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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Faith Alone"

Date published: 04/28/2013
 
Galatians 3:3 “Are you so foolish?  After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?” (NIV)  
 
“Pity me for making a mistake once, but stupid me for doing it twice.”  Can you remember your life before Christ when you struggled and erred while seeking satisfaction in life on your own?  No matter what the activity, there was a hollow, empty spot in your spirit that could only be met by the living Christ.  Now as sweet and powerful as your new life in Christ is, human tendency is to take charge by pushing God off of the throne of your life.  This is like repeating your first mistake when you did not know Christ as your Savior by now ignoring Him even though you are His child in the Kingdom of God.  Your human nature wants to be in control, while God requires you to release control to Him by trusting Him with your life.  Philippians 2:12-13 describes this tension, “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.”  Being in control appears to create some certainty…while trusting God leaves the result open and in His hands.  You receive the Holy Spirit through your spiritual rebirth In Christ; through the Holy Spirit, you live each day drawing upon God’s wisdom, presence, peace, and power to complete the work He started in you.  Philippians 1:6 expresses your walk in Christ, “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Turning to your own ways through your own strength will only achieve earthly results; living by faith in God through the constant work of the Holy Spirit will produce God’s perfect and pleasing work in your life!   
 
James 1:17-18 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  
 
Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)