First Cause And Second Cause Of Defeat
Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin (Romans 4:7 – 4:8 ESV)
God has cancelled our sins and forgiven us. He took our punishments, nailed them to the cross and healed us. What then is the problem? Why are we still suffering from past ancestral, parental and personal sins and mistakes. Sins that we have renounced and forsaken. Why?
Our problem is the second cause not the first cause. I hope what I have said is not confusing. We spend all of our time focused on the first cause but the first cause is not the problem. Our past sins and mistakes (which is the origin and first cause of defeat) were swallowed, crushed and cancelled by the blood of Jesus – that word is settled in Heaven forever. Why then is the devil playing football with us and dribbling us? Why is he kicking us around?
He is having an upper hand because of two things:
1. We refuse to be filled with the Holy Spirit
2. Un-repented sins
However, I have realized that most of the time, the main problem is that we are not filled with the Holy Spirit. If we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we will be led by the Holy Spirit and He will reveal the hidden and unconfessed sins that we might not even be aware of. He will reveal hindrances to our prayers.
Confessed, repented sins is not the problem because Jesus bore our sins on the cross. Some people will tell you is it because you do not have faith in the finished work of the cross- wrong. Faith itself is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and it is given. It is in measures and grows by the power of the Holy Spirit. You have faith in Jesus and His blood, that is why you are born again by His Spirit and His precious blood. The real problem is that you are not filled with the Holy Spirit.
Any faith you want to have now, should not be a foundational faith but a faith that takes you to greater heights. A faith that has actions of prayer, thanksgiving, praise, worship, rejoicing in and celebrating Christ’s victory, good deeds, waiting upon the Lords and seeking His face. This kind of faith is the type that leads you to depend on the Holy Spirit alone and be filled and led by Him. Your focus must be on the solution and the fullness of the Holy Spirit is the solution.
If someone pushes you into a deep well by mistake or even on purpose and you are in the well obsessing about how you got into the well and who pushed you into the well, you will never device a solution that will enable you come out of the well. You are defeated and are not being creative anytime you focus on past errors and mistakes.
You can learn lessons from your past mistakes through reflections but you should not dwell in, and live in the past or the cause of your problems. If you are trapped in that well and you focus on the solution, you will eventually plot your way out of that well and know victory. Jesus is our solution and the Holy Spirit is also our solution. Focus on how to be filled with the Holy Spirit and how to have an active working relationship with Him.
We must be forward looking not backward looking. The Holy Spirit is the living word. He is the now and true reality of God. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you will truly know and experience victory – every knee will bow to Jesus.
I have noticed that when I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I see my afflictions leaving me in the dream. I see myself repelling and throwing up the evil substance causing the affliction. However, if I stop spending time in His presence, waiting upon Him and seeking Him, the Holy Spirit’s life giving presence in me reduces and I leave myself partially unprotected – I get oppressed or afflicted. So, I try to wait upon Him daily and constantly.
Sicknesses are spiritual substances and the presence of God is also a spiritual substance. When He fills us up, every other negative substance must leave and die off. Spirits and demons must also detach themselves from our aura and flee. They cannot remain when God is personality present – I mean when His manifest presence is present. Sicknesses and demons do not give rest but God’s presence gives rest, comfort, help, joy and peace.
The LORD replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest–everything will be fine for you.” Exodus 33:14 New Living Translation
The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 NIV
The second cause of our problem is the reason why we are not healed or delivered. The first cause which is past, confessed, sins has been destroyed by the blood of Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. We need to focus on being filled with the Holy Spirit – our helper, garment and comforter. If we do not need Him God would not have sent Him as a precious gift. We need to partner with Him and not ignore Him.
Those who pay the price by waiting upon the Lord and seeking Him daily for fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit will be refreshed and empowered. They are the ones who will truly taste the fullness of the victory that Jesus purchased for us on the cross by His sacrificial death. We were redeemed so that we can die to sin and be filled with the Holy Spirit. We must never forget that.
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
May great grace be upon us in Jesus name.