What is true freedom? Is it not the singular independence from all things and people, to be entirely dependent upon God, specifically Christ our life by the Spirit. The believer is called upon to be a person of faith, one where faith's object is Christ, and the outworking of that faith, the obedience to Christ's commands, and the relying upon Him wholly according to the promises.
The hopelessness of man is the gate of opportunity for the Lord to intervene, save the sinner, and lift up the downtrodden, and discouraged believer. How is it so? It is so by His mercy and grace, when He wills to move in behalf of the individual and answer the cry of his or her heart, responding in a very real way to meet the need, thus revealing His glory.
Christ's zeal in the accomplishing of the Father's will was by the Spirit of God. That same zeal that filled, and motivated Christ, even in the face of unbelief and rebellion by those He came to save, is the same that He gives to the individual believer. It is that intense purpose and energy to do the Father's will, and to finish His work, even when one is apparently alone in the fight.
God is the God of all creation, the limitless expanse of space and time, and all that is in them. However, that makes Him to be also the God of the infinite detail. As the Master Painter of the mosaic of creation, so He is the great Physician who heals the deep, invisible needs of the heart. He is the God of all circumstances, and as such, can accomplish in them, both great and small, all of His will, bringing the believer into conformity with His perfect purpose and will.
What is true food? Christ said that His food was to do the will of the One who had sent Him. Is not Christ for the Christian his food, his very life, that by which he lives? It is in the appropriation of Christ by faith that we "partake of the living bread," his blessed Life by the Spirit. To abide in Him is to abide in His life, and Christ to abide in us.
Is it possible to engage in spiritual conflict and know the "peace that passeth all understanding?" It is if one knows WHO is our peace, and one's dependence is absolutely in Him for all things, at all times. It is then that the peace of God is one's guide, and confirmation as to God's leading.
Faithfulness is that singular characteristic of God by which His declared commitment to act will certainly have its realization, in His time, and according to His wisdom and grace. It is the bedrock for faith, for upon Christ the Faithful One, a place of rest and trust is found which can and will withstand the assaults of time and circumstance. We are faithful in the measure that we "...live by the faith of the Son of God."
Christianity is Christ, in heaven and in the heart. When Christ came down from the Father, He came to reveal to us true humanity, and true godliness, that which is of God. The salvation He came to give was primarily the miracle of Him dwelling in the heart by faith. The new birth is that moment when the Spirit of God comes to dwell in the heart, to communicate the very life of Christ to and through the believer.
One of the ways that God reveals Himself to man, and specifically to the believer, is to create a new beginning. It is a point where there is a new perspective, new direction perhaps, and certainly a new depth provided in one's fellowship with God. Why does God call us to a "series of multiplied new beginnings?" It is because of the need for HIm to renew, revive, restore, and refresh the soul in a sinful world. It is in the revelation of Himself, and the realization that He has done it, that God encourages, lifts up, and inspires the weary, downtrodden, and perhaps discouraged individual, to look heavenward, and to see things from God's perspective. There is in that perspective, a power to rise up and go onward and upward.
The work of God is always an eternal one. So that, when the word of God speaks of God working in the believer both to will and to do of His good pleasure, certainly it is with eternity in mind. Christ did only, and always, that which was to endure into eternity. As the believer abides in Christ, and Christ in him, an eternal work will occur for the glory of God.
What does it mean to stand? It means taking a position of faith, based on the truth in Christ, for the glory of God. It is the refusal to accept another truth, or attitude than that which has been revealed by the Spirit according to the Scriptures. The true stand of faith is one that is based on the faithfulness of God, according to an accurage knowledge of HIs will.
It has been said that it is as impossible to create a world, as it is to pray without the Holy Spirit. In other words, one cannot truly pray without the Spirit of God. What does this mean? It is as one realizes one's absolute dependence upon God, that by the Spirit, the Lord will lead the believer in prayer, to pray according to the word of God, for the glory of God. The faith that He gives is faith that receives that which has been asked for.
The Lord Jesus is both our example of true godliness and the very power of an indestructible Life. With regard to his example, He lived a faith-filled life, one that was wholly lived by faith. We too are called to live in this perspective, though with limitations. That which was the result of a perfect faith filled life was the perfect manifestation of the power of God to live such a life. He received from the Father all power and authority by His perfect faith, and this as our example, and proof of the faithfulness of God.
The Lord Jesus Christ is not only our Life, Light, and Love, He is also our wisdom, righteousness, redemption, and sanctification. In the matter of Him as our sanctification, it is in the appropriation of Him by faith, deliberately and decisively, that we partake of His Life, and are conformed to His image. By the Spirit, Christ reveals His life in us, through us, that the world may know that He is God.
The proof of faith-filled prayer is perseverance, with thanksgiving. The man who knows God, knows also that God can be sought, and found, and will always honor His word. Faileth not. Persevering prayer is that faith-filled prayer that overcomes all obstacles and opposition to it, to believe God, according to His will, to accomplish His purposes in His ways. The believer perseveres because he knows that God will answer, provide.