Walk in Spiritual Renewal
1. Who does not have a past stained with sin? “You went along with the crowd and were just like all the others, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air, who is at work right now in the hearts of those who are against the Lord” (Ephesians 2:2, TLB). "…Don’t fool yourselves. Those who live immoral lives, who are idol worshipers, adulterers or homosexuals—will have NO share in His Kingdom. Neither will thieves or greedy people, drunkards, slanderers, or robbers" (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, TLB, NLT, CJB).
2. Thank God that life of sin is in the past! Hence, Paul writes: "There was a time when some of you were just like that—[full of sin]— but now your sins are washed away, and you are set apart for God (1 Corinthians 6:11, TLB | Psalm 4:3). And He has accepted you because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you" (1 Corinthians 6:11, TLB). Moreover, "...all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes” (Galatians 3:27, NLT).
3. "My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me": (Galatians 2:20, NLT). "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him" (2 Corinthians 5:17-18, NLT)!
4. Do you acknowledge God's calling on your life? "...There are many of us, and in union with the Messiah we comprise one body, with each of us belonging to the others" (Romans 12:5, CJB). nbsp;"Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you" (1 Corinthians 3:16, NLT)? "…You are living stones that God is building into His spiritual temple. …You are His holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God" (1 Peter 2:5, NLT). “For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with Him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. …God made you alive with Christ, for He forgave all our sins” (Colossians 2:12-13, NLT).
5. Are you walking in the freedom wherewith Christ has made you free (John 8:36, NKJV)? If you are, then "...you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit of God living in you. And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to Him at all" (Romans 8:9, NLT). But that should not be you because “God sent [Christ] to buy freedom for us… so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because we are His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts…” (Galatians 4:5-6, NLT). "So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves" (Galatians 5:16, NLT).
6. The call to walk in-Christ and in the freedom He provides requires discipline. I don't know if I will be able to walk in spiritual renewal! What if I stray from God's path? "And if you leave God’s paths and go astray, you will hear a voice behind you say, ‘No, this is the way, walk here’" (Isaiah 30:21, TLB). This happens because "…the Holy Spirit has been at work in your hearts, cleansing you with the blood of Jesus Christ and making you to please Him…" (1 Peter 1:2, TLB). "[Therefore], don’t cause the Holy Spirit sorrow by the way you live. Remember, He is the one who marks you to be present on that day when salvation from sin will be complete" (Ephesians 4:30, TLB). "And God, in His mighty power, will make sure that you get there—to heaven—safely to receive it—the crown of righteousness—because you are trusting Him…" (1 Peter 1:5, TLB). Therefore,"Watch with Me and pray lest the Tempter overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak" (Mark 14:38).
Bro. Graham F. Watts, Sr.