By: Dr. Louis Bustle
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose”
Today I talked with a fellow believer from Argentina who has come to us from another denomination. We talked about the reasons that he has chosen our denomination. He told me he is studying about holiness and is very intrigued with its wonderful message. He also said that at the time he joined the church he was talking to an important church leader of that country about his decision. The leader said something like this:
“You should not do that for they preach a message that is impossible to live.”
Of course, I disagree. The gospel of grace may contain many divine mysteries but being obedient to God’s will is plain and simple. The message of holiness is one of obedient faith in the plan and promises of God’s Word. For this we were born!
What about passages like “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48); “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5 NKJV); “He who sins is of the devil” (I John 3:8 NKJV); “Sanctify them by the truth” (John 17:17). Yes, God wants to do more in our lives than we think.
Some people are satisfied to live in the struggle of daily sin and in constant repentance of sins committed. It seems that after a while it is not real repentance because they know it will just happen again. We can have a fullness of the Spirit that will hold us steady and give us the will and power not to commit willful sin. As a matter of fact, we would not want to hurt our Lord by disobeying Him. We can love Him so much we won’t want to commit sin. “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God” (I John 3:9).
Why would the Bible tell us to have the mind of Christ?
How much of the power of God is working in you?
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord, help me to live in the fullness of the Spirit and be obedient.
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