Religion has you separated from God and making prolonged efforts to overcome this separation by actions of your own. The Kingdom of God has you included in the heavenly family and being transformed by their life.
Jesus Christ is totally your life. Jesus is totally the door to your place in the Father’s heart. You may joyfully enter the Father’s presence because you are greatly desired and because you entry certificate is not your worthiness, what you have done or not done. Neither is it an absence of sin. Your place in the Father is sure because Jesus is your life.
As much as this may evoke joy and love to God in your heart, it is not your joy and love of Jesus that cleans you up. It is Jesus’ blood and Jesus life as you. As much as God’s love may provoke you to love Him, it is not the degree of love you have for Him that prevents you sinning or gives you self-control. It is Christ in you. Your growth into righteousness comes from Jesus in you – specifically the power of His resurrection in you as His life drives out the forms of fear and death that shrivel and fragment your being. It is not our love for Jesus that changes us. It is His life in us that transforms; His life in us by the Spirit.
Make sure that you fill your vision with Jesus and what He has accomplished for us and do not be distracted onto you own efforts in order to overcome.
'He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels’ Rev 3.5 NASB.
This scripture is not about you and a mammoth degree of self-effort. It’s about Christ being your life rather than you attempting to be your life. As Joseph Prince asserts in Revelation 12.10,11, ‘we overcome by the blood of Jesus and our affirmation of His life as ours.’
‘And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death’ Rev 12.11 NIV.
It is because Jesus is our life that we can find our life in our Father. In Him we become sons imparted with His ability to love rather than judge, to impart life rather than perform and to heal rather than wound. By His wounds we are healed and are filled with His ability to heal the wounded. Because His life is our life we impart spirit and life.