Reports on what God is doing through Bible believing evangelical Christians in Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, India and Ecuador. Jesus said, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you" (John 15:7).
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A New Life with a New Way
The apostle Paul revealed the very core of the Christian life when he wrote: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Paul testified that his life passion is to know Christ.
I count all thing loss that I might value the surpassing value of knowing by personal experience Christ Jesus my Lord. I count all my self-efforts a loss in order that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him. I want a righteousness that comes on the basis of faith in the atoning death of Jesus Christ. The passion of my life is “that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, in order that I may attain to the resurrection of the dead” (3:10-11).
Has Jesus Christ laid hold of you? Like a wrestler, the apostle Paul says, Christ got hold on me, and now I want to get a good grip on Him. Do you have that same passion of the apostle? I want Jesus Christ, and nothing else in life will satisfy once you get a taste of His life.
When you come to an intimate love relationship with Christ, you want to celebrate His glory at every opportunity. You long to see His face and hear His voice and feel His touch and walk hand in hand with Him.
He bides us, “Come and follow” and trust Him for every provision each step of the way.
What makes the new life in Christ so dynamic is that in everything that happens in our lives, God is conforming us to the likeness of His Son. “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection” is the Spirit of God working in the inner person. It is Christ through His Holy Spirit in the heart, rooted and grounded in love, filled with the fullness of God.
There is no other way to live the Christian life to the glory of God. He invites us to make ourselves available to Him. When we do, the Holy Spirit frees us to draw near to the Father and draw our strength from Him.
This is the way the believer glorifies God. As we listen to the Holy Spirit and obey Him, we will always glorify Christ. This is the divine agenda. The Holy Spirit never glorifies Himself. His one objective is to exalt Jesus Christ. When I am obedient to the Spirit, I always exalt Christ to the glory of God the Father.
God is sovereign, and He is always in charge of His own agenda.
When I pray that I may know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, I want to be strengthened with the power of the Holy Spirit in the most intimate inner person of my being. I want Him to settle down and make Himself at home in my core being.
Is there ever a time when He is not available to me? Never. With the new life, I have a new way, a new entry into the living presence of a holy and righteous God. I don’t come my way; I come His way by means of His righteousness that He provides to the believing sinner. He has give us a new identity “in Christ,” with a new power and a new purity.
Why remain on the old way running down the same old road of self-righteousness when Jesus Christ has provided a new way by means of His saving grace?
The new life begins at the cross and ends in the presence of God in heaven. Along the way is the joy of knowing the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge and human experiences. The new life with its new way is one “that you may be filed up to all the fullness of God.”
Since God is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works within us,” we can trust Him to the better way that is God’s very best.
The old way of rules and regulations binds and enslaves the new life in the Spirit. The grace of God freely given in Christ sets you free to live His way. “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1). The old way is walking around with that yoke. The new way of life in the Spirit is by faith working through love.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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