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Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Profess God’s Power

Profess God’s Power

2Chr. 20:5-9; Phil. 4:10-13

I’m looking for a car for my youngest. I found a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle in Yakima for only $500. She should be thrilled. The problem? NO ENGINE.

You’d be amazed at how many people think to live their spiritual lives in such a condition: they might have all the externals in place, but there’s no MOVEMENT because they don’t know how to turn it ON.

To Take Your Second Daily Step

* Plead God’s Power ~ 2Chr. 20:5-9

  • 5/6 GOD alone has the power
  • 7/9 God uses that power for our benefit (He hears and saves)

* Learn That Process ~ Phil. 4:10-13

  • 10/11 I have learned: this is a PROCESS; we learn IF we pay attention (“you learn something new every day” NOT AUTOMATIC)
  • 12 “secret”=INITIATED/shown the mystery; without this secret, it is very difficult to be content, because you focus on your circumstances which you can’t control
  • 13 IN HIM (en, not dia) there is POWER; when we are IN CHRIST (not the other way around), we are IN POWER, because Christ IS the power for Godliness

The difference is understanding that we don’t ADD Jesus to us (that way is failure, because we are still trying to control; Jesus is an additional tool in that scenario). We MERGE ourselves INTO Jesus; “I must decrease, He must increase” = I can’t; HE CAN

Profess Step Two: Lord Jesus, I am powerless. I have no ability in myself, apart from Your intervention in my life, to live my life in a way that is pleasing to You. I acknowledge that “I can’t.” But, I believe in You, Lord. I believe that You are the source of all power I invite You to live Your life in and through me today. Thank You that I can trust You to bring Your power into my life as I find myself IN You. Make me the kind of person You created me to be.

Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Admit Your Need

Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Admit Your Need

John 15:1-9

Every year, we remember what God does for us, from the beginning of the plan (Jesus’ arrival in Bethlehem) to the end (His return). Through it all, we see the example that Jesus gives as He lived. As we move through Advent, this year we’ll be looking at specific steps that will help us live the Christian life every day.

Have you found the Christian life to be frustrating? Try saying “I can’t…”

Parts of Your First Step

* Produce Produce! ~ John 15:1-2

  • We are EXPECTED to bear fruit! But HOW? Three possible ways to do this:
  • Plan A. keep the Law; (spoiler alert: doesn’t work)
  • Plan B. cling to grace/justification by faith (because plan A doesn’t work), or
  • Plan C. mix A and B (which is just A repackaged)

* Profess Powerlessness! ~ John 15:3-6

  • 3 Jesus’ word cleanses us (like a branch end must be clean to be grafted)
  • 4 focus is US being IN Jesus, not Jesus being IN us! Difference? We are to come into HIS presence; we enter into HIS Kingdom; HE CALLS THE SHOTS IN HIS OWN HOME
  • 5 this means we are powerless; (cf Matt. 5.6 abject poverty of spirit)
  • 6 look at the difference: a branch on its own has no life CANNOT bear fruit; a branch connected to the Vine has life (but not its own) – and THAT Life makes us able to produce!

* Persist and Preserve! ~ John 15:6-9

  • 7 “and my words remain” far too often, Christians focus on “ask whatever”, and forget the necessity of REMAINING in Christ and RETAINING His Word
  • 8 Farmers: how do you KNOW when a crop is ready for harvest? Don’t you INSPECT the fruit? We give ribbons at the county fair for brag-worthy crops; that’s our goal, too: to be blue-ribbon servants all for God’s glory (GOD is the Grower; we’re the Grafted)
  • 9 Don’t just visit: STAY because of LOVE

You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability… (Deuteronomy 8:17-18a)

Apply step 1: Dear Father, I come to You today to acknowledge that I am powerless. I am fundamentally powerless – period! I am also powerless over the effects of my separation from You. Apart from Your intervention in my life today, I do not have the ability to be Yours.

Pastor Ed Backell

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