Last week we also looked at how a new identity was essential for change; we have been made new people, and our spirits have been reignited by the power of His Spirit.
But there is a final key to walking in freedom: God wants to fill us with Himself (ie the Holy Spirit), to empower us to live in a new way:
I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you;
I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
....continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,
for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.
[Philippians 2:12, 13]
The good news is that repentance and change is not really about our will power. It's about God's ability in us.
Having received His life in us, we need to co-operate with the Holy Spirit's work in us by...
1. Asking for & receiving forgiveness as we go. Sin grieves & quenches the Spirit, so we need to keep short accounts with the Lord,. And we also need to keep ‘topped up’ – asking the Spirit to come & fill us again – and again.
2. Believing in our new identity, and in God's power at work in us, declaring it over ourselves daily.
The 'story' we tell ourselves & other people is important. (Jesus renamed Simon, 'the reed', as Peter 'the rock', long before he was one in experience.) See last post for great resources on ‘declarations’.
3. Obeying His promptings.
4. Cultivate an attitude of thanksgiving. Jesus said that ‘rivers of living water’ would flow from the depths of our being [John 7:38]. Thanksgiving creates one of the channels for those rivers.
Let's take steps to walk in freedom today!
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