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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Free God"

Date published: 04/02/2018

Mark 3:27 “But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man.  And then he will plunder his house.” (NASB) 

   As a Christian, Jesus must be Lord of your house; in other words, Jesus must be the strong man of your house. Inadvertently you can bind the strong man of your house when you put the things you treasure (idols) before God. For Christians to experience God and the riches of His kingdom, they must allow God to be their Lord, so that He can have free rein in their lives. It is only in this sanctifying process that you experience all God has for you. 

   The process of making Jesus Lord involves your response to the Holy Spirit convicting you of any area of your life that is not yielded to Him. God’s convicting can become a battle with your flesh, the ways of the world, and satan as to whether or not you will make Him Lord in each of these areas. Refusing to yield any area of your life to God is in fact binding God’s work in your life. Doing this not only causes you to miss what God desires to do in you, but it also further opens your life to the work of satan, the ways of the world and your flesh. Christians often focus on stopping satan’s work in their lives, while in reality they should be more focused on allowing God’s work in you for sanctification and righteousness.  

   In Mark 4:24b-25, Jesus points you to pursuing sanctification and righteousness, "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you — and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him." (NIV) Embracing this truth should give you pause to consider how you are not only binding God in your life, but also how you are pursuing Him. The following four steps will help you break the bindings you have placed on God while helping you grow in Him: 1) Make a daily habit of being in the Scriptures and praying in your quiet time. 2) Put in writing one application that God has impressed upon your heart from your time in Scripture and prayer. You will find that these applications often reveal areas where you are binding God. 3) By faith, obey God’s leadings. 4) Pray for the Holy Spirit’s transforming work to make it happen. This daily habit will cultivate ongoing sanctification and fruitfulness in your life. 

   Romans 12:2 describes the transformative work that God desires to do in every Christian as he exposes himself to God by hearing, obeying, and allowing God to work: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.” (NIV) Do not allow your life (house) to be pillaged and plundered of the good work God wants to produce in you, but rather be a living vessel of the Holy Spirit’s power. Allow God to take full ownership of your house. 

Romans 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.” (NIV)

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Satisfaction” and “Transformation – 1.” 

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