For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. (1 Corinthians 4:20)
Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice. (Ezekiel 33:32)
It’s one thing to say one is a Christian, say they believe in Christ, go to church every Sunday but it takes true power to live it out.
It takes power to live out what is taught in the Word and incorporate it into our daily lives, in every area of life. It takes power to let God’s Word shape your thinking, speaking, finances, marriage and family life. It takes power to let God’s Word shape how you work at your job. It takes power to let God’s Word change how you respond to pressures of life, difficult people, unfair situations and every interaction you have.
The World needs to see more of Christ’s power exerted through Christ’s people! Not just “one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.”
James tells us faith without actions that follow is a dead faith. Indeed we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ alone, yet that should bear evidence in how we live that we truly belong to Christ. Jesus says himself in John 3:3, “Unless a man be born again, he will not see the kingdom of God.”
True change that makes us able to not just know we should not do certain things but brings power to live a whole new way. A new nature, and the Spirit led life.
Until that change takes place, we may try as hard as we want to “be good” but always find that the way our skin and mind pulls us is to “be bad”
And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. (Romans 7:16-18)
When we are trying by human strength, the flesh, to live the Spiritual life, we cannot. That is why as Christians we must continually seek the Lord for His power to replace our lack of power.
We do this by seeking Him regularly, soaking up His strength and abandoning self effort and asking Him to take the wheel of our life.
For “Apart from me you can do nothing” Jesus said in John 15:5
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)