Unlocking God’s Power thru Obedience.
Repeatedly, the Bible illustrates this important truth: The Holy Spirit releases his power, the moment you take a step of faith. When Joshua faced what was a seemingly impossible barrier, the floodwaters of the Jordan River receded—but only after the leaders stepped into the rushing current in obedience and faith.
Obedience Unlocks God’s Power.
God’s power follows your actions. However, you don’t have to wait until you feel powerful or confident. God invites you just move ahead in your weakness. This is how you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you and this how your character develops and ultimately you grow spiritually.
At least seven times the New Testament tells you to “make every effort” in your growth toward becoming like Jesus (Luke 13:24, Romans 14:19, Ephesians 4:3, 2 Timothy 2:15, Hebrews 4:11, Hebrews 12:14, 2 Peter 3:14). You can’t just sit around and wait for it to happen. You need to act.
Paul explains in Ephesians 4:22-24, your three responsibilities in becoming like Christ.
Second, change the way you think.
“Let the Spirit change your way of thinking” (CEV). You are “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). The Greek word for “transformed” is metamorphosis. It’s used today to describe the amazing change a caterpillar goes through in becoming a butterfly. It is a beautiful picture; as you are changed from the inside out and you are set free to soar to new heights.
Third, put on the character of Christ by developing new, godly habits. Your character is essentially the sum of your habits; it is how you habitually act. “Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24 NIV).
Spiritual growth will never happen on its own. Instead, you are called to be obedient so that you can unlock God’s power in your life!
Think it over:
· How do you think God will respond when you move forward in faith, despite feeling weak?
· What habits do you need to develop so that you can grow spiritually?
· In what ways can you renew your mind, or change your way of thinking?
-Pastor Edmonds Namburi