The difference is not so much that we are serving sin, and falling in and out of it, but that we are hating it. Do we habitually practice sin as a way of life? In Galatians 5 Paul listed a whole long list of things from adultery to right down to strife and drunkenness. He said — Those that do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:21 KJV
This is a tough verse, so I looked up the word “do” in the Greek (G4238) using the Strong’s Concordance. In Galatians there are three different Greek words with different meanings translated into English as “do”. Galatians 5:21 literally says about believers — Those who habitually practice such things (G4238), as opposed to a single act (G4160). Many of us, in working out our own salvation, dip into stuff, but the issue is this: Do we hate it or do we love it?
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Philippians 2:12 KJV
The dividing line of mankind and the basis for entrance into heaven is not our sinlessness, but is our attitude toward sin. That’s what made King David a man after God’s own heart. It’s not that he didn’t sin or participate with sin; it’s that when confronted with the reality of it, he dealt with it. That’s all that God wants us to do in order to produce blessings. God wants you to understand how He thinks and to think like He does. How God thinks and His nature provide the best that a human being could ever be. Think about the fruits of the Holy Spirit in Galatians… love, temperance, longsuffering, faith, etc. These are attributes of God’s incredible character and nature. Then it says — Against such there is no law.
23 …against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:23 KJV
If we would allow the Holy Spirit to form the character of God in us in those areas of our life in which we have been transformed and are serving God, not sin, then we are immune to the devil and his kingdom because there is no law that can defeat us. We have never understood the benefits of righteousness like this before. We always think righteousness is legalism. We always think righteousness is something that’s being shoved down our throat. No, righteousness represents the best that we could ever be. In fact, people that are unsaved and being gods to themselves are always trying to form the character of God in themselves, from a humanistic standpoint. Love. How many unsaved people teach on love and peace and joy and happiness and health? But they’re trying to form it apart from God, and there’s a difference. We allow God to form that within us because we love God. We’re called to His purposes. So we just want to make sure in this conversation about disease in the New Testament church that we have something in our life other than the blessing.
Let’s bring up all this from the blessings and the curses stand point. We need to recognize in the Scripture about Abraham being a liar and how it generationally passed into the rest of this family, and he also had fear. Actually people lie because they have fear.
Fear of man, fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of what other people think about us, fear of being busted.
Original Source: Be In Health Global, Henry W. Wright, Donna Wright. It’s a New Day Interview with Henry W. Wright and Donna Wright: 2004.
DVD Course Material. Pleasant Valley Church, GA, 2006. Print.