Do you truly believe that the cross of Christ has been truly effective for you, or do you struggle to put yourself to death on an insufficient cross? If you believe you have to struggle that it is because you judge yourself by outward appearance according to the accuser.
The Cross is absolute. The Cross is total. YOU DIED upon that Cross, all of you. If one died for all, then all died (2 Corinthians 5:14).
Our task is NOT to work and work at making an ineffective and insufficient cross do what it is supposed to do. Our task is to ACCEPT that Cross as it is - Finished.
"It is finished" (John 19:30). - One sacrifice for sins forever." (Hebrews 10:12).
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28).
The operative word is REST. It is the Cross that gives us rest.
HOWEVER!!! God never presents the Cross as a thing in itself. The Cross is always presented as a Door, and Jesus is always placed immediately on the other side of that Door. Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:11). "I reckon I’m dead" is followed immediately by, "I reckon I’m alive in Jesus."
You are dead (Col. 3:3). - But, you live in Christ (Col. 3:3). - Christ who is your life (Col. 3:4).
Look in the mirror, look at yourself, look all around you. If all you see is Jesus, then you have accepted the Cross. But those who see sin and disobedience and falling short, still believe that the cross is so much blither, not real, and certainly not for them.
Paul begins Galatians 2:20 with Christ: Christ I have been crucified with. Then he immediately positions us as still around, yes, but now it’s all Jesus. We accept the Cross; we enter the Door; we live only in Jesus.
"But, But, But! What about those awful sins I committed?"
"Come here and look closely, here, deep inside of Me. There is a special room, right here, where I keep ALL of your sins. What do you see?"
"I see the Cross, Lord."
"Good, now let Me open that Door, and you have a look at all the awfulness of your sins. What do you see?"
"I don’t see anything, Lord."
"Yes grave is empty. There are no sins there. The Father does not know them, but He knows you."
"But I Sinned!"
"Not one of all your sins can ever return to you, the Cross forbids them."
"But I sinned!!!"
"Yes, you did but I have put that sin to death on the cross. I TOOK your sins with Me. You can not put your sins on the Cross, that is impossible. I was the one who took your sins on the cross and they died when I died.
"But Jesus, I feel guilty."
"Peace, the accuser is outside or you. He cannot enter here, the Cross forbids it. You are clean, you are justified. You, the only you that exists, alive inside of Me, have never sinned. The world is crucified to me and I to the world (Galatians 6:14). The world and all of its deceit is outside of you. It cannot enter you in Me; the Cross forbids it. Death and all the curse and all of its claims against you are outside of you. They cannot enter you in Me; the Cross forbids them. All the accusation of the evil one and all the screaming of demons are outside of you. They cannot enter you in Me; the Cross forbids them. I am the one Who Is LIVING IN You NOW!! Yes, the grave is empty. There are no sins there. The Father does not know them, but He knows you. Not one of all your sins can ever return to you, the Cross forbids them. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). The world is crucified to me and I to the world (Galatians 6:14). Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1)."
Now Christ always hits the target and always connects me with the Father and Father with me. Now because I am in Christ and Christ is in me by God's doing I ALWAYS hit the target and sinneth not. Christ is NOW my LIVING CONNECTION TO GOD MY FATHER!! I never come up short or miss the target.