Power At The Believer’s Disposal

January 16, 2015

Power At The Believer’s Disposal

Some people are hesitant about becoming a Christian because they are almost certain that they couldn’t live the Christian life. If you meet someone who feels that way, the best way to respond to them is to agree with them. Within ourselves we don’t have what it takes to live the Christian life.

The power to live the Christian life does not rest in human effort alone. Those who try to do it that way inevitably fail. The power to live the Christian life comes from three sources.

First of all, it takes “a new you” to live the Christian life. The salvation experience includes a renewal. Renewal means to be made new. Titus 3:5 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saveus, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Ephesians chapter four talks about the change that needs to take place after we become a child of God. It isn’t something that happens automatically because we are commanded to do it. It is a matter of putting off the “old man” and putting on the “new man.” The old man is your former way of thinking and living. The new man is the change that God wants to bring about in your life. Verse 23 says that it is by means of a renewing of the mind. “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” The new man is formed in us as we yield to the Holy Spirit who dwells in us

When one becomes a Christian he shouldn’t feel compelled to say, “Now I can’t do the things I used to do.” If he has put on the new man he will say “I no longer want to do those things.” That makes all the difference in the world. The new man has a different view of life. He has a new and nobler reason for living. To help you see the need of putting on the new man, you need to get your Bible and read Ephesians chapter four, especially verses 17-32. Meditate on it and ask God to renew your mind. If you are hesitant about becoming a Christian for fear that you couldn’t live the Christian life, please reconsider it in the light of what Ephesians chapter four says.

Since we live in this world, we are constantly under the influence of the wrong philosophy of life. We are tempted to think like people in this world think. For that reason, we need a continual renewal of our minds. That is what Romans 12:2 tells us. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” The verbs in this verse are in a tense that means it needs to be continual.

The second source of power for living the Christian life is power that God gives us through prayer. God gives us power to do what is right. Ephesians 6:10 says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” In Philippians 4:13 the Apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” We need to believe that and claim the promise for ourselves.

Ephesians 6:11-18 tells us that God has places the Christian armor at our disposal. This is the third source of enablement for living the Christian life. By means of this armor we can be victorious over the temptations that come our way. The armor consists of:

  1. The truth to guard us against deception. Verse 14
  2. The breastplate of righteousness to keep us from committing unrighteous deeds. Verse 14
  3. Shoes for our feet that will keep us walking in the way of peace. Verse 15
  4. The shield of faith to guard us against subtle temptations. Verse 16
  5. The helmet of salvation which is the assurance that we are God’s children. Verse 17
  6. The sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. It tells us what we should and shouldn’t do. Verse 17

Finally, II Peter 1:3 tells us that God has at our disposal all we need. “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” That leaves us without excuse for being victorious in our Christian life. Living the Christian life isn’t just for some super saints who have what it takes. We all have what it takes.  If you haven’t become a genuine Christian because you thought you couldn’t live the Christian life, you need wait no longer. It is available for you, my friend. Now you know you can, with God’s divine help. If you are a believer, I challenge you to write down Philippians 4:13 this way. “I (write your name here)_can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

If you have questions or comments you can send them to us at the following address:  rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

 

 

 

 

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