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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Living the Christian Life
There is only one person who can live the Christian life. Yes, it can be lived, but only by the Lord Jesus Christ.
To live the Christian life you must have the right one living it. The Christian life can be lived by Christ. It is His life, and it is exclusively His to be lived only by Him.
Have you found yourself ever trying to live the Christian life and feeling like a failure? The reason is it can only be lived in complete dependence upon Christ.
The Christian life is an exchanged life. It is lived in dependence upon Christ. You exchange your life for Christ’s life. That way He lives His life in and through you.
The apostle Paul explains, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Gal. 2:20).
Your life can pulsate with the living wonder of the Son of God living His life in you as you appropriate it by faith. When you do every demand upon you is a demand upon the Christ who indwells and infills you by His Spirit.
Is there any demand upon Christ that He cannot fulfill? Are you inadequate to meet some pressing need or demand? You may be, but Christ is not.
The demand is not on you, but upon Christ. Therefore, let your life be an endless exercise of faith in drawing from Christ all He desires of you. Do you need patience, wisdom, unconditional love, and strength? You can draw it endlessly from the One who lives and abides in you.
This is the secret to living a life that overcomes temptation. The apostle Paul tells us the more you draw from Him by faith, the less you live in the flesh. “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16). When you walk in the Spirit, the life of Christ will flow through you.
There is the constant need for the believer to abide in Christ. Has Christ become your place of refuge? Do you return to Him repeatedly? Have you made it a habit to dwell in His presence through faith in Him, the reading of His Word, through repentance and repeated filling of His Spirit, through love and obedience to His Word as a vital witness of His saving grace?
How have you come to know Christ in an intimate love experience? We must learn to live moment by moment in His holy presence.
You abide in Him as you walk by faith in Him by believing Him for all He wants to do in and through you to reach this world with His message of love. Is He waiting upon you to trust Him so He can share more of Himself with you?
You abide in Christ as He communicates to you through His Word and as you respond in prayer. Make it a habit of falling on your knees when He speaks to you through the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit takes the Word of God, interprets it, and applies it to you. Make this your daily habit. Only then does He reveal Jesus to you.
You abide in Christ by immediately confessing every sin that the Holy Spirit makes you aware of, and appropriating by faith the cleansing blood of Jesus. You maintain that intimate love relationship by confession, cleansing and yielding to His lordship in your life.
You abide in Christ by being an obedient witness to the One who lives in you. Pray daily that He will lead you to where He is at work in the lives of people around you. Do everything Christ asks you to do in His strength and wisdom. In doing so you exchange your life for His life so He can give expression of His matchless life through you.
Then when Satan knocks at your door let Jesus answer it. “Greater is He that in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Since Christ is in you, you are full of God. Let Him live His life in you. He gives expression of His life in us by releasing it through us. When He releases His life through you, you are changed in the process.
Abide in Him, and He will abide in you.
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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