Unleashing The Power Of Christ

Unleashing the power of Christ demolishes Satan’s effort to turn us away from God. It’s important to realize placing Jesus as the centerpiece of our lives captures the Lord’s attention. And with God in control our future is eternal.

John’s 4th chapter starts with an uncommon meeting between Jesus (a Jew) and a woman from Samaria. Here John shows us the traditions of two different ethnic cultures that don’t mix with each other and do their best to avoid personal relations (John 4:9). But because it’s God who confronts her the traditions melt away.

This chapter exposes Christ as the way to eternal life and is the primary message from John. It begins with a powerful truth. Here Christ speaks of eternal life with a promise of filling the spiritual void caused by sin. He compares salvation with an endless delivery of refreshing water.

Think of it this way. When the body becomes neglected from a lack of water it suffers. Unlike food, water is more crucial for physical survival. The body can survive without food for roughly three weeks but needs water within a week.

Well, the same holds true in our spiritual existence. When we deprive ourselves of the spiritual nourishment Christ brings to our souls, it separates us from God’s grace. The first thing to remember is without the Lord’s favor we stay vulnerable to sin.

To align our spirits with God, then we must live in Christ. Since the Lord responds to those who humble themselves to Jesus, then our lives must illuminate His Spirit. And once we concede to this truth, our rebirth takes place (John 3:7).

Another key point in this chapter is Christ’s overpowering ability to convert the Samaritan woman into Christianity (John 4:1-26). Jesus unveiled her adulterous life (John 4:17-18), and she realized the unmistakable reality of Christ’s deity.

In her conversation with Christ, the reality of her sinfulness became undeniable. The truth Christ spoke to her changed the way she conceived God. As the result of Christ’s intervention, she was reborn (John 3:3).

Apostle John’s account of the Samaritan woman’s talk with Christ didn’t stop with her miracle. John showed another way of faith-proclamation. When she returned home and professed Christ to others, many accepted Him as God’s Son on her word. (John 4:39-42).

John’s narrative between Jesus and the Samaritan woman heightens our awareness of God’s eternal plan. Her transformation directly results from Christ’s power to change a person’s, heart. Likewise, we must follow the same path.

It’s in the details of this blueprint for salvation we discover God’s grace through Christ. Nothing pleases God more than to place our trust in Jesus. And once we abandon ourselves to Him God steps in and sanctifies our hearts!

A Spiritual Rebirth With Eternal Results

One of the most heartfelt experiences with Christ is the spiritual rebirth He gives to God’s faithful followers. Nothing God’s enemy offers matches being reborn. This emergence from darkness into eternal light aligns a believer’s spirit with God’s presence. And once Jesus connects us with God, we are no longer bonded to sin.

The reality of a rebirth shows up in John’s Gospel and nowhere else in the Bible. Here the Holy Spirit gave insight to John and shows the characteristic of salvation. As a matter of fact becoming reborn is God’s mercy from original sin.

Spiritual rebirth engulfs us in Christ’s wisdom leading to an unshakable understanding of God’s truth. Without this eternal knowledge, the door to heaven stays closed. But through abiding in Jesus our inheritance in the Lord’s kingdom is secure.

What Does Rebirth Mean?

The answer to this question isn’t hard. Reborn uncovers God’s truth. In John’s third chapter he captures this revelation in Jesus’s conversation with Nicodemus. When Christ explained the meaning behind this new outlook, He showed two key ingredients that mark a spiritual birth.

Baptism (John 3:5), and faith in Him (John 3:16) are the essentials of this spiritual awakening of God’s word.

 

 

 

Baptism

In verse five Jesus mentions baptism as both in water and spirit.

God used John the Baptist to cleanse His people in the water (Matthew 3:11). This is an act of faith where a believer becomes willing to show a want for God. It’s important to realize God prepared the way for Christ through the christening of water.

A point often overlooked is repentance. It’s imperative to show God our remorseful behavior. He responds to a sincere effort to turn away from sin. It’s in our best interest to show God our love for Him by living in His purpose. Nothing is more pleasing to the Lord than picking up our cross (no matter how painful) and walk in His light.

Remember without repentance, forgiveness stays elusive.

The facts of God never change. He doesn’t deviate from His truth. And the baptism of the Spirit gives a most compelling evidence to this reality.

Faith in Christ brings everlasting results (John 3:17). As shown above John the Baptist prepare the way to Christ through water, likewise, Christ paves the way to salvation through the Holy Spirit. It’s in the Spirit of truth that God unleashes the power of His word.

Rebirth Effectiveness

Jesus made it known those who believe He is God’s son will avoid condemnation (John 3:18). Once we accept to our innermost self that Christ is the Son of man then God gravitates us to His Light. This Christian consciousness crushes sin and sanctifies the heart. Then we discover an inner peace only Christ can give.

On the positive side, living in Christ our deeds become intertwine in God’s sovereignty (John 3: 21). It’s a holy privilege to work for God so those around us come in contact with His grace.

The penalty for rejecting Christ as God’s Son is eternal darkness (John 3:19). Jesus leaves no doubt condemnation is a hardened heart engaged in evil deeds (John 3:20).

Nothing changed since Christ spoke this truth. We see wicked people carrying out evilness. For example, terrorism is a worldwide demonstration of men loving evil. It causes people to live in fear. Sexual immorality, bitterness, and hatred are other signs of people living in condemnation.

My Story

Before my rebirth, life became entangled in behavior unacceptable to God. I lived in a reprobate mindset unaware of the consequences of my unholy actions. My prideful intentions exposed a selfish way of living. And when I didn’t get my way, resentment, rage, and bitterness pushed others away.

This separation from Christ led to a lonely existence.

Thanks to God I am now reborn. Today I no longer live in spiritual isolation. Christ stepped in with the Holy Spirit and revolutionized my mind, heart, and soul. The impact the Holy Trinity makes keeps me devoted because nothing matches the calmness they bring to my inner-being.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not perfect and do sin but the courage Jesus brings coupled with repentance never brings negative results. In, fact trials and tribulations are opportunities for growing faith. And the more I trust God the stronger I become in moving past temptations.

To sum it up, Christ’s gift of a rebirth is full of God’s grace. It’s in our experience with this truth we find a miraculous and joyful existence. The peace Jesus brings in our broken world illuminates the eternal hope God promises. Remember Christ never fails us!

What is your experience with rebirth?

Redemption Through God’s Lamb

God’s actions go beyond human comprehension, and in John’s Gospel, he exposes this truth in a magnificent way. When John the Baptist noticed Christ, he professed Him as the Lamb of God (John 1:29). Here the Lord uncovers His intention to sacrifice Jesus giving birth to redemption.

God chose John to unveil Christ as His Lamb. No other Gospel depicts Jesus as a lamb. In fact, the Lamb of God emerges in this Gospel and the Book of Revelation both written by John. This broadcast of God’s eternal plan to sacrifice His Son is the cornerstone of a Christian’s life.

As a matter of fact in Biblical times, a lamb played a crucial role in the relationship between God and His faithful believers. For example, the first Passover (Exodus 12:1-11), God chose a lamb to keep the Israelites protected from His tenth plague (Exodus 12:12). Here we gain insight into the Lord’s choice of a lamb as a mark of salvation.

The Origin of Sacrifice

Sacrifice is miraculous. The Old Testament is full of them. There are five major offerings mentioned in this section of the Bible. Burnt, grain, peace, sin, and trespass sacrifice are significant actions taught by God to glorify Him. Each of them unleashed God’s mercy and brought peace in their lives.

It’s astonishing to understand the way God rewarded our ancient relatives the Israelites. In their times of defying the Lord, He still welcomed their offerings. And in their sacrifices, He showed them love, harmony, grace, and justice.

God’s Lamb New Covenant

The moment God delivered Christ to the world His plan to offer Him as His personal sacrifice. This New Covenant (Hebrews 9:15) with humanity the Holy Spirit guides us and places us in Jesus’s hands. It’s important to realize Christ’s death and resurrection are the keys that unlock the door to God’s.

This altruistic act from God erases original sin and cleanses us from our transgressions. Remember the Lord’s Lamb took on the sins of the world and defeated Satan. God responds to those who accept Christ as His Redeemer.

When I meditate on God’s Lamb, it brings tears to my eyes. It captures my heart and puts perspective on salvation. This gives a most compelling evidence to God’s truth because my inner-being becomes filled with the Holy Spirit. And my gratitude for God intensifies heightening my consciousness of Christ presence.

As shown above, the essence of God’s salvation is His unwavering action to offer the death of Christ for the sake of humanity. This eternal truth is the gateway to heaven. Place your faith in Christ and experience God’s grace.

What is your experience with God’s Lamb?

Humanity’s Greatest Joy

God brings the greatest joy known to humanity. His incredible way of delivering us happiness in a world full of tragedy is uplifting. He sends serenity in times of distress and through Christ we find inner-peace. Even though we may become disturbed the hope God gives keeps us spiritually balanced. Behind every blessing, we find God’s joy.

The connection between Christ and enjoying life isn’t an accident. God’s designed plan included receiving joy in His spiritual gifts. Since our Father placed Christ as His centerpiece, then real happiness radiates through our personal relationship with His Son. The joy Christ brings isn’t short-lived but never ending.

I’m grateful for God because Christ has changed my life. Every day is a new beginning and God is watching the way I awake to its opportunity. I try my best upon awakening to focus my thoughts on God. This gives me the best start to the day and leads me to a joyous beginning. I’m not perfect. I stumble and drift away. But the moment I realize it, humble myself before God then Christ steps in and showers me with God’s love.

The link between spiritual life and joyfulness is God’s powerful way of showing us the treasures of heaven. Christ makes following God an enjoyable and exceptional experience. Nothing the world offers comes near the happiness God gives to His faithful followers.

My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed (Psalm 71:23).

Are you experiencing God’s joy?

Chapter 5 Self-Control

Sin is unavoidable and is the root of our troubles. No one can dance around this unpalatable truth. It’s unpleasant and places us at odds with God. But God provides everything we need to turn away from sin and live at peace with Him and those around us. And one of the essential Christian principles leading to spiritual maturity is self-control.

The biggest stumbling block in drawing closer to God is our lack of self-discipline. Reacting to life’s terms in impulsive ways creates troubles and causes spiritual conflicts. Most of our mistreatment of others stem from an inability to restrain from acting out on sinful thoughts and actions. We can’t prevent ourselves from causing harm to others but Christ can and once He is involved everything changes.

Christ explained it this way. “From within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man,” (Mark 7:21-23). Jesus didn’t hold back and try to avoid or soften the truth of sin. He made it known the origin of sin comes fromthe heart.

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When I stop and think over those verses, it helps me understand the seriousness of my eternal resting place. Christ leaves no doubt the evilness sin created in the Garden of Eden. Here, I’m faced with the reality of sin and the way it destroys my relationship with God.

It’s troublesome to know I can act in sinful ways. But when God saved me, He showed me a way out of sin and into a life full of His grace. I know God wants to do the same for you (2 Peter 3:9).

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How can we prevent ourselves from self-destruction? Well, the answer is simple. First, we need to accept Christ as God’s final plan of salvation. Next, we need to examine ourselves and look at our Christian walk. Then the last piece of the equation is using Christ’s courage to turn away from sin and live a righteous life. Each of those action takes Christian discipline.

 

Accepting Christ as God’s Savior

God included Christ in everything; even at creation. In the Gospel of John, God showed him the plans He had for Christ.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines into darkness, and the darkness didn’t comprehend it,” (John 1:1-5).

Those verses are from God’s Spirit and are the essence of salvation. As believers, we must accept Christ or face eternal damnation. Our Father leaves us no excuses not to understand the way out of spiritual darkness is the Light of Christ. God gave us the Holy Spirit to know the truth of Christ.

When Christ was in the flesh spreading God’s truth many refused to accept Him as the Messiah. They knew He was from God, but couldn’t believe He was God’s Son. Their blindness rejected Christ and sealed their spiritual death. Jesus understood their disbelief and often hid the explanation to His parables.

They did the same to God’s Prophets, and Christ knew their harden hearts. Their fatal mistake of rejecting Christ is a warning for us not to follow in their footsteps (Matthew 23:3). God made sure future generations had written accounts of the eternal consequences of disobedience and His promise of heaven. The Bible has those truths and living the scriptures enhances our knowledge of Christ.

Once we follow this truth, then self-control becomes a necessity to stand firm on God’s word because temptation is an active adversary. God’s enemy is cunning, and we know this from Eve’s experience. The devil convinced her she could not die from disobeying God (Genesis 3:4) and promised her to become God’s equal (Genesis 3:5). But Satan’s deception was short lived and Adam and Eve had to face the consequences of God’s wrath.

Throughout the Old Testament, the Israelites lack of spiritual discipline caused them to chase after false gods. It was easier for them to live apart from God and be disobedient. God performed many miracles and used Prophets to bring them into His kingdom but to no avail. Their constant defiance set in motion God’s final plan for bringing them Christ as their redeemer.

The main reason for self-discipline of accepting Christ is guarding against false doctrine and teachings. After Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension many incorrect accounts of His ministry arose. Apostle Peter in his second Epistle warns believers not to fall for unfruitful beliefs (2 Peter 2) and today false teachings are still available.

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In the 1970s, Jim Jones created and led the Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ. He is a prime example of Peter’s warning. Mr. Jones misled people in the name of Christ and caused over 900 deaths. Jim was deceptive, preying on unstable souls and holding them hostage from leaving. His wickedness caused his victims to commit suicide. This is an extreme case, but it supports Peter’s message (2 Peter 2:12-17).

Most people don’t fall for extreme deception. Christ’s enemy uses unusual doctrines. Gnosticism is a doctrine the devil uses to cause confusion to God’s truth. In their gospels, they believe Christ chose Judas Iscariot as the sole recipient of His true teachings. They think creation became flawed from its start. Another one of the Gnostic belief is suggesting Christ had a wife. In the devil’s toolbox, he uses false truths to deceive, and Gnosticism is an example of the way he twists God’s word. This is why we have to be careful and not give into wrongful deities because our eternal resting place is at risk.

It takes self-control to avoid corrupting the mind with false facts. Christ leads by God’s Living Spirit, and once you receive this gift, then your salvation is finish. Your acceptance of Christ will be the greatest awakening to God’s truth since it’s the holiest experience a human can have with Him.

Self-Examination

One of the toughest parts of faith is examining the way we live our lives. It’s easy to avoid looking at our Christian walk (2 Corinthians 13:5). The world’s influences make it a challenge to set aside time and review at our hearts.

Examine-yourselves-as-toJobs, family, and friends are necessities of life. God knows we need to be attentive to them. Sometimes we become too involved in our personal lives and become distant from Christ. This happens, and often it’s unintentional.

In our busy lives, how can we give God our undivided attention?

The answer is applying the same discipline we exert in our daily affairs for survival to our commitment to God. Every day we make efforts to follow a personal schedule to meet the daily demands of life. It takes time management to keep a job.

Mothers met the needs of their children and take the proper steps necessary in providing maternal care. Our families need affection, and we adjust our lives to fulfill their needs. In our social lives, we make ourselves available to meet up with friends and enjoy having fun.

We are familiar with discipline, yet our tendency is to slight our personal time with God. Christ isn’t a bail bondsman to be called upon in times of emergencies. We need to embrace God with the same energy we use in meeting our personal responsibilities.

Remember we are no longer living life for ourselves since our calling is to glorify God through Christ (1 Peter 4:11). Jesus warns us not be lukewarm Christians (Revelation 3:15-16).

Our conscious contact with God has to be active and our efforts a constant personal exertion of devotion. God is watching the way we use our faith. And the results from adjusting our individual plans to meet God’s requests is receiving His blessings (Deuteronomy 28:1-2).

The way this works for me is starting my day with prayer and meditation. This means applying self-discipline the moment I crawl out of bed. God first called me in the spring of 1985. Alcoholism and agnosticism had ruined my life. I use to wake up in the mornings placing the focus on myself. This led me to make irrational decisions causing me immense troubles. And relying on myself kept me on a path of self-destruction.

Today I have learned to get out of bed and place my thoughts on God. It’s imperative for me to start my day with Christ because walking out the door unprotected against temptation is dangerous. My past is my greatest asset because being away from Christ I was powerless over sin.

In the mornings and starting them with God is something I love and enjoy. But to stop relying on Christ the moment I walk out the door isn’t wise since hidden problems arise throughout each day. I have to continue my reliance on Christ and take spiritual action in resolving each day’s trials.

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It has become essential for me to find a private place during work and take a few minutes asking Christ for guidance. Sometimes it’s difficult dealing with co-workers and by consulting God in those times it clears away wrongful reactions. And Christ’s peace has a calming effect and prevents me from becoming ineffective. God never stops caring because every time I turn to Him my spirit is comforted.

Another action of self-examination is looking at sin. Christ preached on looking at our personal sins. In John’s Gospel Jesus shared this with us. “So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first” (John 8:7). Their experience with Christ’s truth on sin made them realize theirs, and they removed themselves from His presence (John 8:9).

Christ reminds us not to judge others.  “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?  Hypocrite! First, remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye,” (Matthew 7:3-5). Judging others is condemning someone for sinning and forgetting to tend to one’s own.

I have found it essential to write my sins in a journal. When I first analyzed my sins, it appeared to be a pointless exercise. I had a frame of mind since God has forgiven me why should I look at my behavior? But I found out this was a superficial approach in growing my faith and needed to gain a better perspective on the ways sin manifest itself in my life.

Writing my sins on paper gives me tangible evidence to the patterns they create to my disobedience, treatment of others and the condition of my heart. By listing them in a journal it exposes them to Christ’s light and prevents them from staying hidden. It’s a way I prevent myself from living in unconfessed sin and sweeps away the obstacles in the way of my obedience to Christ.

For example, anger often leads me to cause harm to others by responding to others with hurtful words. When I get angry and don’t use self-control, then it’s impossible for me to be spiritual in my reaction. God is watching the way I show mercy and by lashing out with a vicious remark is where I am wrong. The Lord knows I will fall short but wants me to keep trying my best to live holy treating others with love.

Its abiding in Christ I find the strength to pause when angry and be kind in my reaction. I’m not perfect and fall short and have to make amends from my angry remarks. Salvation doesn’t mean I don’t sin. It means I understand my sinful nature and the mercy God gives through Christ.

Here are the questions I write on anger: Am I resentful? How often do I get mad? What makes me angry? When others harm me, do I stay sore? Do I want to get back at others when they hurt me? Do I throw a tantrum when I do not get my way? Does my anger reach the point of rage? Is it easy for me to forgive others? Do I become frustrated over things out of my control?

Answering those question helps me gain a better understanding of how anger causes me trouble. It takes away denial, highlights my wrongful behavior and opens the door to repentance. This works for any sin and makes me see the unfruitfulness of living in sin. But I have to go further since I’m looking but not acting and I will need Christ’s courage to live free from sin. To stop here stunts my spiritual maturity.

 Christ’s Courage

 It’s not by accident we find the strength to stop sinning. God made Christ our Redeemer (Colossians 1:13-14) and the more we rely on Jesus our sins lessen. Our Father understood the great fall of humanity and provided us Christ’s courage to defeat evilness. And by anchoring your life in Christ’s body Satan flees and can’t separate you from God.

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It’s a great relief to understand God never turns His back on the faithful. God has given us a holy privilege and by glorifying God in Christ, we become reborn. God has called us to join Christ and show the world proof of salvation. Our example in reacting to a broken world in a Christian way bears witness to Christ’s undeniable strength and those around us become exposed to God’s incredible existence.

 

Accepting Christ and examining our lives leads to the greatest defense against sin. It’s the courage of Christ that gives us the strength to turn away from sin and live favorable in the eyes of God. The greatest insight to Christ’s perfect courage is visiting the cross.

When they arrested, tortured and executed Christ, it showed the world a spiritual courage never seen. Christ did not resist nor defend Himself. Jesus took on everything they threw His way with grace. And the result from His courage is God’s gives the gift of salvation.

Unbelievers often view reliance on Christ as a weakness. Self-reliance is their code and believe they can do everything by themselves. In their world, they use self-sufficiency as the means of solving problems, yet the results from it don’t have lasting effects. They are blinded to God’s truth and can’t find spiritual relief from their sins. They appear to be confident but the moment problems arise that need God’s help their disbelief is exposed.

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When Christ defeated Satan in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11), it showed His mighty strength and gave us the courage to change. Each of us will experience times when we chase after the lusts of the world. Satan’s playground is too tempting for us to overcome alone. This gives us an excellent opportunity to use self-control by leaning on Christ’s strength. And the results from receiving Christ’s power shows up in our Christian walk.

Every day we are given a choice to live in Christ or face sin alone. Making the right choice leads to heaven but choosing the wrong one has eternal consequences. Remember God never forces Himself on us but when we want Christ, He is pleased and embraces us with His grace. And when we live by God’s grace our ability to stop sinning increases.

Christ makes self-control easier because we are no longer operating on our limited strength. Jesus uses the Holy Spirit to guide our actions, and this allows us to walk away from temptations. It’s in Christ we become confident and are not troubled by the problems. Christ provides us with the armor of God (Ephesians 6:11) and dresses us in the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14). We can’t go wrong when Christ is leading our path.

Self-examination, accepting Christ as God’s Savior and reliance on Jesus leads to a life full of God’s glory. One way to give God thanks is practicing self-control. God is pleased when we live righteous under every circumstance. We can agree that by living in Christ’s body and applying self-discipline our ability to turn away from sin improves our obedience to God. Remember with Christ everything is possible.

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Evidence of God’s Living Spirit

 
Everywhere we turn the proof of God is obvious. It’s in His creation of humans, other creatures, the earth, and the universe. 
 
But the evidence doesn’t stop at His creations.
 
The underlining reality of God is His divine presence. God made us in His image and placed His spirit inside our souls. Every human being is God’s creation, but the choice to experience His living Spirit is up to Him.    
 
No one can force God to show Himself. Adam and Eve couldn’t nor Noah, Moses or Ruth. The same for John the Baptist, the Twelve Disciples and Paul. You can’t, neither can I.
 
The essence of God is the elegance of His grace. When Adam and Eve sinned and fell from God’s favor then the way He showed Himself to humanity changed. This original sin gave birth to faith.
 
In the Old Testament, you will find different ways God tried to teach His people faith. Noah’s generation didn’t understand and found out God’s mighty wrath. The Israelites continued to struggle with faith and held captive several times for their indifference towards Him. God used prophets as guides, but to no avail. Their inability to grasp faith blocked them from God’s Spirit and set in motion His new covenant.
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From the beginning, God’s plan included Christ (John 1:1-5). It’s our Messiah who gives us spiritual life so we can live in God’s Spirit. God made Christ the sole entry into His kingdom and faith in our Messiah opens the door to heaven.   
 
 
Real faith is humbling oneself before Christ. A simple belief isn’t enough for even the Pharisees believed God’s existence. And Jesus exposed the Pharisees as disbelievers. So faith goes beyond the knowledge of God.
 
Faith is sacrificing personal interest, trusting God’s plan and living in the body of Christ. By abandoning ourselves over to Christ’s care without reservations, we receive God’s grace and the gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8). Once God saves us, we are anointed with the Holy Spirit and experience God’s undeniable presence.
 
Now filled with God’s Spirit, we find an inner strength beyond our own. We are given the courage to continue picking up our cross, abiding in Christ and living in God’s will. This keeps us in God’s Light, and we know our suffering doesn’t compare to the way Christ suffered on the day of His crucifixion.  
 
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Placing God above everything, loving others, forgiving those who hurt us and selfless service is the evidence of a Spirit-filled soul. Those spiritual attributes radiate to others the way God lives in the life of the faithful.  
 
I used to live an unsaved life. Everything revolved around me, and my self-serving motives dominated my actions. I was a drunkard, womanizer and ungrateful. The results from living in spiritual darkness killed my spirit and left me suicidal. I wanted to die, but God rescued me.
 
The Lord saved me, and I’m forever grateful for His mercy. I no longer live in blindness for Christ has shown me the eternal light. God’s Spirit revived my soul, and Christ’s death washed me clean. The evidence of God’s presence renews my faith and inspires me to live holy. God leaves me no excuse not to glorify Him.  

 

The proof of God’s living Spirit is both internal and external. A life centered in Christ soften the heart tames the tongue and renews the soul. The actions of a Christian show the righteousness of God. God is inescapable.  
 
 

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7 Christian Principles to Grow Your Faith:

Building a Stronger Trust Series

Part 8 The Fruits of a Stronger Faith:

Our journey through Disciple Peter’s message of faith (2 Peter 1: 5-7 NKJV) enhances our bond with God. This proven set of Christian actions embraces God with vigorous faith. Those principles have worked for centuries and at our disposal. The result of our labor is a maturing faith and an unwavering trust in God.

So, what can you expect from following Peter’s lesson?

Peter extended his message by saying this:

“For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ,” (2 Peter 1:8).


Every one of those spiritual attributes embraces Christ’s wisdom. The essence of salvation is understanding the truth of Jesus. Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension promise us eternal life.


To be neither barren nor unfruitful means Christ will deliver us God’s values. Alone we don’t have the mindset, heart or spirit to live according to God’s will. By walking with Christ our lives align with His guidance, and we prosper in spiritual matters. Reliance on God’s wisdom provides a strength beyond our own, and we stay faithful.

Peter warns us the penalty of not growing our faith.

He explains it this way:

“For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins,” (2 Peter 1:9).

Here a perfect picture emerges of a barren and unfruitful life. The lack of virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness and love spells disaster. Never-ceasing sin is a persistent spiritual suffering filled with damaging results. And we see this happening around us daily.

I have personal experience living outside the kingdom. My life uses to be full of deception. Skepticism and coincidences were my outlooks on life events. Resentments, sexual immorality, and pride dominated my actions. I always expected something in return for my services since I was a self-seeker. My suffering from an unsaved soul was relentless. I wasn’t holy.

Blasphemy, terrorism, adultery, greed and other sins occur in the secular world. They are bonded to pride and blinded from God’s word. Their darkness blocks the truth of the Lord, and they indulge in the flesh. Self-deception prevents the Light of Christ from entering their hearts. They lack the foresight of eternal life because their focus is shallow and worldly.

Old sin brings the same results our ancient ancestors encountered. They continued losing favor with God’s mercy and grace. The Old Testament attests to God’s patience with His people on sin. Captivity and wise prophets weren’t enough to convince them to repent.

So, the Lord implemented a New Covenant through His Son Christ Jesus. It’s the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Salvation comes from Jesus and growing our faith through Peter’s inspiration leads to a faith strong enough to overcome temptations. Without this, we are doomed.


Peter’s testimony to God’s faithfulness is incredible. His next two verses promises God’s grace.

He shared this:

“Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; (2 Peter 1:10).

Faith without works can’t sustain trials and tribulations. It takes persistent Christian actions to withstand the hidden problems life doles out. God has called us to partake in salvation. And Peter encourages us to stand firm on the Lord’s truth. Christ makes salvation desirable and faith holds us accountable to live holy.

Applying those 7 Christian principles to faith anchors an unshakable spiritual foundation. They give a solid footing on the eternal road. They complement each other and keep us balanced in our walk with Christ. We don’t stumble since we find Jesus’s courage to live according to God’s commandments. This doesn’t mean we won’t struggle for staying on the narrow way isn’t easy. Steadfast devotion is the key to spiritual discipline.

God used Peter to sum it up by leaving us this Scripture:

for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” (2 Peter 1:11).

The Lord is faithful and follows through with His promises. God loves us unconditionally and provides a way to be with Him forever. Here our Father rewards our efforts with an endless partnership with His Son Jesus Christ.

God’s selfless giving is undeniable, and this scripture points it out. Our willingness to follow Peter’s message shows our faith in God, and He opens the door of eternity. Wow! Isn’t the Lord amazing? Now if this doesn’t excite you, then I’m sadden because I know you can have what I’ve found.

Well, this series ends, but growing our faith through Peter’s message is ongoing. Together we can radiate God’s truth to the world by living those 7 Christian principles.