I can trust my God.
He does for me what I cannot do on my own.
Ephesians 6:10-12 (NASB)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 1:16-21 (NASB) Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom
For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know the hope of His calling, which are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
One of the things that are easily confused in the church today is our purpose. We are not called to be primarily holy men and women of God. We are to live in the reality that we have been redeemed. We have been purchased, bought and paid for, releasing us from the hold of sin over us. With all of the instructions for godly living it is easy to lose perspective; focusing on our shortcomings instead of the perfection we have in Christ. When we are focused on self-improvement and our own holiness our focus is on ourselves and not on the person of Jesus.
When we claim, "I live in Christ alone!” We are resting on Him solely for salvation. When we believe that, however unworthy, we are still saved in Jesus. We are looking to the goodness of God and what He has done for us, not what we are doing for Him. When this is our perspective of reality we have a grateful heart and an attitude of thanksgiving. The love of Christ will grow in us and have an effect in every area of our life. We are able to stop living for ourselves and start living in the freedom God has given us to live in Him. As we grow in this mindset we are no longer just living on the righteousness Jesus gives us. We are starting to walk in His righteousness in our thought life, our choices and our actions.
We always have to remember that living a godly life and walking in the holiness of God is an effect from drawing closer to God. When we think our ability to live a more godly life is the cause of our righteousness, we have missed the true nature of our redemption. Jesus alone has put us in right standing with God. We have the fullness of deity through Christ living in us because God first chose us, we didn’t choose Him. We are living in the understanding that we haven’t earned anything, we are living in the power of God’s freely given grace, gratefully.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?