I've given up trying to be holy. I'm not an overcomer. Jesus is the only overcomer. It's my faith that Jesus took my sin to the cross which sets me free from sin. That faith is a gift from him, the only human who had faith to live a perfect life and die in obedience to his father.
I know I can't accomplish holiness by trying harder. The trying was finished for me at Calvary two thousand years ago. I walk in holiness only as I realize Jesus does it for me every day.
And here’s the kicker: When I accepted Jesus as my savior my sinful nature died with him. I have no power to abolish that sinful self on my own. The only good I can do for myself or for anyone has already been accomplished in him. I stand pat on that.
For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good but cannot carry it out. Romans 7: 18
Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold the new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5: 17
For we know our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin, because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Romans 6: 6-7
"Are you walking by faith or relying on your senses and reasoning? Walking by sight brings anxiety and fear, but faith produces peaceful confidence." Charles Stanley
Love and blessings,
photo: (He died because of my sin)