Jesus’ promise to us is the same. He has not left us orphans. The Holy Spirit has taken His place in our midst to do Christ’s work through us. “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26).

Distinctive living is “Spirit living.” Without divine help, holy living is just a dream. Evangelist D. L. Moody said, “You might as well try to hear without ears, or breathe without lungs, as try to live a Christian life without the Spirit of God in your heart.”

“Let God Remake You…”

Two verses that most encourage me on this subject are Romans 12:1–2. J. B. Phillips’s compelling translation reads:

With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to him and acceptable by him. Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-make you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed. Thus you will prove in practice that the will of God’s good, acceptable to him and perfect.

The culture wars will continue and deepen. But there is hope. We can live distinctively as individuals and as communities, believing in – and working toward – the victory of right over wrong.

Where do we start? By looking to the pages of the Bible as the measure of the truly good life, and by reaching for the power of God as our only means to attain it.

Excerpted from "How to Find God in the Bible" © 2004 by Woodrow Kroll.  Used by permission of Multnomah Publishers, Inc.  Excerpt may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of Multnomah Publishers, Inc.

Woodrow Kroll is president and Bible teacher for Back to the Bible, one of the world's best-known media ministries.  Heard daily on more than eight hundred radio stations in the USA and hundreds more internationally, Dr. Kroll is widely recognized as the "Bible teacher to the world."  He and his wife, Linda, have four grown children and live in Nebraska.