During these End Times, there are more false teachers than ever before. Their unorthodox teachings are cutting through the fabric of mainline denominations, who are abandoning the truth of God’s Word in favor of political correctness and humanistic fables (Titus 1:14).
This gives authentic Pastors and church leaders the responsibility of teaching the conservative truth of Biblical Christianity, especially for New Believers, who do not instantly walk in their potential as sanctified Saints. They are a new creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:10).
The Holy Spirit perfects us over years by renewing our mind with the mind of Christ (Romans 12:2). We commence this process by repenting of our sins, and accepting Jesus as our way of salvation, and our only means of attaining eternal life. We gradually mature spiritually and become complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10-12).
There is nothing that can happen to us during our lifetime that does not first go through God’s gracious hands. Even if we cause this mishap to occur by the lusts of our flesh, the deceitfulness of riches, or the philosophy of this world. We are reaping what we sowed, but God will still work through it to perfect us.
Every task that God calls us to perform is our opportunity to allow Christ to produce in us and through us what we need in order to accomplish it. He gives us His supernatural wisdom and power (Colossians 1:29). We are inspired and invigorated by God’s Spirit within us (1 Corinthians 6:19, Philippians 2:12-13).
God’s Spirit conforms us to the image of Jesus, free of blame, and holy and unblemished – bringing many adopted children with us – from glory to glory. We are filled with Christ, under His guidance, and submitted to His control (Zechariah 4:6; Ephesians 3:7; Philippians 4:13, 19).
Father God, we are controlled in this life by circumstances, or by the will of our flesh and the devil, or by Your Holy Spirit. Remind us that this is our choice. Fill us so full of Your Holy Spirit that we exhibit the life of Christ to the world around us (Galatians 2:20). We want to walk in Your spiritual fruit, guided and directed by Your perfect plans for our life.
Help us to decrease, so that Christ in us can increase. We want Him to serve as our eyes, hands, feet, thoughts, emotions and behavior, as You work through us in the ministry of reconciliation of sinners to Christ. We submit our life to Your control, trust You with all of our heart, delight in Your presence within us, and look forward, as Your adopted children, to spending eternity with You in Your service.
Thought for the Day:
Christ in us inspires us to encourage our fellow Saints in times of stress, to comfort each other through times of grief, and to instruct one another in Biblical Truth through His love, power, wisdom, compassion, and inspiration within us.
– Galatians 5:22-23