Some people think that once they are converted they have won the battle with sin, the old things have passed away and the fallen nature has gone. But the truth is that conversion is like enlisting in the army and there is battle at hand.
Conversion is an experience that must be maintained daily through the study of God’s Word, prayer, and witnessing. “Conversion” could also be called “a love relationship with Jesus “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:4,5).
Occasional focus on God is not sufficient. Riding high on a wave of religious excitement one day and falling into a period of neglect the next, does not promote spiritual strength. To abide in Christ means that the soul must be in daily, constant communion with Christ and live as He lived (Gal. 2:20). It is not possible for one branch to depend upon another for its vitality; each must maintain its own personal relationship to the vine and bear its own fruits.
The delusion, “once in grace always in grace,” is denied by this condition. It is possible for those who have been in Christ to cut their connection with Him and be lost (Heb. 6:4–6). Salvation is conditional upon abiding in Christ until the end. But if a Christian loses his grip on the Lord’s hand and falls, he can fix his ways by God’s grace and pray, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me by Your generous Spirit” (Psalm 51:12 NKJV).
And the Lord is faithful to forgive and clean us “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). The role of the believer is to watch and pray to prevent the old habits of thought and action from coming to life again (Rom. 6:11–13; 1 Cor. 9:27). The will of man should be united to the grace of God for complete victory. A person should rely on the grace and power of Christ for the cleansing of sinful tendency in his life (1 John 3:6–10).
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