Gods group thoughts for 11/17/2012 “Submit to the Power”

“Our Daily Bread”   


The Daily Devotions of Greg Laurie                                  


2 Corinthians 4:7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.  (NKJV)

When the Apostle Paul wrote the opening scripture, the earthen vesselshe was speaking about were the believers that were “In Christ”…  I wrote about this phrase yesterday, as I explained what God wanted from sinners, to forgive them of their lifetime of sins…  The sinner becomes a new Christian (a new creature “in Christ”…2 Corinthians 5:17), when God fills them with the Holy Spirit at the moment they are saved from their sins…  This is God’s pure gift of grace through saving faith alone in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9)…

Earthen vessels in the Apostle Paul’s time were pots that were made of clay…dried in the sun, and then fired in an oven, until they were baked hard… I believe the Apostle Paul used these fragile clay pots to represent us, because we see the word clay used in the Old Testament in…Job 33:6…&…several times in Isaiah; especially…Isaiah 64:8…where Isaiah speaks of us being the clay, and the Lord being the potter who molds us…

We are fragile human beings (just like the sun dried earthen vessels), who will crumble under the trials and tribulations of life, in our own strength… But when we are filled with the Holy Spirit by God, our Spirit is our excellent treasure living with-in the Christian, to energize the obedient Christian with power beyond belief…

The Holy Spirit is our lifelong Helper and Teacher (John 14:26)… He convicts us of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8)…  He strengthens us with His might (Ephesians 3:16)…  The Holy Spirit pours God’s love into our hearts (Romans 5:5)…  His power gives us eternal hope (Romans 15:13)…  God saves us through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5)…  The Holy Spirit makes intercession for us according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27)…  The Holy Spirit guides us in the right way…if we humbly submit to His leading (Romans 8:14)…  And the Holy Spirit confirms to our spirit, that we are indeed a child of God (Romans 8:16)…

When the Christian sins, they are grieving the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30)… God looks at the sinning Christian as now being unrighteous in His sight… The Christian is no longer walking in sweet fellowship with the Lord; and will continue grieving the Holy Spirit until all sins are confessed and repented of…

Are you going through unusually tough times ??  God will not stop chastising and even scourging His sinning children (Hebrews 12:6-7); until they turn back to Him, and confess their sins… But God is merciful to renew our righteous walk with Him, and forgive us of our sins, after we seek His forgiveness in prayer…

1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (NKJV)    …When we are again walking with the Lord, we are filled with (being controlled by) the Holy Spirit…  The Apostle Paul tells the wayward Ephesians from the church at Ephesus this, in…

Ephesians 5:18-20And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,  (NKJV)

God wants to bless His children… God wants to fill our lives with joy and a supernatural piece that will surpass our mortal understanding (Philippians 4:6-7)… But Christians will not receive God’s richest blessings, unless they are living obedient lives for Him, walking in God’s will and God’s ways as a Spirit filled Christian…

This last piece of scripture written by the Apostle Paul sums, up the awesome power God wants to bless the Spirit filled Christian with…Ephesians 3:16-21that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

written by bruce r mills

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3 Responses to Gods group thoughts for 11/17/2012 “Submit to the Power”

  1. Sam you are absolutely correct that the positional righteousness given to the believer will never be anything less than perfect, because it is Christ’s righteousness… All of our righteousness is like a filthy rag (Isaiah 64:6)… But when the believer sins, they are no longer walking with the Lord… This is the unrighteousness I am speaking of… As I said, they will be grieving the Holy Spirit, until they confess and repent of these sins… 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NKJV)


  2. Sam Carver says:

    You wrote above: “When the Christian sins, they are grieving the Holy Spirit … God looks at the sinning Christian as now being unrighteous in His sight”.
    It is impossible for a person whom God has saved in Christ to become “unrighteous in His sight”…a saved person is always righteous in His sight because it is Christ’s righteousness that is imputed to the saved individual.
    Please read Hebrews 6:1-8 (below), because, if you preach as you have written above then you are proclaiming the same negative situation that Paul has addressed in the closing of this passage…that Christ is being crucified afresh.
    “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”


    • Sam Carver says:

      And keep in mind this passage of Paul words to Timothy speaking of those who are not truly saved:
      2Timothy 3:5-9
      “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.”


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