Obedience Unlocks God’s Power
“Let the Spirit change your way of thinking.” (Ephesians 4:23 CEV)
Throughout the Bible, we see a significant principle illustrated repeatedly.
The Holy Spirit releases power only after the moment that an act of faith is taken.
When Joshua was faced with an impassible barrier, the floodwaters of the Jordan River receded after the leaders stepped into the rushing water in obedience and faith. Obedience unlocks God’s power.
God waits for you to act first. Do not wait to feel powerful or certain.
Move despite your weakness. Do the right thing despite your fears and feelings. This is how you collaborate with the Holy Spirit, and it is how your character develops.
Our choice to live for God and our efforts as redeemed Christians to bear fruits of faith are authorized by the Holy Spirit. Our attempts and even our commitment to develop spiritually is the work of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us. It is never something that we do apart from Him and His support. There is nothing that we need to do to add up to what Jesus has already done for us. Because of Jesus, God is already pleased with us as He is ever going to be. While our efforts has nothing to do with our salvation, it has a lot to do with our spiritual development. At least eight times in the New Testament we are told to “make every effort” in our progress toward becoming like Jesus.
2 Timothy 2:15.
2 Peter 3:14.
We must let go of old ways of acting. Everything … connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! -Ephesians 4:22.
We must change the way we think.
Let the Spirit change your way of thinking- Ephesians 4:23.
We are transformed by the renewing of our minds – Romans 12:2.
We must develop the habits of Jesus. Character is essentially the product of habits. It is how we habitually act.
Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness -Ephesians 4:24.
God waits for us to move first.
What steps do you want to do to move you out despite your fears and feelings?