Plan to Be Spiritual
The Wonderful Blessing of God’s Direction and God’s Power
God makes it clear in His Word that there is one answer to our every need. He works by taking us out of the way and substituting His Son, Jesus Christ, in our place. The first of two substitutions is the atoning blood of Christ (I Peter 1:18-19; Hebrews 9:11-12). The eternal consequences of our sin-manufacturing nature fall upon the Son of God who took our place. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God is now pleased as He looks upon us from heaven. The eternal claim from hell upon the Christian is void!
We soon observe, however, as new Christians, that sinful behavior continues to be part and parcel of our nature. Again, Christ is the answer; He lives instead of us for our deliverance. “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things (power to become, to lead, encourage and exemplify righteousness) that are freely given to us of God” (I Corinthians 2:12). “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him” (I John 4:16).
When an individual is born of God, there is a spiritual union (Philippians 3:3; John 1:12). God is then able to make truth known to the person because he or she can now be sensitive to the Holy Spirit (Proverbs 20:27; Romans 8:11). You and I have the joyous privilege, by virtue of Christ’s indwelling power, to focus our mind away from the sin nature, away from the lust of flesh and be directed by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.
God’s desire is that our body and the personality associated with it be dominated and controlled by His Spirit. This is a part of the redemptive process, and it demonstrates God’s power to bring happiness and fulfillment even when surrounded by Satan and a corrupt world. We are not called upon to win the war. The war has been won, but we must stand in the shadow of victory’s Captain, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 6:10-20; John 10:27-30; I Corinthians 10:12,15:58). When God’s machinery is in place, when we are walking with Christ as our Captain, the world and Satan are powerless to destroy our success, our victory, our happiness, our testimony (Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 2:14). When we trust God and walk in His Spirit, it is our desire to be under God’s control because we have the truth. The truth is that Christ did not come to condemn, but to save and redeem. We are condemned already by our acquiescence to sin and to Satan who is the father of sin. The truth is that when we walk with self (old nature) in control, the price is terribly high and the consequences disastrous.