CONSCIOUSNESS and AWARENESS
A SHORT DEVOTIONAL
BY: JOHN R. GAVAZZONI
JANUARY 27, 2013
Is it possible to be delivered from what has come to be popularly called, "sin consciousness," WHILE being very aware of sin's continuing presence? I insist that it is not only possible, but a characteristic of balanced spiritual maturity. To know that God does not hold our sins against us relationally---that even as we are failing miserably in some dimension of our lives, He still holds us in the embrace of perfect love, qualifying us by that love into the glorious destiny of co-heirship with Jesus Christ, and that with unqualified certainty.
It is a right and good place to be, when we can say with
The chicken's head has been cut off, but it's still running crazily around the barnyard kicking up a lot of dust, and making a spectacle of itself. The stem cells of Jesus resurrection life have been inserted into our spirits, and nothing has the power to surgically remove them. The resurrection life that contains the crucifying power of His cross is at work in us unto a fully manifest victory rooted in a victory already accomplished.
Can you accept the fact that even as God is
We have sloppy concepts of very fundamental issues re: God's relationship with us in Christ. We have, as it were, engraved certain sloppy concepts in stone, using very questionable expressions, such as, "God sees us through the blood of Christ." No He doesn't. The blood of Christ is not something God uses as a filter to look at us more favorably. He doesn't use the blood of Christ to paint over our sins. God knows us as seated with Christ in the heavenlies, WHILE seeing our wretchedness. God reckons the faith of Christ operative in us, and given to us as a gift---so that it is our faith---as righteousness, yet as His eyes run to and fro over all the earth, beholding the good and the evil, he sees the still existent evil in the believer's life also.
The power of the blood of Christ is the power of the life of God given to us sacrificially. It is that very special release of life out of death that gives a special radiance to God's glory in us. I
To what do we ultimately trace this aspect of the human condition? Not to "what," but to "whom." To the Sovereign of the universe. To the Sovereign of our individual universes. To the One who shines out from within the midst of darkness. To the One who shines out from within our own darkness.