Paul declared that Christ was the source of all his own power. All that needed to be done could be done by Christ-given strength. When the divine commands are faithfully followed, the Lord makes Himself responsible for the success of the work undertaken by the Christian. In Christ there is strength to do our Christian duty, power to resist temptation, help to endure affliction and patience to suffer and grace for daily growth. The Lord supplies courage for all the battles we may face. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).
Doing God’s will is the greatest miracle of the Christian life. There is no forcing yourself to be good! What you do as a Christian is the spontaneous out flowing of another Person’s life within you. Obedience becomes the natural response of God’s love in your life. To please someone you love is not a burden, but a delight. “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” (Psalms 40:8). The Christian joyfully obeys God with gladness of heart. And God will do the work of change.
All we need to do is to yield to His will. As the believer looks at Jesus his evil nature changes “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD” (2 Corinthians 3:18). The humblest Christian who constantly looks to Christ as his Redeemer will reflect in his own life something of the glory of Christ. If he faithfully continues to do so, he will go on “from glory to glory” in his personal Christian experience (2 Peter 1:5–7). This spiritual transformation that comes from Christ takes place only through the operation of the Holy Spirit, who, having access to the heart, renews and glorifies the nature and makes it over into the likeness of Christ’s life.
In His service,
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