A believer has two principles at work within him. "The Lord divided the light from the darkness." Darkness, by itself, is quiet and undisturbed, but when the Lord sends in light, there is a conflict, for the one is in opposition to the other: a conflict which will never cease till the believer is altogether light in the Lord. So soon as the Lord gives to any man light, he proceeds to separate himself from the darkness around;..for nothing short of the gospel of Christ will now satisfy him,
Often it’s challenging to make the most excellent choice, especially if there aren’t many others joining us. Sometimes it may feel as if our desires and freedoms have been suppressed. But if you follow Paul’s advice, you’ll notice some really positive outcomes—like being pure and blameless and fruitful (v.11). Make the choice to live a life filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). Then revel in the result!
Living a life of purity is a daily battle, an ongoing war between our flesh and the Spirit of God working to re-create us to be like Christ. Without the power of the Spirit, our willpower eventually fails. But because of the Spirit's power at work within us, our failures in the flesh can be overcome and our progress to our goal of Christlikeness is assured (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). Forgive me, Father, for the times when I've willingly let my flesh win out over the call of your Spirit...
Ephesians 4:21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
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Matthew 6:33...King James Version (KJV)...33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you....Psalm 37:4...King James Version (KJV)...4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart...Psalm 145:19...King James Version (KJV)...19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
What Is A Christian?...In this series, Andrew addresses the two most important events that will ever take place in a person’s life—first, receiving salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, and second, being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.