When a person truly understands Jesus’ perfect work on the cross they will purpose to keep Him in everything they do in life. It is impossible to sin if you purpose to do all things both in word or deed in the name of Jesus.
Colossians 3:17 “17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Verse 17 is the second point Paul has given to us for walking in Godly attributes. This too seems like a tall order much like putting off all ungodly attributes and putting on the Godly attributes mentioned in verses 5-14. Just like everything else in the walk of a Christian, with man everything is impossible, but with God all things are possible, Mark 10:27. The key to taking the first part of verse 17 out of the natural / works mode and into spiritual accomplishment is “thanksgiving”. In verse 15 Paul says to be thankful. Think about what Paul is saying in these two verses; do you want to have Godly attributes, be thankful for what He has done. Do you want to avoid falling into various sins, be thankful to God for everything you are about to do and the ability to do it? This verse just brought everything into a different light. If you desire to live in lust, you now have to figure out how to be thankful to Jesus for your lust. THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE! For a Christian who understands that Jesus died for our sins and that only by the grace of God we can have forgiveness for our sins; it is impossible for that Christian to perform any sin in the name of Jesus. We would never steal; commit adultery, lie, slander, curse, show anger, or any other sin if we purposed to live our life in thanksgiving to Jesus for what we are actually doing. Do you want to take your spiritual temperature to see how you measure up, look at your level of thankfulness? Those who are not thankful are probably not committed believers and the lack of thanksgiving is one of the signs of the end times according to 1Timothy 3:2.
To live contrary of thankfulness to Jesus is to live carnally and Romans 8:6 tells us that the carnal mind is enmity to God. Let me take some pressure off. I am not saying that if a person does something without being thankfully conscious to Jesus at the time that they are in sin, but when people stay in carnal thinking for extended periods of time they lose their God consciousness every time. That is why it is called stumbling; you are just not being as mindful of where you are walking at that time. Making the decision to not get back up after a spiritual fall is walking in sin. I watched a movie called “Fireproof” which is about a married couple having marital troubles to the point of both wanting out. The father of the husband gave his son a 40 day challenge to “fireproof” his marriage. Would you like a simple daily action to follow to fireproof your walk with the Lord? “3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, For in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength.” This is the continuation of the prophesy from the book of Isaiah which starts in chapter 26 and is the prophesy to the children of Israel of our time. Since the resurrection of Jesus, every person that believes on the name of Jesus can claim verse 3 & 4 for themselves. God will keep you in perfect peace as your mind is stayed on Him, because you trust in Him. Do you want to fireproof your walk with God, do you want to simply take off the old coat of sins that so easily ensnared you in the past, do you want to put on the new coat of righteous that was given to you by God, do you want to walk in AGAPE love toward your brother and the rest of the world; trust in Him, stand on His strength not your own?
Do everything you do in the name of Jesus and never quit giving thanks to God the Father through Christ Jesus. God wants you blessed more than you want to be blessed. He has already given you all of the promises and blessings written in the Old and New Testaments, all you have to do is learn how to spiritually adjust the receiver on your life.
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