As I reflect on this weeks sermon, slow to speak, quick to hear, slow to anger – and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls, I am reminded of one of the devotionals I read this past week by Blackaby and would like to share.
An Exchanged Life
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
The Christian life is an exchanged life; Jesus’ life for your life. When Christ takes control, your life takes on dimensions you would never have known apart from Him. When you are weak, then Christ demonstrates His strength in your life (2 Cor. 12:9-10). When you face situations that are beyond your comprehension, you have only to ask, and the infinite wisdom of God is available to you (James 1:5). When you are faced with humanly impossible situations, God does the impossible (Luke 18:27). When you encounter people who you find difficult to love, God expresses His unconditional love through you (I John 4:7). When you are at a loss as to what you should pray for someone, the Spirit will guide you in your prayer life (Romans 8:16). When Christ takes up residence in the life of the believer, “all the fullness of God” is available to that person. (Eph 3:19)
It is marvelously freeing to know that God controls your life and knows what it can become. Rather than constantly worrying about what you will face, your great challenge is to continually release every area of your life to God’s control. The temptation will be to try to do by yourself what only God can do. Our assignment is to “abide in the vine” and to allow God to do in and through us what only He can do (John 15:5). Only God can be God. Allow him to live out His divine life through you He is the only One who can.
This week I am challenge to:
Hear God – through His word
Listen – to God through prayer (try prayer the Word)
Go & Do – by abiding in the vine
Trust this is an encouragement to you as it was to me to walk with Jesus this week.