Monday, April 16, 2012

Trying isn't Worth it -- Receiving His Love Makes it All Worthwhile

If you are trying to make it worthwhile, it isn't worth trying to make.

We are called to repent from dead works:

"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God." (Hebrews 6: 1)

We are made perfect before God by faith, by what Christ has done for us, what He has become in us, and how He serves us as He sits and intercedes for us at the right hand of the Father.

We do not act on our own, in our strength. To do so produces terrible bondage:

"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

"Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

"Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5: 19-21)

Before, Paul wrote that we are called to "walk in the Spirit:

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

"For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

"But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law." (Galatians 5: 16-18)

What does it mean to be "led of the Spirit"?

Pastor Bob George explains that to "be led" or to "walk in" the Spirit, means to be conscious of His love for you:

"And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour." (Ephesians 5: 2)

and later

"ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:" (Ephesians 5: 8)

And Because God is love, this Love will never leave or or forsake us (Hebrews 13: 5):

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

"Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8: 38-39)

We receive His love, His love strengthens us, and we can do all things with His life, and that more abundantly.

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