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How Do We Master Sin?

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The mastery of sin is the earnest, holy, dedicated practice of the words of Jesus who set us free from the Law by commanding us to eat His flesh and drink His blood, so that we who believe in Him are cut off from God according to the Law [Leviticus 17.10] and have access to God only through faith in Jesus who taught us to break the Law as a sign of complete faith in Him.  As such, sin has no power over us at all, for sin has to do with the Law and we are not under the Law anymore, not because we have obeyed it, but because we have broken it by obeying the One who said He has fulfilled it.  Every time we choose to obey Jesus, we are showing that we are the masters of sin – that it has no power over us and that we are not subject to its power, which is the law, [1 Corinthians 15.56] and that we do not receive its wages. [Romans 6.23]  So complete is our freedom from the effects of sin that it has no effect over us unless we disobey the words of Jesus.  So free are we from sin that the Holy Spirit does not convict us of sin, for there is no need, but of righteousness… for indeed we are the righteousness of God Himself because of Jesus.

When James the Younger enticed the church into the partial practice of the Law with his judgements in Acts 15, he placed all who listened to him back under the curse of the Law, which Jesus had set us free from.  In particular, his recommendations that we do not eat blood and strangled meats go directly against the ‘hard’ teaching of Jesus to the Jewish disciples that they must eat His flesh, which was strangled on the cross, and drink His blood.  Our ignorance and our desire to appease men led us down a cursed road, and in the process we also slandered the Holy Spirit, for the letter of Acts 15 says that it seemed good to the Holy Spirit that we should adopt the recommendations of James, making the Holy Spirit out to be a spirit who would take the side of men against Jesus.  The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth because He works only for the glory and honour of the One who sent Him, [John 7.18] who is Jesus.  As such, He would never agree with James.  Because of James, the church is forever avoiding sin and its people are so filled with guilt that sin consumes their thinking, and as such sin has mastery over the church rather than the other way around.

When we practise the words of men so that we do not offend them, we have prostituted ourselves.  When the Jerusalem church was practising ritualistic cleansing so as not to offend the Jews, their prostitution began.  However, it is not the prostitution that is such an offence, but the slandering of the Holy Spirit that we have made Him out to be a spirit who would go against the very teachings of Jesus.  Since the pure observance of the words of Jesus is rarely practised by the church, there is no mastery of sin in the church at all.  So indeed, very few can master sin and most are still under its power.

Now that we have the Testimony of the Holy Spirit, which states unequivocally that the eleven did not believe, did not obey and did not repent, then those of us who have heard the Testimony have this choice:  Do we ignore it and pretend that everything is as it should be, or do we take our stand with the Holy Spirit and testify with Him?  Do we pretend that the recommendations of James are working, or do we stand and say, “Get thee behind us, you satan, for you do not have in mind the things of God, but of men”?

I have spoken to you many times about justice for Jesus.  There is now an even greater need for justice and that is justice for the Holy Spirit.  For until we repent of the slander that we have spoken of the Holy Spirit, then justice for Jesus will never happen.  How can we expect the Holy Spirit to hand over the power to those who agree with those who would slander Him and preach against Jesus?

A person who has mastered sin does not avoid sin.  However, since our practice of the words of Jesus is the practice of the words of the One who caused us to break the Law and become cut off from God, then in truth, the practice of the words of Jesus according to the Law is sin, but to the Spirit it is the righteousness of God.  That is why those who are led by the Spirit are the sons of God, and when the Spirit leads you, He will always lead you into the place where satan can tempt you… not the Satan whom Jesus has already defeated.  That is pointless… but rather, He leads you to where the other satan is waiting – the man who does not have in mind the things of God but of men, like James the Younger.

Gold cannot tempt you when you can change wood to gold.  Glory cannot tempt you when you already have the glory of the Lord.  And men and women cannot tempt you when you can see them for who they are and can know their thoughts at all times.  That is why John wrote in his letter that we cannot sin.  Those who have listened to Jesus and are now listening to the Holy Spirit have crossed over from slavery to freedom… the freedom of a master from the slavery of a servant.  When you master sin, sin becomes your servant and you can do with it whatever you wish.  That is why the first thing Jesus taught us after the resurrection is:  “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” [John 20.23]  But this is only to those who have received the Holy Spirit, and how can anyone say he has received the Holy Spirit when he has sided with those who slandered Him?

Hr. Ed, manager of the Holy Spirit’s Workshop

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