Recently I was told that some fellow believers once gathered together to pray against my belief in my forgiveness of sins, as of today. That I was no longer a sinner but born again and no longer identify ME as my flesh but as one with Christ, as Spirit. As well me having left the teaching of men within the church establishment.
At first this bothered me that I was even told this because it was unnecessary for me to know that because of their unbelief they prayed against me.
But as the days have gone on and I thought of this I’ve always been reminded of the story in Acts, instead of me paraphrasing I’ll just share it.
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time. And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men. For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered. So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”
Acts 5:29-39 NASB
I rejoice always when I see my life reflected within the scriptures. It’s been years since the Holy Spirit has taught me through His Spirit and confirmed with the written Truth that I am indeed FREE and am no longer a slave to sin. And can live my life no longer identifying with the filth of my flesh as who I am.
And one of these who prayed against me had come to know this truth as well. So as it says in Acts “but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be fighting against God.”
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Romans 8:14 NASB
We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.
1 John 5:18 NASB
You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
1 John 3:5-10 NASB
For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. ⬅⬅⬅⬅
Romans 6:5-7 NASB
So I ask, have you, your flesh died?