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Mighty in Spirit


READ | Ephesians 3:14-16

In order to become physically fit, we need to exercise our muscles vigorously and regularly. If our goal is to be stable in soul (mind, will, and emotions), then we must apply our minds to learning and train ourselves to be self-controlled. But to be mighty in spirit requires something more than self-effort.

You see, none of us were born with a spiritual connection to God. Because of Adam’s rebellion, we were all dead in our sins and separated from the Lord (Eph. 2:1). No amount of personal effort is able to bring an individual to life spiritually. Although we are unable to change this condition for ourselves, nothing is impossible for God (Matt. 19:25-26). By accepting Jesus’ sacrificial death as payment for our sins, we are forgiven, reconciled to Him, and made alive in our spirit (Eph. 2:5). This is the beginning step of the Christian life.

Following our new birth, the indwelling Holy Spirit teaches us how to view life as Jesus did, embrace His values and priorities, and follow His example. The more we yield to the Spirit’s control, the sooner we’ll be transformed into Christ’s image, equipped to carry out the Lord’s will, and strengthened in our inner spirit to serve Him.

God desires followers who will dedicate themselves to His plan and serve as ambassadors for Christ to a lost and hurting world. He doesn’t expect that we will train ourselves for this task—He has given His Holy Spirit to prepare us for the work ahead. Have you answered His call to service?

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