You find yourself wanting to obey God but then you find yourself not doing it. Has this ever happened to you? The Bible says his commandments are not grievous. However if your being asked to do things you can’t do or don’t do then there is a problem here. Other forces, urges and wants are greater than what you want you know is right.
To see how this works lets look at two verses. One is
“I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.
” The other is Jesus says “without me you can do nothing”.
There it is… Do you see it?
There is only one way to live. Paul writes in the bible
“I die daily”
“put on the lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh but in love serving one another. ” (love is the summation of God’s law)
“I have been crucified with Christ, 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.”
“In my flesh dwells no good thing. ”
“Put off the old man with its wants and dishonesty and put on the new man created in the image of him that created him”
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how …I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-31 (msg)
as well as take up your cross daily, abide in me, I am the vine your the branches, etc etc…
Obedience doesn’t come from your will power but from trusting Christ. Like a branch makes fruit from drawing from the vine. If you think your doing what God wants you to and your not doing it by trusting Christ then something may be wrong. You trust Christ then do good, not do good first. This goodness comes from somewhere and its not from you. Jesus said “only God is good. ”
Its not by might, not by power, but by my spirit says the Lord. This goes into the whole “he’s the vine your the branch thing”. Also you must give up your life to save it. Even these are under the “without me you can do nothing” principle. The whole Christian life is trusting Christ. It’s his power that make it possible.
The bible says we should “take each thought captive to the knowledge of Christ”. That’s closeness. It’s faith in Christ that makes your thinking strait.
In the bible it talks about the kingdom of heaven. Its the kingdom of the air in Greek. The thought life is where all this happens. When you put Christ before your thoughts then he leads. In the bible Jesus says “anyone who is right with me has to let me lead”.
In James it says that a large boat is turned by a little rudder. Its what you (or other spirits) are saying (words) and the words you are agreeing with (assigning them truth) that is steering your life. (words+faith=spirit) Like a steering wheel on a car. Your thoughts are coming to you from outside spirits that rule the atmosphere and from those inner ideas (words) you have already assigned truth to. Jesus wants to be placed before that thought process by faith.
What God has all ready said as truth should be truth in you and every other thought captive to that truth.
The principalities and powers are broadcasting lies and urges all the time. They were meant to rule like this as angels but now they are evil.
(we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, spirits of wickedness in high places)
We need Christs spirit to make things right. We need a new boss. This new boss only shows up by faith. The old ones push there way in and dictate. (you have urges you can’t control) Christ comes by submission to him in faith. When you trust Christ you activate a law that governs all things. The spirit of life in Christ Jesus makes us free from the viscous cycle of sin and death. Jesus says in me you will have peace in the world you will have trouble. The transition from this world where there is trouble to his world of peace comes by being transformed by the renewing of your mind. This leads us to doing God’s will instead of what ours. Since as the bible says “only God is good” his will is good. Your will? well not so much.
You have to trust him. (God’s word) Trusting Christ enacts this “new power” His power allows you to say NO to those other impulses and the ones that don’t want to obey what you know is right. Trusting Christ moment by moment severs the reins, (turns the steering wheel of your life.)
God says if we trust him we won’t be embarrassed by him. He says he causes us always to triumph in Christ Jesus.
The bible says “the spirits rule”. One by force and one by submission through faith. You are a spirit but you were meant to be acted on by higher spirits and influenced by them. The problem is some are evil and some are good. Jesus sets us right when we become his sheep and follow him. Goats who insist on their own way find themselves the slaves to all kinds of influences and impulses they can’t control. Jesus told me once “sin is too hard for you, you need to trust me to handle it.” Trusting Jesus sets us free to do what is right. It’s HIS power that allows us to live good lives not our own will power. You can’t obey without his help. He is the only one who has the right to say no to the powers that be, the only one who never sinned. Without him you can do nothing.
Jesus says they that those that do right come boldly to God to show that their deeds were wrought in God. the letter of the law brings death, the spirit of the law life. Christ is that spirit. And all the commandments can be summed up in love God with everything and love others as you love yourself. So that’s it. You can do everything with him, and without him you can do nothing. The bible says I can do everything God wants me to do by trusting Christ for the power.
(only God is good, God is love)