August 6th


"He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it"  (I Thess. 5:24).

How do you do what you need to do in the Christian life?  John tells us that Christ is our life, "for he who hath the Son, hath life" (I John 5:12).  The key focus of this verse is the Son. For there cannot be a son without a father.  The Son speaks of a relationship with our Heavenly Father.  Our Heavenly Father fully intends to have a son-Father relationship with us, and that is fully accomplished through His Son in us to be life and the connection to fellowship with Him.  For Spiritual and eternal life is in the Son (I John 5:11).  Paul declares that, "it is no longer I who live, but Christ" (Gal. 2:20).  These are strong words led by the Holy Spirit to provide us the liberating secret of successfully living the Christian life.  No, It will not be us, who live the Christian life.  It will be Christ in me, living the Christian life as me.

This statement has proven to be true in life, "When I try, I fail. When I trust, He succeeds!" When we are always thinking and trying to do something to make things work, somehow things just seem to fall apart and fail.  However, when by faith I trust Christ, somehow Christ seems to be successful in me.  There is only one Christian life, and that is Christ! My Father did not plan for me to be rebirthed with His most precious and holy Son placed in me by grace, for me then to attempt to live the Christian life in some sort of separated state from Him.  When I was joined to the Lord, I became one Spirit with Him (I Cor. 6:17).  The Father intended that I live a shared life with Christ.  I am a member of the Body of Christ (I Cor. 12:27)  I am an old clay pot or a vessel to carry the life and light of the Lord Jesus Christ in me to others (II Cor. 4:7).  We don't go to the store to buy a fancy milk carton.  We just go buy a container of milk that holds the precious milk we drink.  Religion has spent too much time attempting to promote us to do things in the flesh, that our Father never intended us to do.  We are the vessel.  We need to learn from the Holy Spirit, how to more effectively let Christ be and do all things in and through us.

Christ in us will glorify the Father.  Christ in us will speak the words of the Father. 
Christ in us will be and do the life and will of the Father.  Christ in us, intimately knows the Father in every respect.  We need the Holy Spirit to teach us Christ.  We need Christ to teach us the Father.  The real faithful One is Christ.  Christ is the faithful and true (Rev. 19:11). We need to let Christ, who is the love and power of God, flow forth in us with a Holy Spirit renewed mind.  Christ is our life.  Christ is our expression.  Christ is the faithful One now living in these vessels.  A a vessel, we are just a carrier, an instrument, or a vehicle for Christ.  In our shared-life we will carry Christ.  Christ will be faithful to do it in us as us! V

Written by Dwight Davis


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