Christ Walk, Our Example

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”  1 John 2:6

Christ’s whole life was lived in dependence upon the Father Who worked in Him by the Spirit.  He related every circumstances He faced through the Father’s ability to handle it through His humanity.  He could have handled any one of them in His own divine strength.  However,  for the sake of the example Jesus wanted to leave us, He choose not to. 

Jesus Christ walked with His focus on the Father and the Father worked through Him by the indwelling Holy Spirit.  We are to walk with our focus on Jesus and He will work through us by the same Holy Spirit Who indwells us.

Be Filled With The Spirit

This pattern of living is called ‘the filling of the Spirit ‘ in Eph 5:18, where it says, “and do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation but be filled with the Spirit.”  The command to every Christian, ‘be filled with the Spirit’  is in a verb tense in the original Greek which means to be continually  filled with the Spirit.  It is to be a moment by moment experience in the life of one who believes in the baptism and death of Jesus that constitutes the righteousness of God.  When Paul commands all true believers to be filled with the Spirit, he means to voluntarily yield control of ourselves to another person, the Holy Spirit.  We should let the Holy Spirit empower our personality.

 

How Can We do This?

  1. We must first know that the Holy Spirit has taken up permanent residence in us the moment we believe by faith our sins are washed away by Jesus’ baptism and death. When we share His death, we could also become one with Him in His resurrection. Then, the promised Holy Spirit is given to us as a gift to seal our redemption in Christ. The  Holy Spirit  Who indwells us is a Person Who is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son.
  2. We should know that sin grieves the Holy Spirit but doesn’t cost Him to leave us. Eph 4:30. Jesus promised, “I will never desert you nor will I ever forsake you “ Heb 13:5.  Sin is sin and we must agree with God.  As righteous children even when we sin, we must continue to affirm our confession of faith in the righteousness of God that has delivered us from all sins. 
  3. We should know that it is one thing for the Holy Spirit to dwell in us but quite another thing for Him to fill and control us. God wants us to be continually filled with the Spirit.  The only way we can have this happen is to decide who runs the show in our lives.  We need to make a once and for all decision to give the title deed of our lives to God.  This does not mean that we are always going to do what God wants us to do.  It does mean that we have come to a point in life where we have soberly assessed  that God knows the best for us.

Conclusion

Dear friends, God has given us eternal life, put us into His everlasting family, given us inheritance with His Son and made us kings and priests forever in Christ.  Now, we can confidently say, ‘I can trust a God like that.  If I give my life totally into His keeping, He knows how to handle  it for His glory.’

 

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