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The Power of Christ #powerofChrist

16 Aug

LightningIn my last post I talked about my struggle with legalism that I didn’t even know I had.  I was like so many others who “stand on the promises.”  They are trusting in the power of the law instead of the power of God working in them.

Then again, there are other Christians who have thrown out the whole idea altogether.  They’ve tried to live up to the requirements of the promises and failed.  They’ve come to the conclusion that they’ll never gain the blessings of the promises.  So what they’ve done is to start living for themselves and chase after the things of the world.  Unfortunately, if you throw out the promises altogether, and don’t remain in Christ, you’ll find yourself unplugged from the source of our power.

If my attitude is that I don’t want to read the Bible or go to church, then in essence I don’t love God.  This is because love is an action, and I’m not showing it toward the Lord.  You can say, “I love God” all you want, but that only means that you have good feelings toward Him.

That’s usually how the world defines the word “love.”  In that sense you can love God without any of those things.  However, I’m talking about true love – an action where all your heart, soul, mind, and strength are involved.

It’s clear from Scripture that there are two forms of power – the Spirit and the law.  Both of them are strong forces for change, but the power of the Spirit is the greatest.  We also know that trying to fulfill the requirements of the promises is a form of legalism.

Under the New Covenant, the promises serve two purposes, of which both are important.  The blessings of the promises show us what God enjoys doing for us.  The requirement side of the promise shows us what we can do to please God.

The real question we need to deal with is how did Jesus operate in the power?  We will start by seeing how Jesus taught about the power.

He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning.  The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
1 John 3:8

This is a simple yet profound truth.  One of the main purposes of Christ coming to the earth was to destroy the devil’s work.  The Lord wanted to end Satan’s reign of terror on this planet.  To do that Christ would have to wield a power much greater than that of the devil.

It’s this power that I want to talk about in these posts.  Christ is our example.  If I can grasp how He walked in the power of God, then I can get the same results by following His principles.

Question: What works of the devil need to be dealt with in our generation?

© Nick Zaccardi 2013

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Posted by on August 16, 2013 in Legalism, Power of God

 

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2 responses to “The Power of Christ #powerofChrist

  1. Allie

    August 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I think one of the devil’s work we need to deal with is the thinking that we deserve to be blessed by God because of His promises, or because we are keeping His commandments. It is true He wants that for us, but we need to seek after Him and Him alone. (I am thinking of the three youth that were thrown into the furnace. They didn’t care if God saved them or not. They just wanted to stand for the Lord. There is also the example of David asking God to kill his enemies – when the Lord requires that we love our enemies- because he thought he had done nothing wrong – sounding more like the Pharisees’ prayer). What is the motivation in our hearts to walk in the power of God? Just to have God perform miracles through us? Then what? The devil knows how to blind Jesus’ body into seeking good and holy things but without being one with Christ. The devil makes us enjoy the wrappings of the gift and not the gift itself which is Christ. I think our lives need to be constantly in the altar of God in prayer (praying unceasingly) and seeking/studying His Word that our hearts may be proper before the Lord; that our desires are nothing more than being one with Jesus. The devil will do anything to distract the church from living sole for Christ.

     
    • Nick Zaccardi

      August 20, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Thanks for your insight. I think one of my pastors growing up said it well. “Don’t get so caught up in the work of the Lord, that you forget about the Lord of the work.” You’re right. We sometimes tend to run after the blessings and neglect the One who makes it all possible.

       

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