Is monkery the only choice?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Has God given us the power to make something of ourselves, with the ability to withstand temptations and obey his law? The answer lies in what we have done to prepare ourselves to receive that power. Is our role a mystical or manifestly real?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Sometimes it’s difficult, especially for Christians, for you and I to comprehend the level of authority we have over our own minds and bodies. As every Christian ought, we pray daily that the Lord would grant us his grace and mercy, protecting us from Satan, keeping us from temptation, enabling us faithfully to follow him and obey his will for our bodies and our minds. This is dutiful and right. Nevertheless, where does our responsibility enter into this plea for protection and guidance? Are we like monks, hiding away from the temptations of life, trying to keep ourselves clean and free from the influences of sin and evil in this world? I don’t believe that’s what God had in mind when he tells us in Scriptures to “Work out your own salvation.” and also with the Apostle Paul, “I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection.” Much thought and work is involved in these directions, not asceticism. Nevertheless, the temptation to avoid responsibility for the matters in life that God has given us the free will to act upon and discover, is always pressing on a Christian. God is capable and we are not? Who wouldn’t be tempted to let it go at that? It’s at this point you and I have to decide this: Has God given us the power to make something of ourselves, with the ability to withstand temptations and obey his law? The answer lies in what we have done to prepare ourselves to receive that power. Is our role a mystical one or does it have everything to do with manifest reality?

God offers his power to each and every child of God. He tells us that if we have wisdom it will set us apart from all who do not. (Ecclesiastes 7:19) Jesus tells us that our own bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit of God, a place when the very Spirit of God, the Comforter, as he called him, will dwell with the wisdom of God. (John 14:16) No, the Bible does not teach that we ought to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. That would imply that our power to overcome the difficulties in this life arise from ourselves and depend on us. This is the antithesis of what Scriptures teaches. Scriptures is very revealing when it comes to how dependent a believers is on the Word. (1 Corinthians 13:7) Our belief in the Word gives us hope in the Word and therefore engenders faith. When we have put ourselves into the position to be blessed because we have faith, preparation for indwelling of the Spirit of God has been accomplished. Our bodies have become a temple, a place of worship in which the grace of God can richly dwell. This is manifestly real not just some mystical theme.

Genesis, 41:40 tells us how much authority Joseph was given in the Kingdom of Egypt. In his conversation with Pharaoh he hears this charge. “You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.” “Joseph gave good advice to Pharaoh . . . God has in his word told us of a day of trial before us, when we shall need all the grace we can have. Now, therefore, provide accordingly. Pharaoh gave Joseph an honorable testimony. He is a man in whom the Spirit of God is; and such men ought to be valued. Pharaoh puts upon Joseph marks of honor. . .This preferment of Joseph encourages all to trust in God.” Joseph had prepared himself for wisdom and it manifestly dwelled in him. Pharaoh recognized this and honored Joseph accordingly. Do we have the power to overcome this life? Don’t sit back and wait for miracles. Get prepared, and miracles will happen because you have made obedience to the Word a lifestyle choice. Overcome.

We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for your Word which gives us a pathway to follow, right to your very throne in heaven. Help us Father to become obedient servants in Christ that we might be the overcomers you designed us to be. Forgive us when we fail to prepare ourselves to receive your Holy Spirit by living lives of sin and disobedience, unwilling to receive your wisdom and grace. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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God bless you for Jesus sake.

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