In the last week of His life, Jesus talked to His disciples about what was to come: after His resurrection, they would receive a Counselor—the Holy Spirit—who'd be with them forever (John 14:16). He would indwell each believer, providing His power to make living a victorious Christian life possible.
The Lord is willing to empower us with His divine strength if we cultivate certain Christ-like qualities:
• Purity of heart. Prior to our salvation, sin separated us from the Father. When we received Jesus as Savior, God washed us clean (Titus 3:5), clothed us in Christ's righteousness, and purified us so we could become His people (Titus 2:14). Now, our part is to pursue holiness so we can become more like the Lord. Regular confession of our ungodly thoughts and actions brings forgiveness and purifies
us from unrighteousness (1 John 1:9 niv).
• Obedient spirit. Before we were adopted into God's family, our nature was in rebellion against His authority. But since trusting in Christ, we have both freedom from sin's power over us and the ability to choose obedience. While we will live imperfectly, the Lord looks to see if our minds and hearts are committed to following Him. Our sincere effort to obey Him brings a release of His power as we carry out His work.
When we make holiness a priority and demonstrate obedience to the Lord, we'll receive supernatural strength to choose righteousness. Each day, we will be filled with power as we confess any areas of sin (Ps. 51:1-2, 10), maintain our commitment to God, and follow the Spirit's lead.
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