There are three truths essential for all Believers. It doesn’t matter if you are a high-church, born-again Episcopalian, or an enthusiastic, hand-waving Pentecostal. We all need to know who Christ is in us, who we are in Christ, and how to radiate this day in and day out through the power of the Spirit. If any one of these three fundamentals is inoperative in our lives, we will be falling short of what our Father had in mind when He blessed us with the work of Christ at Calvary and the gift of His Holy Spirit.
He wants each of us to know the freedom of the indwelling Christ. He did not call us to live the Christian life in order to please Him. He placed His Son, Jesus, in us so that He could express His life through us.
Even if through our best efforts we produce a reasonable facsimile of Christ’s life that appears to be great Christianity, our Father will consider our efforts worthless because they were produced from our won resources. He is not primarily interested in our doing a good job living for Him. His principle desire is for us to allow Christ to live His life through us.
Be sure to catch this point: When it comes to living in your own strength versus trusting Christ to be strong through you, the two feel exactly the same most of the time. We’re just talking feelings though. In actuality, there is all the difference in the world, especially in the mind of God.
God does not recognize works done in the flesh as being of any value, but He always raves about the things of the Spirit.
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