Receiving the Power, Wisdom, and Life from Christ

“Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature . . .” (2 Peter 1:3-4).

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS NOT HARD—it is impossible apart from the life and power of Christ living in us. We can’t live the Christian life in our strength and resources because we will never have enough. Yet when we are abiding in Christ and the life of the vine flows through us as branches, we have everything we need.

Howard Hendricks said, “The spiritual life is really the life of Christ reproduced in the believer by the power of the Holy Spirit in obedient response to the Word of God.” God knows we can’t live this life on our own, so after He has forgiven our sins, He gives us a new life! It is the life of Christ in us.

  • Christ in us provides unlimited spiritual resources (wisdom, power) versus relying on our limited, fleshly resources.
  • Through this indwelling Spirit of Christ in us, we can experience moment-by-moment victory (rest, peace) that comes from Him as we appropriate Him.
  • Christ as life provides and clarifies my true hope.

“Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him…Give up yourself. And you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it…Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else will be thrown in.” — C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


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The devotion above was taken from the 52-week Devotional entitled “Experiencing Christ as Life and Leader”.

Many give a mental assent to this teaching yet are often asking, “What do I do? What does Christ as life look like?“ Too often Christians err by moving too far to one side or the other—reducing the Christian life to a list of do’s and don’ts, or they actually do nothing.

These inspiring weekly devotions are just some of the actions that reflect the life of Christ in each of us, and they explore four areas as we follow the One Leader, Jesus Christ –

  • A Foundational Focus
  • A Personal Focus
  • A Relational Focus
  • A Missional Focus

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