You have climbed the Eight Steps to Christian Perfection. In the eyes of God you are perfect while climbing this road. To understand this concept better, I’ll draw it out for you.
At the first position, faith, you are still controlled by the wicked habits you had before the cross. The only difference is Justification. The only change at this point is:
Your will has now been put on the side of righteousness. It is your desire to join the battle of the righteous, to fight against sin and wickedness.
In this first position, you are justified and Jesus no longer sees you in your wicked state. Jesus now sees you in His righteousness as it is wrapped around you. (The circle that surrounds the baby.) You need this wrap because you still have habits that are sinful.
Keep in mind, sins you do not know about are not counted against you. Only sins you continue to do willingly. So, at this point, you have stopped doing all the "known" sins, but have unknown sins and habits to change. That is why we need the wrap of Jesus’ perfection at this time.
The second position begins immediately and will continue in greater and greater measure as you walk the righteous life. The surrounding robe of Christ’s righteousness and perfection will not be needed as much as you develop His righteousness and perfection within you.
As you clean up your temple and sweep out the garbage of sin and sinful practices, you are developing righteousness and righteous practices and habits. The righteousness of Christ now becomes yours. You are coming back into oneness with God. Back to the original state as desired for Adam and Eve in the beginning. You will have the same perfect character as Adam had before he sinned. The perfection we attain is living without "known" sin. That means:
The third position is the achievement of that Goal. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13. We must believe that perfection, sinlessness, is attainable now, in this life. We must believe the promises of God that all things are possible. To change from sinner to the position where there is nothing "in him to make him stumble." 1 John 2:10. To believe in "Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy." Jude 24 "Great peace have they who love Your law, and nothing can make them stumble." Psalm 119:165.
You can live the victorious, sin free life, right now, in the Power of Christ. Increasing measure does this, "For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For if you do these things, you will never fall." 2 Peter 1:8, 10.
You no longer need to be controlled by sin. You can be set free. The burdens that were so heavy for you and caused you so much trouble can be removed and destroyed in Christ. Your temple house can be swept cleaner and cleaner each day until you come to possess the perfection of Jesus Christ. But the only way it can happen is to continually "submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." James 4:7, 8.
Another text that brings trouble to some people is found in 1 John 1:8. "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us." "See," they say, "you can't live without sin. We are always going to be sinners." But that is not what the text says. It doesn't say, "See?, you will always be sinners." It says "If we claim to be without sin." Big difference.
I can never claim to have been without sin. I have been a sinner. "All have sinned." But the concept is always past tense. At one time I was, but through the power of Christ I am no longer a sinner.
If it were impossible for us to live the Christ-like life, then Christ died in vain. If He has no power to conquer sin, He is not a God. If my sin and my "flesh" are stronger than God; that makes me God. But I am not God. My "flesh" is not stronger than God. God can conquer sin in my life and He can give me the power to live the sinless, perfect life of Jesus. I can do all things through Christ!
Now it is time to put these principles to work. The following pages will provide a practical method in working with the promises of God in your life.
You have finished the initial Eight Steps to Christian Perfection. The previous information will get you started on a new life. A born again experience that will take you right up through eternity.
The following information is presented to continue your walk in truth. Remember, if we do not walk in the truth, we cannot be set free. To be completely free, it is imperative to continue your learning of truth. Using what you have learned, write down some of your thoughts for later use. As you read the following information, put it to the test of Jesus’ teaching. He is the truth and not your church.
SINNER'S WORK SHEET
WHAT IS YOUR SIN OR BEHAVIOR YOU WISH TO CHANGE?
I suppose it would be well to define sin. You may have lived all your life thinking that everything was sin. It isn’t. The Bible tells us just what sin is. "Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness." 1 John 3:4. That’s it. Sin is only the breaking of the Ten Commandments.
The Bible says to keep them in front of us always so we will know what is right. Here they are.
1. Have no other gods before Me.
2. Make no idols and do not worship them. (Sex, money, power, alcohol, drugs, food, etc.)
How many times a day does this sin use you?
What circumstances produce this behavior?
How is it destructive to your life?
How does it interfere with your life and career?
Now that you know how destructive this habit is, list the reasons you do it.
Are you ready to kill this sinful, wicked habit?
Step 1: Do you have faith that God can give you the power to overcome?
What are the promises of God to help you in this battle against this wicked habit? Look them up. Read Psalms until you find them. Check the topic: Ten Commandments for the promises of God.
Step 2: You must now place your will on the side of God.
You must now put your mind on doing what is right. Refer to the chapter "Goodness". Re-read the principles. Stay away from all places, persons and objects that increase the likelihood of your doing this wicked habit.
Step 3: Knowledge! Study, read, and talk to those with similar experiences.
Learn all you can. This includes learning from Jesus. Fall on your knees, every time the urge comes to do that wicked thing, and plead for help. Jesus will bring you the power to overcome, if you Ask, Knock and Seek in humility.
Step 4: Self-control. Just say "NO".
Practice saying it, right now! Say "No". There, it can be done. Put your hand up like a policeman directing traffic and just say "No". Then turn and walk away from the temptation. The power of God will be with you.
Step 5: Perseverance. Now you must continue the self-control.
Constantly developing the right habits. Find a good habit to replace the sinful habit. Let the love and glory of Jesus into your life. Look into the eyes of Jesus as He hung on the cross for you. You can do it. Jesus and all heaven and the angels are standing by to come to your aid. Just call and act out the good habits.
Step 6: From here on, it is easy. Get your mind off of your old sinful habit, and find someone else you can help.
Throw out the TV and go visit the sick, the elderly or a youth in need of a Christian father figure. How many children are in your neighborhood you could mentor, play ball with and study the Bible with?
Step 7 & 8: Sacrifice your life for the good of others.
You are now walking in the perfect Character of Jesus. Do this again with each habit and you will be walking as Jesus walked.. Remember, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
1 John 2:10
"in him to make him stumble."
"Great peace have they who love Your law, and nothing can make them stumble."
2 Peter 1:8, 10
"For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For if you do these things, you will never fall."