Sunday, April 15

Sometimes It's Good to Admit We Were Wrong!

OK, that's too broad a statement, I admit it!! Narrowed down, we in Christendom have tended to place a separation between God himself and our eternal life, between the Holy Spirit and our power. What do we tend to believe? We tend to limit our belief in salvation to a gift FROM God instead of the gift of GOD HIMSELF. Of course, salvation is also FROM God, but that could never trump the GIFT HIMSELF! 

Likewise, we read of the power we've received from the Spirit's filling and relegate it only to a super power inside each of us. But the power is not separated from the Holy Spirit, rather that power IS the Holy Spirit! There's a big difference isn't there? Too often, well meaning Christians live out their lives with this subtle, yet most significant misconception. It is a very serious oversight, and one of which we must ask help from the Spirit. Oswald Chambers wrote:  
Eternal life was the life which Jesus Christ exhibited on the human plane, and it is the same life, not a copy of it, which is manifested in our mortal flesh when we are born of God. Eternal life is not a gift from God, eternal life is the gift of God. . . .

“Ye shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost”—not power as a gift from the Holy Ghost; the power is the Holy Ghost, not something which He imparts. . . .

Jesus came to give us endless supplies of life: “that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Eternal Life has nothing to do with Time, it is the life which Jesus lived when He was down here. The only source of Life is the Lord Jesus Christ.

The weakest saint can experience the power of the Deity of the Son of God if once he is willing to ‘let go.’ Any strand of our own energy in ourselves will blur the life of Jesus. We have to keep letting go, and slowly and surely the great full life of God will invade us in every part, and men will take knowledge of us that we have been with Jesus.

Chambers, O. My utmost for his highest: Selections for the year.
Let us resolve to shed this, perhaps inherited, yet most false view. To miss this causes us to miss out to a serious degree on God's very presence! 

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