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|Power From God||APRIL 20|
WHO ARE THE SONS OF GOD?—2
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God. . . . We have the mind of Christ. 1 Cor. 2:12-16.
If we are led by the Spirit we will become spiritual. Our life-style is not that of the world. The spiritual man has his thoughts and purposes in harmony with God and eternal values. Life with meaning is life with Christ.
To be led by the Spirit means to know Christ, to enjoy His live, to hold fellowship with Him, to find Christ real. Eternal reality is ours. But the natural life apart from God is ever changing, temporary. The fashion of it passes away.
God made us to live in fellowship with Himself. The heart and the flesh cry out for the living God. We are forever incomplete and unfulfilled without Him. Life has meaning only as we are led by the Spirit. Before Columbus came to America this great country was little more than a dream, a fabled world of gold and treasure. The truth of this suddenly became a reality when Columbus returned to tell his story.
Jesus Christ is the great discoverer to us of the eternal world of God. He came down from heaven and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. Christ made known to us the things unseen and eternal.
How perilous is the hold and attraction of the temporary world around us. Secularism pleads that our lives be given entirely to earthly interests. "But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses" (1 Tim. 6:11, 12).
The Holy Spirit lifts our minds to eternal realities. He leads us deeper and deeper into a life with Christ, into a life of compassion for men everywhere. As sons and daughters of God we are to advance in righteousness and holiness. Our progress toward heaven may be slow sometimes, but it must be real and true. We must increasingly hate sin, become more diligent in the discharge of our Christian responsibilities to those around its. We will pray more meaningfully, love the Word of God more, walk firmly and boldly for the right, always keeping a sense of utter dependence on the Spirit's leading.
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