The new life

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20


 

What is the new life that we have as Christians? If we are “saved” and “born-again” then the Scriptures tells us the “old has gone and the new has come”. So what is the “new” that has come?

The Scriptures are so clear that Jesus Himself is the “way, the truth, and the life”. Jesus is indeed our life. The new life that is available is the very life of Jesus Christ. Once we are made new our old self is dead. Our old self has been crucified with Christ so our new life is the very life of God Almighty by His Spirit within us.


Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27


The poured-out, indwelling Holy Spirit is our new life. As such every thought, emotion, attitude, motive, and circumstance must be taken to the Lord in prayer and examined against the Bible so that we may allow the very life of Jesus Christ to be the direction and action of our life.

For me, this means three things: 1. I must always lay everything in my life before the Lord for Him to do with it what He wants and 2. I must always listen to the voice of the Lord that comes by His Word and Spirit and 3. I must always set my heart and will to obey the Lord by faith and realize that His very life within me will proceed forth.

As Christians, the hope, promise, and reality is that we don’t have to live the perfect life by our effort and vain-glory, but rather that He will live His perfect, holy, loving, and righteous life through us. I believe this and on this, I stand. I pray for a fully-surrendered spirit within me that will never quench or grieve or despise or work against the life of Christ within me.

Thank you, Lord, that you are the perfect life within me.


But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30

Keeping in step with God’s abiding Spirit

Here is the reality for a believer in Jesus Christ.

If you have come to faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then God Almighty has indeed saved you. If you have confessed your sins and repented of your former way of living according the ways of the world, then God has forgiven you and cleansed you and imparted to you His Holy Spirit. This is the gospel. This is true.

Furthermore, if you are a true believer in Jesus Christ, then His Spirit is within you. This is a promise from God’s word, and this is a reality.

But why then do we find ourselves in times and seasons of life where we are not fully obedient to all that God has spoken or why do believers find themselves exhibiting characteristics, traits and behaviors that are not of the Holy Spirit who abides within?

The question, indeed the challenge every day is whether or not we will obey every word that has been spoken to us by God Himself and is fulfilled by His indwelling Spirit. Will we remember that He is not a God who is far off, but rather one who is near. And not only is He near but He is within the very hearts of His children. Will we believe and obey God’s words?

If we are impatient or unkind, lacking grace or mercy, or in any other way living like the world, the enemy or the carnal self, the reality is that we are not living according the power and the promise of the indwelling Spirit.

Does this mean that God’s promises have not come true? Does this mean that God’s assurances that He is making us new and that He is putting His love and law in our heart and lives coming to naught? NO! Rather it is we who are out of step with the Holy Spirit. The power is present, but we are not tapping into it. The promise is true but we are not acting on it. We must repent. We must confess. We must give God everything so that we can begin to live in the fullness of the Spirit of God. When we totally consecrate ourselves everyday, then God is able to do what we formerly thought impossible: change us!

So this week, today, this moment, if you are feeling weak, selfish or wordly: don’t live there. Stop. Pray. Confess. Turn away from these things. And then ask the Lord for help by His indwelling Spirit and live as if He is working: HE IS! He is answering your cries for help. He is providing the kindness you have asked for. He is supplying the gentleness and patience that you need. God Himself is pouring out His faith, mercy, joy, peace and love that you know you need. Even if you haven’t asked, God is still reaching out to you with hands full of every supply you need. That is His prevenient grace (the grace that goes before our asking). If you have asked, His hands are not only extended with the blessings that you need but His hands are literally pouring forth the supply you are so desperately in need of. Will you receive it? Will you accept His free, gracious and bountiful gifts to you?

How do you receive these gifts? How do you accept them? Simple: just walk, talk, act, react as if your prayers are already answered. Treat your neighbor with the patience you have asked for. Treat your enemy with the kindness you have asked for. Speak to people with the kindness you have asked God for. And trust me, in the middle of you living as if you have already received God’s bountiful supply, you will realize that indeed He has and is perpetually pouring out all that His children need for life and godliness.

Believer. Beloved. Child of God. Please receive the help and keep in step with the Spirit of God that is at work in your very heart.

 

No compromise

Life is full of compromises.

When you are trying to figure out a place to go eat with your spouse, you compromise. This compromise makes us self-sacrificing in our love.

As you decide on an appropriate plan of action for your work project, you compromise. This compromise makes us team-players.

When seeking to make peace with another person, we compromise. This compromise makes us peace-makers.

But there is a place in life that we absolutely must never compromise. We simply cannot EVER compromise when its comes to sin. When we do, that compromise defeats us.

When we compromise with sin and the world, we really reject the truth of God. If we compromise with sin we are in actuality agreeing with devil and pushing back again the truth of God. Can you ever imagine in your life glorifying the devil and dishonoring God? We do this when we compromise with sin. Furthermore, if we compromise with sin we are rejecting not only the truths of God but also the promises of God.

The GREAT NEWS is that we don’t have to compromise with sin. If we will come to faith in the Lord Jesus, then we can have His Holy Spirit power within, both forgiving and cleansing from sin but also empowering us to live victorious over sin. As a believer in Christ, the same power that is at work in us is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead!! The power that raised Jesus from the dead is able to preserve us complete and without blame in the face of sin and all the way until we leave this life and go to the next.

There is no sin, no call of the world, no deceit of the devil that is stronger than the power of God. Ask the Holy Spirit into your life for forgiveness and salvation but also ask the Holy Spirit power to be at work in you sio you can say yes to righteousness and no to sin. Don’t ever compromise with sin. And I know that if you ask Him, God is able to empower you and keep you victorious over all sin!!