of Christ and
There is always a constant tension between the now
and the yet to be in the Christians life.
When we submit to the lordship of Jesus Christ He changes our lives.
We grow in our inner person as the Holy Spirit reveals areas of our lives that are not
fully yielded to Christ. It takes a lifetime to affect big changes in our lives because
Gods goal is a person like Christ.
Matthew 5:48 reads, you are to be perfect, as your
heavenly Father is perfect. God will never lower His standard to human level. He
demands absolute perfection. We want to become more like Him because He loves us. What a
tragedy if we lose the desire to become perfect in Christ.
How wonderful to know even now His blood clovers all our sins.
Nothing is left uncovered for those who believe on Christ as their Savior. In Gods
holy eyes, the believer is already perfect in Christ because we are seated with Christ in
the heavenly places.
Christ-likeness in our daily life begins when we put our faith in
Christ. It is true, we will never reach sinless perfection in this life, but we strive for
it because we love Him and respond to His love. God conforms us to His likeness as we
yield ourselves to Him.
As we grow spiritually, we strive to make Christ lord of every area
of our lives. This is where spiritual growth takes place. We learn to trust every area of
our lives to Christ. Sadly, no one has given God all of themselves except Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit works within us revealing our true self and the
all-sufficiency of Jesus Christ. Do we really want Christ to control the deepest recesses
of our hearts?
There is absolutely nothing God cannot do in your life if He so
chooses. The One who brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and
seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and
authority and power and dominion can do anything He so chooses with anyone who will
yield himself to Him (Eph. 1:20-21). All He asks from us is to trust Him. All He wants of
us is to make ourselves available to Him moment by moment.
This is Gods inheritance in the saints. Paul prayed that we
would come to know how precious the saints are in Gods eyes as His inheritance. It
is a permanent work of the Holy Spirit in our inner spirit. God is glorified in His
saints. This is part of His wealth (Eph. 1:18-20). May God increase our capacity to
understand what He is doing in our lives.
The exceeding greatness of His power is at work in us right now, but
it is not automatic. It is a power beyond measure. It is more than enough, this surpassing
power of God. Do I hear a holy hush fall upon us?
Our problem is not that God cannot change us. Ours is a problem of
the will. Do I want all that God wants for me? Do I want to live in a manner that will
This mighty power of God that was operative in Christ when God raised
Him from the dead is now at work in the believer who makes Himself available to God.
Is there any thing that can be named that is above Christ?
Indeed not, Christ is the sovereign Lord (vv. 21-23).
What would happen in our lives if we prayed for His will to be done
on earth, in our lives, just exactly as it is, and is fully done in heaven? When you pray
like that get out of the way God has you prepared so He can do something in, and within
and through you.
However, please remember that it is not your doing it; it is His
power working in and through you that accomplishes His will. He wants to present us
perfect, mature, full-grown, complete to the Father (4:13).
The Holy Spirit is in the process of conforming the saint to the
image of Christ. It begins in this present life in the Spirits work of
sanctification, and it is not completed until we meet Christ in heaven. Christs
perfections are so wonderful that we will ever bear but a dim reflection of Him in all of
Christs lordship leaves nothing out of our lives. What is the
Holy Spirit putting His finger on in my life that needs to change? Is there some sinful
attitude, behavior, desire, or goal that needs to be taken to the cross and crucified? Do
I die daily to sinful desires? When you take off the old man and put on the new you are
yielding to the lordship of Jesus Christ.
We have life in the Spirit. This is where the awesome power of God is
at work. As we yield to the Holy Spirit working in our lives, we are able to overcome sin
God leads us into a
deeper understanding of the Christ-life as we walk with Him. As we grow in Christ, we gain
a clearer and deeper understanding of Gods purpose in our lives. God lives in us
through the Holy Spirit.
The lordship of Christ is vitally related to our sanctification
because we have been set apart for Gods use. We are set apart for His holy purposes.
We are reserved for that which will bring glory to Him alone.
In one aspect, our sanctification took place the moment we believed
on Christ, but it is also a daily process of being set apart more and more fully for His
glory. The Holy Spirit reveals areas in our lives that are not fully yielded to the
lordship of Christ. We are further set apart as we die to these areas and yield them to
When the Holy Spirit reveals to us the riches of Gods
inheritance in the saints the temptation to yield to the worlds values is
This is the only way we will ever become what God intended us to be
when He created us. There is no other way to fulfill His eternal purpose.
Gods eternal purpose is that His will be done on earth as it is
in heaven. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven
(Matt. 6:10). Therefore, Gods goal is that we become mature, attaining to the
whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:13). That is possible only as I
yield in obedience to Him. Therefore, the kingdom of God must come before everything else
in my life. It requires that I submit all I am, and all I have, or ever hope to be to
This kind of thinking is revolutionary. Christ becomes the focus of
our lives. We think differently, act differently and emote differently. Christ is our all
and in all. Our values are refocused.
Be holy, because I am holy. The only way I can be that
person is by yielding to Him. Oh, Jesus, please be the Lord of my life. Come, live Your
life in me today.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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