In the world but not of it

December 4, 2010

Not possible without Power…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” Mark 10:27

This is the same story repeated again in Matthew 19 and it is based on the call to follow Christ and the difficulties that lie along the path of righteousness vs. the path of the world.

There is a common statement you hear from believers.

This statement attempts to sum up the realities of the Christian life and when it is said others will often shake their heads in agreement. The problem, however with the statement is that it is not true and in some ways the enemy has used it to convince followers of Christ that it is true and since it sounds reasonable and logical we tend to accept it.

“The Christian life is hard”… that is the statement I am referring to.

The Christian life is not hard, it is impossible. This is the point Jesus was making in this passage. It is not natural or possible for man to follow the commands of God. It goes beyond just being hard and difficult.

You see, by implying to ourselves and others that the Christian life is hard, we are actually saying that it can somehow be made easier or that there might be something that we can do to resolve the difficulty.

Just read Matthew chapters 5-7 and try and convince yourself that you don’t do those things mentioned or that you find them easy to control.

No, it is not possible for man to naturally follow God or to submit to His commands. We need the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It was not until the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples that the “impossibility” of the life they were about to live was apparent. Notice what Jesus says in Acts 1:7-8 (emphasis mine in bold and italics)

“The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Notice when they would have the power to be witnesses, when the Holy Spirit came upon them not before. This is what we need, to ask for the Holy Spirit to empower us to live this life daily for without this empowering and infilling we will have all the knowledge of what to do and little or no strength or even the courage to do it…

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