LEAVING SIN BEHIND—The Spiritual Side
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (JOHN) When anyone turns to Christ, the veil is removed . . . . This is God’s Spirit at work and wherever the Spirit of God operates, he sets persons free. With the veil lifted from our eyes we see the ultimate purpose of God [sons and daughters] reflected in Christ, and as we keep this vision before us we are continually transformed by it. We move from one area of fulfillment to another as the Spirit acts upon us.
. . . All of us . . . can behold the Lord’s glory by the Spirit and God’s Word. Little by little we are transformed so that we reflect the Lord’s likeness [character and qualities]. This transformation is brought about by the Lord Who is the Spirit. – LOVETT
Freedom happens as I spend time in God’s presence. It’s not what you stop doing that empowers your life, it’s what you start doing that empowers your life. Engage in your relationship with God.
Matthew 6:33 (ESV) Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Seek to live a God first life. As you do:
Philippians 2:13 (KJV) It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
God will transform you from glory to glory as you spend time with Him.
John 15:5-8 (NIV) “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers . . . . If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
God is the source for everything you need. You are complete in Him.
Colossians 2:10 (NKJV) You are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
The problem with man: We try to find fulfillment outwardly. Satan’s greatest trick is to get you to look somewhere else for the things God has already freely given you!
Genesis 3:1-7 (NIV) Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it . . . . Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
She was trying to fill the God shaped hole with an apple. What are you trying to fill your God shaped hole with?