A CLOSER WALK
by Pastor Bill Meadows
“Behold, I stand at the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev.3:20)
As a Christian for 43 years I realize that I cannot live a Christian life by my own power or my own resources. Only Christ can give me the power to live a victorious life.
William Culbertson wrote this; “Here is the great principle of the life which sets forth the potential of all Christian living; namely, Christ lives in the believer. His resources are our own resources. His power is most surely at our disposal.”
As one reads the book of Revelation you will notice that Chapters 2 and 3 are addressed to the seven church ages. Notice that merely to be a church member offers no guarantee of a right relationship with Jesus. As soon you get to Revelation 3:20 you will notice that the reference is to the individual not to a group as a whole. “… if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” When a person invites Jesus to come into his heart and life to be his Savior and Lord by confessing his or her sins and their need of forgiveness, He will answer your prayers. At that moment the Holy Spirit will enter into your heart and your life. One of the main reasons is that the Spirit of the Lord can empower you; living a Christian life is very difficult, and it is humanly impossible; Only Jesus can live it. When Jesus comes within you, He will live through you. He wants to use you mind and at the same time express Himself through your emotions, and speak through your voice.
The older one gets you will find out that the Christian life is not the Christian trying to imitate Christ Jesus; but that Christ imparting His life through the Christian. The Christian life is not what you do for Christ, it is what Christ does for and through you. If your life is controlled by Christ your life will always produce the fruit of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal. 5:21-22).
Jesus does not want to be our helper; He wants to be our life. He does not want us to work for Him: He wants us to let Him do His work through us by using us as we use a pencil or better still to use us as one of His fingers on His hand. Since our life is now in Christ, our life will be a winning life. A winning life is a fruit bearing life. The fruit that we bear is the result in His Word.
If one is going to have this victory Christ must be truly at home in your heart. When you invited Jesus to come into your life as Savior and Lord, He heard and answered your prayer. When He came in, you were born spiritually, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of heaven” (John 3:3). “That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the spirit is spirit” (John3:6). Then after you are born again you become a child of God. “But as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). The Bible goes on and tells us that Christ must be allowed to direct and guide our life; “That Christ may dwell in your heart by faith, that ye, being rooted and grounded in love” (Eph. 3:17).
When you surrender absolutely and unconditionally to the Lord as Master, you are telling God that you are ready to have His whole will done in your entire life and you be able to say, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).
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