If a person was doing drugs all his life and suddenly heard a message of another way of living, where he decided to quit doing drugs, although he may still have urges, does he consider himself a drug addict? Does that mean he is still a drug addict? How can he become a drug addict? If he starts doing it again, but as long as he chose the new life and he stays in it, over time, those things fall away. So when does he become free, not a drug addict? Is it later, or is it right away?
Now apply this to the spiritual. If you have chosen to be crucified, count yourself dead and a new being, because the Bible says so!
Today the message that we are saved by Grace and not by works is everywhere and not new. Unfortunately, the devil has taken this message and made another religion out of it. He took it to the extreme where people today don’t even care how their hearts are! Christ never taught not to worry about your heart. What will appear when Christ comes, is not what you know, say, or think, but your inner being. And if there is no Christ there, no peace, no love, you will not rise with Him! It is extremely important and serious to really look at yourself and not be so shallow!
There was a major flood after the hurricane that hit Louisiana. What was the number one shortage then? Although there was water every where, people were short on water, because there was no clean water. That is how satan works. To flood out the truth and to flood out true knowledge, he filled the whole world with different teachings and denominations, so that the clean water is hidden and flooded. Who truly knows God today? What does it mean to know God’s word, to know the Cross?