Dave’s Devotions: Doing Life Out of Who We Are Chapter 8
It is an amazing thing to understand what the bible says about the power within us as a believer in Christ. Just as a reminder I developed earlier the make-up of man. God gave us a physical body, then he put His Spirit in us and gave us a soul. (Genesis 2:7}. This was Adam before the fall. Adam had the power of the Holy spirit in him that God gave him to do life out of. Then the fall and now Adam lived only with his body and his soul, NO POWERFUL SPIRIT!
Did you know our soul contains our mind, emotion and our will. I call this our thinker our feeler and our chooser. Before we were born again the only power, we had to do life out of was just the limited resources we were born with in Adam. Then God out of His great love for us called us to Himself and sealed in us His powerful, blessed Holy Spirit. (2 Cor. 1:22, Eph 4:30). He restored us to what Adam originally was.
I love how the prophet Ezekiel says it in Ezekiel 36:25-27:
25. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new Spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances
Ezekiel hundreds of years before Christ was born prophesied that God would restore man and eventually put His powerful Spirit back into man so he could then function as one on God’s special creatures. “Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has passed away and the new has come. (II cor.5:17} Notice in this verse it uses the words IN CHRIST. Yes when we said yes to Christ we went from being in Adam to being IN CHRIST.
At times I say it like this. I was born in Adam. So, what happened to Adam happened to me and what was true about Adam was true about me. Likewise, when I was born IN CHRIST, what happened to Christ happened to me and what is true about Christ is true about me.
God knows that we cannot live the Christian life. We were never designed to live the Christian life. Therefore, He put His Holy Spirit in us. God knew that only Christ could live the Christian life and He now lives IN US. Christ will live His life through us. If we let Him, He will affect our thinker our feeler and our chooser. His power will flow though us and there is nothing He can’t do though us. He can even take a person who knows nothing about camp and building a camp and do unbelievable miracles. Amen
Next time I want to continue with the most powerful 7 words in the New Testament
I IN HIM AND HE IN ME (John 17:21, 23)