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).
SELAH! Pause - reflect- just think of that!
Lordship of Christ and Our Sanctification
There is always a constant
tension between the “now” and the “yet to be” in the
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 God’s 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 God’s 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
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 God’s inheritance in
the saints. Paul prayed that we would come to know
how precious the saints are in God’s 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 glorify Him?
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 anything 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
Spirit’s work of sanctification, and it is not
completed until we meet Christ in heaven. Christ’s
perfections are so wonderful that we will ever bear
but a dim reflection of Him in all of His glory.
Christ’s 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 (Gal. 5:16).
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 God’s 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 God’s 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 God’s inheritance in the saints the
temptation to yield to the world’s 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
God’s 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, God’s 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 Jesus Christ.
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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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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