After much prayer, seeking, and waiting for the Lord, Pastor Marvin Sanders announced our 2013 theme: “Power for Living” based on Acts 1:8.
There are some who believe the Christian life does not require dedication, discipline, or sacrifice. There are some who believe the Great Sacrifice of Christ gives them permission to “sin now and ask forgiveness later.” Additionally, they convince others to believe the same things. There is no biblical support for such beliefs.
In God‘s Word, we’re called to live a life of sanctification, honor, and holiness. We are called to live a new life, a transformed life, a Christ-centered and Spirit-led life. However, it is impossible for us to live such a life on a continuous basis. Because of the sin nature that dwells within us all, we will fall short from time to time. Yet, God has not set us up to fail. God wants us to live powerfully, effectively, and victoriously. Therefore, He has provided His Spirit and His Word to equip us with all things that pertain to life and godly living.
It’s a tragedy that so many Christians lives powerless and unproductive lives. We are children of the King, ambassadors for His Kingdom, and representatives of His power. Surely, we should reflect the power that exists within Him. So throughout 2013, we will bring you several posts based on teaching we are receiving from our pastor. We are determined to live a life of power and to help you do the same.
Are you a believer that has been overcome by a fault? Have you found yourself tripped up by a besetting sin? Has guilt and shame consumed you? Do you desire freedom? If this describes you, no doubt, you have experienced a lack of peace and joy in your Christian walk, due to the amount of conviction you feel. The Bible teaches that we serve a God who is holy and He requires holiness of his followers. (See 1 Peter 1:13-16)
So what do you do? How can you be restored? How can you find victory and become a overcomer?
Rest assured, there is hope in Christ. In Christ, and through His blood, we can experience cleansing from sin. Over the next couple of days, we will look at a few scriptures instruct Christians how to find freedom in Christ.
We will look at the following scriptures over the next couple of days:
In the name of Jesus, we pray that some or many may find freedom through this study. Amen.
- Regeneration and Conversion (dawnmarie4.wordpress.com)
- The Avenue to Freedom (carolynrice.wordpress.com)
“..Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love…”
For it is written, You shall be holy, for I am holy.
(1 Peter 1:16)
We have been chosen by God to live a life of holiness. As a holy people, it is our responsibility and duty to live a life that reflects the heart of God. This is not an easy task. For this reason, God has given us His Holy Spirit. One of the works of the Spirit includes leading us in all truth and understanding. He leads us in the truth of God’s Word and gives us the understanding that is necessary to carry out the task of living a Holy life (see John 16:13).
There should be a difference in the way we live, in the way we speak, in our mannerisms, in our morals. Living holy is not shown in the way we dress — it is not an outer display. The beauty of holiness is demonstrated in the heart of the people of God. A holy life begins in the heart. If we act holy but we have not embraced holiness in our heart of hearts, then we are guilty of hypocrisy, which is “a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess” (dictionary.com).
God has chosen us and called us to a life of Holiness. Although it may be difficult, it not impossible. “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
- Chosen For The Father’s Love (intimatelifelessons.wordpress.com)
- Hole in our Holiness (tgcatlanticcanada.com)
- You Are a Saint! by Mark D. Roberts (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)
- Holiness – Questions Answered (haroldcameron.wordpress.com)