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Life Application. Alex was distressed over his constant failure to live the Christian life victoriously. Why do I constantly fail?
How can I push that magic button that will change my life and make me the kind of person God wants me to be, and the kind of person I want to be? But the victory is ours as we learn to abide in Christ. He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. Abiding in Christ means to be one with Him by faith. It is to live in conscious dependence upon Him, recognizing that it is His life, His power, His wisdom, His strength, and His ability operating through us that enable us to live according to His will. We do this by surrendering the throne of our lives to Him, and by faith drawing upon His resources to live a supernatural, holy fruitful life.
The abiding life, we in Christ, He in us, enables us to live a victorious and fruitful life. Millions of Christians throughout the world profess their love for Christ each week by attending church, singing songs, studying their Bibles, and attending prayer meetings.
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Yet, all the talk in the world will never convince anyone that you or I truly love the Lord unless we obey Him, and this includes bearing fruit for Him. The only way we can demonstrate that we are truly abiding in Him is to produce fruit, which involves introducing others to our Savior as well as living holy lives. The abiding life also brings lasting joy. Is the abiding presence of Jesus Christ a reality in your life? As an expression of your will, in prayer, surrender the throne of your life to Him, and by faith, invite Him to endow you with supernatural life and enable you to bear much fruit for His glory.
The Abiding Life Abiding is the key to the Christian experience by which the divine attributes are transplanted into human soil, to the transforming of character and conduct. What did you learn through these situations? Results of Abiding in Christ Read John If the Holy Spirit was sent to give me power to live a victorious life, why do I feel so powerless, so defeated?
We often yearn for spiritual power and do not have it because of impure motives, selfish desires, or unconfessed sin. God does not fill a dirty vessel with His power and love.
The vessel of our lives must be cleansed by the blood of our Lord before it can be filled with the Spirit of God. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. It expresses to God our desire for purity, our longing to make His ways our ways. Asking Him to reveal to us any unconfessed sin enables us to keep our accounts short with Him.
Confession results in cleansing. In this lesson, you will learn how your life can have this power. The first step is to be cleansed from sin and filled with the Spirit of God. When God brings to your attention the fact that something you have done is sin, you are to confess — say the same thing God says about that specific sin. Then determine to put it out of your life and not do to it again. Picture with me for a moment a British soldier during the Revolutionary War.
Along with his fellow soldiers, he fought against Colonial forces, who were brilliantly led by General George Washington. As the small Colonial army fought against the overwhelming, superior troops of England, they were miraculously victorious. Even so, there were several British soldiers who resued to surrender. They refused to admit their defeat, and they continued with guerrilla activity. This is the portrait of the Christian life.
The Christian flag of victory has been raised; Satan has been defeated.
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Yet the spiritual guerrilla warfare continues. If we are to walk in the control and fullness of the Holy Spirit, we must be prepared for spiritual conflict. I am sure there are dozens of times everyday — at home, at the office, at the grocery store, while driving on the freeway — that you face temptations to compromise your Christian convictions. None of us in this life have gotten to the point of perfection.
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I can tell you that even after almost fifty years of walking with our wonderful Lord, I face such guerrilla warfare daily. Let me list just a few:.