As Christians, we sometimes face the temptation to worry that we are not able to live a life that honours God. The good news is that it is no longer us that is living, but Christ living in us!
This fact serves as a refreshing encouragement both for new and long-time Christians; when you believe in Christ, Christ works a miracle in you. You are permanently forgiven, purified and empowered by God himself. The message from Jesus to us is simple: “It’s not what you do. It’s what I do. I have moved in and …‘It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me’” (Galatians 2:20).
The question we often ask ourselves is, “If I have received salvation, why do I fall so often?” Perhaps we can look at it as how a baby/child develops. Never have we seen a newborn baby exit the womb and start walking, and when they do reach the stage of learning to walk, it is a process. They fall more times than they stand. Perhaps we can liken this to our spiritual walk?
Another common feeling is “sometimes I fall so often it causes me to question my own salvation.” Again, if a baby learning to walk stumbles so often, does that make them question the validity of their physical birth and being? The stumbles of a toddler do not invalidate the act of birth. And the stumbles of a Christian do not cancel his spiritual birth.
But most of us get stuck at that stage where we feel we have failed the ‘test’ therefore that cancels the validity of our Christianity. That is not true… as we allow Christ to live in us, he becomes a seed inside of us and as it grows, we change.
It’s not that sin has no more presence in your life, but rather that sin has no more power over your life. Temptation will come but temptation will not have a hold over you. That gives us hope! It is therefore not just up to us but within us, we have an ever-present helper that gives us power. We are to trust Him and yield to him in all our ways!
1 Corinthians 10:13 says “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
We must open our hearts and minds and allow God to change us from within.
Revelation 3:20 ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.’
A daily devotion for a better way of living.