God’s Ability In You

By now you know that God demands that His people  live a holy life.  The Apostle Peter wrote:
“But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.'”  1 Peter 1:15-16 NKJV.
Let me first of all say that this Scripture means you are to keep yourself holy, because God is holy.  As you know, you are already holy, because you are in Christ.  The problem most believers have is keeping their conduct holy, including everything they say and do.
Now many look at their own weaknesses and wonder how they will ever live a holy life that is pleasing to God.  They struggle and struggle in their own strength and wonder why they are always failing. Have you ever felt you just didn’t have the ability to live the holy life that God wants you to live?
I have good news for you, God has given you HIS ability to live a holy life!  He doesn’t want you to depend on your ability at all.  He wants you to learn to lean on His ability.  He is here to give you all the assistance you need to live a holy life.  That is what the grace of God is all about – divine assistance!
So you may wonder:  Where does this ability come from?  The Lord Jesus gave us the answer when He said:
“But you shall receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon you . . . ”  Acts 1:8 NKJV (emphasis mine).
When you hear the word “power,” you may only think of the power to witness or the power to heal the sick.  However, the power of God is actually His ability in you,  and that includes the ability to live a holy life.  He doesn’t leave you alone to depend on your own ability, but He gives you His ability to do every thing He has commanded you to do.
The Apostle Peter wrote:
“As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, by the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.”  2 Peter 1:3 NKJV.
Yes, His divine power has given you all things that pertain to life and godliness, and that includes holiness.  The problem is that you have pictured the power of God doing everything but give you the power to live a holy life.  Now you know that His divine power can be applied to all things – including holiness!
Now the key to the power of God is the Holy Spirit.  That means that if you have the Holy Spirit you have power.  All you have to do is learn to cultivate the power of the Holy Spirit in your life.
Right now, I challenge you to say out loud,  “I have power to live a holy life, for I received power when the Holy Spirit came upon me.”  Now maintain that declaration of faith every day, and believe in your heart that you have the power to do exactly that.  The more you depend upon His power, the more you will see that you have the ability to live a holy life that is pleasing to God.
Here is another key to releasing the power of the Holy Spirit – live a Spirit-filled life!  The concept is simple to understand:  when the Holy Spirit flows in your life, His power flows out of you, as well.
It is vitally important to live a Spirit-filled life, if you want the power of God to flow through you.  The Apostle Paul wrote:
“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit  . . .”  Ephesus 5:18 NKJV.
When you are full of the Holy Spirit, then His power will work in you to do more than you could ever ask or think, and that includes living a holy life.  The Apostle Paul wrote:
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKS IN US, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.  Amen.”  Ephesus 3:20-21 NKJV (emphasis mine).
Yes, this means that the ability of God is in you to help you live a holy life beyond all you could ask or think, through depending on the power of the Holy Spirit in you.  Now isn’t that exciting?
You are holy, dear saint!
Next week we will look at:  You Cannot Serve Two Masters.
This is Day Twenty-two of a 31 day devotional on The Life of the Saint.
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