[anzac] "MY EXPERIENCE of a CLEAN HEART" -Andrew Strom + more

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2005 18:43:15 -0600
NOTE:  Below is a very good reply that I got from a reader about 
the "SINLESS LIFE" article. But first some reflections of my own...

1) "MY EXPERIENCE of a CLEAN HEART"
   -by Andrew Strom.

I have been walking with God now for 22 years. I was filled with
the Holy Spirit when I was 17 - and that was really the turning 
point. It was an overnight transformation in my life. And after I 
read a few 'Revival' books, that was all I cared about. -The glory
of God coming down and transforming people. I was hungry for 
God to move.

Something happened to me when I was converted that I always
assumed was "normal" - and still believe it should be. God gave 
me a true 'fear of the Lord' from the start, and a deep repentance 
where I literally went right through my life and repented of everything 
I could find that was not godly. So I was "clean" and newly filled 
with the Spirit - filled with His love and power. And I found that I 
could literally WALK in this 'clean' state before God - without any
"effort" or striving whatsoever. I just figured this was normal. It
became my 'natural' state - walking with a clean conscience and
clean heart before God. 

Did I have to "strive" to maintain this constant "clean heart" state? 
No, not at all. I simply avoided sin and kept walking in this inner
purity that God had given me. No effort at all, really. It just seemed 
"natural". The Scripture, "There is no condemnation to them in 
Christ Jesus" was very real to me. I could sense that indeed I walked 
under a new "law" - the 'Law of the Spirit of LIFE in Christ Jesus'
which had made me free from the law of sin and death.

Whenever I discovered any 'darkness' in me that I had not seen
before, I instantly would repent of it because God had given me a 
deep hatred of sin. This is one of the keys to this kind of walk. I 
could not stand for anything to come in between me and God. 
I simply walked before Him in this permanent state of communion 
and fellowship.  If I inadvertently "tripped up" in such a way that I 
noticed a kind of "spot" on my white robe, so to speak, I was very 
quick to deal with it because I hated sin and loved walking in total
transparency before God. -But it was not common for me to have 
to do that. Sometimes weeks would go by without me having to 
seriously "repent" of anything. 'Clean' had become my natural state -
a wonderful gift from God. 

This is not to say that temptation never came along. Of course it
did. I just had to choose not to entertain it. I hated sin and loved 
God too much to indulge it. But did this mean that I was outwardly
"perfect"? No! -Just that I was inwardly walking with Him in 
righteousness and "purifying myself as He is pure". And so the 
years went by...

I read the book, "The Normal Christian Life" by Watchman Nee,
and along with some other Revival books, etc, - this helped me 
to understand better the state I was in - and to assume it was 
"normal". But I would often come across other Christians who
seemed surprised when I would share a little about what I was
experiencing. Many did not seem to live in any genuine "victory"
over sin - and seemed to be always 'repenting' with little real
result. They told me I needed to keep "short accounts with God"
which seemed to mean that I had to repent every half-hour or so.
What kind of "victory" this was, I could not discern.

Didn't Jesus die so that we could walk with God as ADAM
did before the fall - communing with Him in the "cool of the
evening"?  Isn't that the whole point?  -To give us a clean heart
and restore us to full communion with God - as an actual STATE
OF BEING?  Isn't it just that simple?

Another thing God taught me later on was to "RENOUNCE" things
that were serious temptations in my life.  This did not affect my
"righteousness of heart" before God one way or the other, but
it did affect my mind - and the clarity of it. I was no longer
bombarded with temptations anywhere near as much after
'RENOUNCING' those strongholds out of my life.

I have now been walking with God in this "clean-heart" way for 22 
years. It does not seem to be an "effort" or anything 'hard'. I have 
been made a 'new creature' and I simply walk in it as a "natural" 
state. My heart and my conscience are continually clean before 
God - washed in the blood of the lamb. 

So what are the pre-requisites for this kind of walk? -Simply to have
a true "fear of the Lord", to have experienced "thorough repentance"
and also to have been baptized and Spirit-filled, I believe. -Simple
stuff, really. For most of us the door is wide open to walking in this. 
Can you trust God for it, my friends? Will you enter in?
-God bless you all.  -Andrew Strom. 
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2)  A Reader, Lyall Scheib, writes:
The Bible is very clear about it's expectations of sinlessness in 
1John 3:6- "Whoever abides in Him does not sin"  and verse 8, "He 
who sins is of the devil,"  and then verse 9, "Whoever has been 
born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he 
cannot sin because he has been born of God."

That verse says the one born of God cannot sin!  Most Christians 
I know say the opposite, they cannot NOT sin.  I am amazed at 
Bible believing, Spirit filled, tongues speaking, signs and wonders 
embracing Christians who believe God can raise the dead and heal 
cancers, calm storms, etc, but they don't believe that one little 
phrase - "he cannot sin...."  Seems to me if we don't believe it we 
won't get it, just like healings and miracles. It is time we started 
believing every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

John actually wrote his epistle with that purpose in mind. 1 Jn 2:1- 
"...these things I write to you so that you may not sin."  Of course 
there is the possibility that we might sin because we are still 
human so the next phrase begins with an "if" like it's a rarity.  
"And if anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus 
Christ the righteous."  I actually believe the blood of Jesus is not 
for continually practised sin but only for repented-of and departed-
from sin.  Look at Hebrews 10:26.  "For if we sin wilfully after we 
have received the knowledge of the truth there no longer remains 
a sacrifice for sins but a certain frearful expectation of judgement..."

While I am on the subject I have to mention Romans 6:  such 
phrases as, "sin shall not have dominion over you," and "that we 
should no longer be slaves to sin," or, "how shall we who died to 
sin live any longer in it?" and, "having been set free from sin."  
These verses all say the same thing: it's an odd thing for a Christian 
to continue to sin.  The key to how we might be able to live that 
way is in verses 11 to 13.  Briefly: 
1. Reckon yourself to be dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 
2. Do not let sin reign in your mortal body, and 
3. do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness 
to sin but 
4. present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead and your 
members as instruments of righteousness to God.

Blessings on the Righteous in Christ Jesus,
~Lyall Scheib.