When Christ is Magnified and Believers Consecrated-God's Word Prevails
A grace-energized church is where believers are empowered by God to magnify Christ, when God's Word is prevailing in and through their lives, and they are willing to consecrate their lives and rid themselves of anything that hinders or displeases God.
The power of the early church was simply genuine holiness. Energized by grace they magnified Christ, God's Word prevailed in them, and they lived consecrated lives. The Spirit of God moved unhindered, flowed unquenched and God got all the glory. No one competed for the credit, no one sought to be in control. God reigned, the Spirit moved, and Christ was magnified. They had caught the message of Ephesians 4:22-24. They put off, renewed, and put on the new—just as God told them to do. The choice is still ours.
We must daily strip off any return of the rotting garments of the old life.
We must personally reject any hint of sensuality, selfishness, pride, materialism, and bitterness in our lives.
We must eat God's Word and ask for renewed minds by His Spirit.
We must work out our own salvation by choosing to do the disciplines that will develop a Biblical mind.
We must put on and wear our new, shining garments of light each day, and live the new us we became in Christ.
God's Word explains to us what makes Christ's church powerful in any culture. It is when:
· God's Son is magnified, and
· God's People are consecrated, then
· God's Word prevailed.
The grace-energized saints of Ephesus overcame the same pressures facing us as believers today: a pleasure seeking culture, a mind-assaulting media, and a materialism-dominated way of life.
God's Word always has an answer for how to walk in the Spirit, abide in Christ, and see Christ's church prevail in an ever darkening world. The struggle is always against our flesh and the Devil; and resisting both is what we are charged with as an imperative from God's Word.
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