUCIFIED on the CROSS.” God has dealt to us a measure of faith, and as believers it is important to know what we are placing our faith into.
1 Cor 2:4-5 (KJV)
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Our faith should not be in raising our hands, shouting, praising, preaching, or any other effort but by the power of God. We all want to know his power and to experience the mighty workings of God. The question is how can we be assured that what we put our faith in is truly the power of God?
1 Cor 1:17-18 (KJV)
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Here it is plain and simple: unto us (Paul, Peter, James, John, You, and I) which are SAVED (past tense) it (the cross of Christ) is (present tense) the power of God! If we remove ourselves out of the cross then we remove ourselves out of the power of God.
Apostle F. S. Johnson