“The First Fruits of the Spirit”
Wesley gave some practical suggestions.
First, we do not live as people with “little faith.” Just as the disciples woke Jesus because of the storm which they faced, we too may face life without fear of condemnation. As the Scripture, tells us, “Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God alone who justifies. Who is able to condemn?”
All the sins that we have committed from our birth to this very hour have been swallowed up by God’s grace. Through our confession, our transgressions gone, they are absent, they are remembered no more. (Glory)
Wesley said, “Away with your fears! God does not call you to fear; God has given you ‘a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.’ Understand your calling! Rejoice in God your savior, and give thanks to God your Father through Christ!” “Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
We can live as a people with great faith.
Second, even if sinful tendencies remain, there is not condemnation in them unless they lead us into a constant sinful existence.
There is a certainty that we will be tested. But continue to hold steady. We will be humiliated and humbled, but we survive because we can hold steady in the promise that we have “an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the one who is righteous.”
Third practical point, we cannot be hesitant to call upon our Lord for help.
Wesley said, “Your sorrow will be a precious balm. Pour out your heart before him, and tell him about your distress. With all your heart, pray to God who ‘sympathizes with your weaknesses’ that He will restore, support, strengthen, and establish you so that you will not fall again.”
As Paul told us, “We cannot and should not be afraid to cry out “Abba Father” knowing full well that our cries will not fall upon deaf ears.”
As we continue the work of faith in the labor of love, we can have assurance that as we wait in confidence that “he who promised is faithful, and he will do it.”
As the familiar verse in 2 Timothy says, “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep all that I have committed unto Him until that day.”
We need not be hesitant to call upon our Lord when we need Him. There’s no condemnation there!