The Litmus Test


What I don't understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. This was part of the confession made by Apostle Paul in Romans 7:15-25. So many of us can relate to the experience Apostle Paul was describing in this Scripture. He realized by the end of that Scripture up to chapter 8 of that same Book that only the Holy Spirit can save him. At this level in Paul’s life, there was no question of whether he was born again or not. He knows God and was zealous for Him. However, by Romans 8:8 he declared by the unction of the Holy Spirit that any man without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit cannot please God. Such a man will continually find himself doing the things he knows are wrong. You might declare: ‘but I pray and speak in tongues, so I believe, I have the Holy Spirit.’ Since Romans 8:9 clearly states that anyone that does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him, but you however believe without a shadow of doubt that you have His Spirit since there is the evidence in you of speaking in tongues! Beautiful!! Let us put your stance to test, shall we? The Bible clearly states that we must test all spirits because the devil masquerades as an angel of Light. As we do this, do remember that the Lord equally told us to examine ourselves closely and regularly to make sure that the light we profess to carry is not darkness!

The Litmus Test: 1John 3:9-10, tells us that those that are born of God do not sin because the Divine Seed is in them. In fact, the King James Version of the Bible says “he cannot sin” because he has been born of God. Then verse 10 says this is the way we can differentiate the children of God from the children of the devil. By the time we get to Galatians 5:16-18, we are told to walk in the Spirit so as not to carry out the evil desires of the flesh. The desires of the Spirit and the flesh are always at war and the man finds himself doing the things he does not want to do. If you passed the test, Praise God, but you must continue to press on, however if you had failed the test, do not be sad or angry because there is an antidote: 2Corinthians 3:15-18. A conscious and continuous turning away from the things of the flesh as enumerated in Galatians 5:19-21 and 2Timothy 3:1-9. As you turn away from these to Christ, you begin to reflect His glory. A transformation automatically begins to take place. It is not magic, sporadic nor does it happen overnight but a conscious and deliberate move on your part to turn to Christ on a daily basis and the transformation begins. Then you can be confident to make the declaration that you are indeed a child of God because you are led by His Spirit and His Divine Seed resides in you. Do ask the Lord Jesus Christ daily for grace to consciously and deliberately turn away from the flesh to His glory! God bless you.

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