You know, it's totally impossible for me to live the Christian life in my own strength. But I can be strong when I depend on Christ and the Holy Spirit.
The apostle Paul tells us, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
I know what you mean Kevin. The Bible stresses how important it is that we draw our strength from Christ. In our own strength we are helpless apart from the Holy Spirit. But with Christ in our life we can live out the plan that God has for us.
Walking in the Spirit is experiencing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, all of those fruits of the Spirit that the Bible talks about.
If you want to walk in the fullness and power of the Holy Spirit, you need to know your spiritual heritage. You need to know how to draw upon the inexhaustible resources of God's love, wisdom, power, forgiveness, and abundant grace.
You do not have any strength in yourself. You must rely totally upon the mighty resurrection power of our Lord through His Holy Spirit.
"I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead…" (Ephesians 1:19-20, NLT2)
In John 15:4,5, Jesus stresses the importance of drawing your strength from Him:
"Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in Me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing."
(John 15:4,5 NLT2)
In your own strength, you are helpless, spiritually impotent, and fruitless; even as a Christian you are like a branch cut off from the vine if you try to live your own life. But if you abide in Christ and His Word abides in you, His life-giving power will be expressed through you and will enable you to live and witness for Him.
Jesus explained the importance of being a fruitful witness: "When you produce much fruit, you are My true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father." (John 15:8, NLT2)
The responsibility for fruit belongs to the Holy Spirit, who works in you and through you, producing fruit and changing the lives of individuals. Your role is to trust God and obey Him. Success in witnessing is simply sharing Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God.
The Lord Jesus commissioned the disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel, with the promise that He would always be with them. The One who has been given "all authority in heaven and on earth" said, "Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20, NLT2).
Our living Savior, the One whom you serve, is the all-powerful God!
Christianity is Christ. If you have Christ, you have everything you need, for you are complete in Him. He will provide all you need.
If you desire to walk in the Spirit, be sure to know your resources as a child of God so that you can say with Paul, "I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13, NLT2)
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