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Entering into the Beauty of Holiness
Author: Creflo Dollar
As Christians, there is a part of us that is just like Jesus Christ. Our born-again (or recreated) spirits became like Jesus when we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. However, we commit sin actions with our souls and bodies. When we begin to trust God and renew our minds with the Word of God, we become whole in every area of our lives. He empowers us to overcome the weaknesses of the flesh.
- “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24).
- A human being is a tri-part being. He or she is a spirit who possesses a soul and lives in a physical body.
- God wants us to be whole in every area of our lives. We are whole when there is nothing missing or broken in our lives.
- The soul consists of the part of us that thinks, chooses, reasons, and has a personality.
- The spirit part of us is the part that was recreated once we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord.
- The born-again spirit of a person is sealed with the Holy Spirit, joined with the Lord (Ephesians 1:13; 1 Corinthians 6:17).
- When we became born again, our spirits were recreated. Our spirits became like Jesus (Ephesians 4:24; 1 John 4:17).
- When we sin, our born-again spirits do not participate. We sin with our souls and bodies (1 John 3:9; 1 John 1:8; 10, 1 John 2:1).
- Even when we fail to do the good we know to do, it is sin. Also, whatever we do that is not done in faith is sin (James 4:17; Romans 14:23).
- We all sin, whether we are aware of the sin or not. We need the grace of God to empower us not to sin.
- We are no longer in the prison of sin; we’re not under sin’s control (Romans 6:14).
- When we trust in our own ability, sin is revived (or given strength) (1 Corinthians 15:56; Romans 7:9).
- When we trust God and renew our minds with His Word, we are empowered by His grace.
- The purpose of the law (the Ten Commandments) was to show us our need for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:24).