The nation of Israel is a perfect example of God’s people who try, in the power of their flesh, to live for God (Hebrews 8:7-9). They occasionally made great strides, but they constantly failed to keep the law.
We have no more success than they did in obeying God’s Word on our own. We fail just as miserably to keep the letter of God’s law without the power of His Spirit within us.
However, as we rely on our triune God, He sanctifies us through our union with Christ (1 Corinthians 1:2,30), the washing of the water of His Word (Ephesians 5:26) and our obedience to His precepts (Hebrews 12:14; 2 Timothy 2:21-22).
We are the sons of God (1 John 3:2), members of Christ’s Body who are fitly joined together (Romans 12:5), and filled with the fruit of His Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). We do not work for God, but Christ lives and works in and through us (Colossians 1:27; Ephesians 2:10).
Our justification, sanctification and glorification are not obtained through our human effort, but by the work of our triune God within us (Titus 3:5). The Trinity works in us as individuals and as the united Body of Christ (John 13:35; Ephesians 4:11-12).
Our Father God provides our sanctification (Hebrews 8:10-12; Philippians 2:12-13), Jesus is the hope of our glorification (Ephesians 5:26), and the Spirit does the work of sanctification within us (2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
As we mature in Christ, we are examples to the world of Agape love, because we abide in Christ and His divinity dwells within us (John 15:4-5). This allows us to make disciples of those in our sphere of influence (Matthew 28:19-20).
Before we were ever born, God planned what gifts and ministries He would give to us to use for His Kingdom (Ephesians 2:20). He joined the Body together so that each joint would supply what is needed for the healthy function of the whole (Ephesians 4:16).
Father God, You shower us with Your blessings so magnificently that we cannot count them all. We so enjoy walking in Your Spirit and living with Your presence within us (Galatians 2:20). You give to us so that we will have the ability to meet the needs of everyone You bring into our life (Matthew 10:8).
You meet all of our needs physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and allow us to bring this same healing and supply to others. We rejoice that we are members of Your Body and that we can supply our part so that the Body is healthy and whole.
Thought for the Day:
The more we abide in Christ, we deeper we realize the security and blessings of our position and promise in Him.