Do you believe that the devil can tempt you to sin? If so, do you believe that Jesus can keep you from sin? If not, then you actually believe that the devil is more powerful than God! But if you believe that all things are possible to the believer, then you must believe that God can help you live a holy living. “Jesus … said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
Christ came to restore His image in His children, and the Christian may therefore expect to have the divine character restored in his soul (2 Cor. 3:18; Heb. 3:14). “By these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4).
This possibility should always be before the believer’s eyes to stimulate him to live a holy life. But the process of growth and change is accomplished through God’s grace “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). 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 transformation.
God does the miracle of the new nature in the life of the Christian. Jude 1:24 says, “Unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” By the enabling grace of Christ, the Christian lives with a confident belief in God’s power to keep him from falling into sin and to enable him, eventually, to stand holy spotless and unashamed in the divine presence.
The Christian can reach this goal when he uses the powers of the spiritual gifts that Christ has made available to him through His promises. The transformation begins at the new birth and continues until Christ’s appearing (1 John 3:2). Although it is is a life long process, it is dependent on the believer’s daily connection to God through prayer and study of the Word “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).
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