Are you wishing you had more power to change a bad habit?
More power to overcome a sin?
More power to achieve a goal?
Through God we can have all the power we need to change, overcome or achieve—and now, not tomorrow.
♥ Hopefully God the Father is calling you (John 6:44). God’s calling is individual and flawlessly vetted. He calls each person at the best time for them to overcome and make it into His God Family. This is your best time! We must choose and be faithful (Rev. 17:14). If God is calling us now, what a tragedy if we are limiting Him.
♥ Israel limited the Holy One of Israel (Psa. 78:41). One translation says “pained.” It grieved God that Israel didn’t have the heart in them to change, overcome and achieve (Deut. 5:29). What a difference when a child wants to please a parent. Make them proud. Make them delighted. How much more likely is that child to change, overcome and achieve!
Verse 42 says the way that Israel limited God was by not remembering His power. Ironically, it’s God’s power—the Holy Spirit—which brings all things to remembrance (John 14:26)!
♥ At Passover Sunday night we were forgiven of all sin as we renewed our commitment by taking the cup and bread symbolizing the shed blood and broken body of Jesus Christ our Savior. We have that forgiveness not just once a year but at any time we ask in true repentance for the Father to apply Christ’s sacrifice to our sins. It’s okay if you want to stop reading for a few minutes …
♥ The Father looks at us but instead of our bad habits or sins, He sees the image of His Son living in us. “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven … whose sin is covered … to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity” (Psa. 32:1-2).
The power of forgiveness cannot be minimized. But it doesn’t change our character. God wants children who actually become god-like with no bad habits or sin. So after Passover comes the Seven Days of Unleavened Bread picturing God actually leading us out of sin (this year April 11 through 17).
♥ The One who calls us “friend” (John 15:14-15) is the Son of God! Talk about friends in high places! In these verses He says to be His friend we must do as He commands. Obedience is power. Obedience is visionary. God gives His Holy Spirit to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32).
♥ The Holy Spirit is God’s power (Acts 1:8). As a whole Israel did not have God’s Holy Spirit. If you do, and God the Father and Jesus Christ are dwelling with you or living in you (John 14:17) through the Holy Spirit, you have all the power you need to change, overcome and achieve. There is no greater power in existence for you to wait for!
♥ You can take advantage of the Christian toolbox (prayer, study, meditation and fasting) so you stay close to God and choose not to sin. If you run into something that it seems like you can’t cast out, this is time for fasting and prayer to seek extra godly help (Mark 9:29).
♥ We can ask for the Holy Spirit fruit of self-control. What will be the sure response? “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13). Do you think His self-control is not enough for your habit or sin? That somehow you are the exception, you’re so bad? Too much for God?
♥ Are we struggling to choose the right action because we really want to do the wrong action! We can ask for the mind of Christ to bring every thought into subjection to obedience to Him (2 Cor. 10:5). We can ask God to change our thinking to not desire sin. We want His laws written in our hearts and minds! Are we thinking that God isn’t powerful enough to change our desires when we are desiring Him to?
On the Last Day of Unleavened Bread, this year April 17, we remember how God displayed His miraculous power:
1. It was on a last Day of UB that God parted the Red Sea to free Israel from Egypt which pictured sin.
2. Forty years later on the last DOUB, God brought the walls of Jericho a-tumbling down to usher Israel into the Promised Land.
3. And sometime during UB, indicated by Lot offering the angels a feast of unleavened bread (Lev. 19:3), God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.
So the Days of Unleavened Bread picture
The complete and total victory over sin
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph. 3:20). Are we limiting God by requests and thoughts of doubt? By not even thinking or asking?
Since the Holy Spirit is the greatest power in existence, what more power are we waiting on? Why put off for even a day? Why coast until just before you think Christ will return, O foolish virgin!
we have all the power we need to change, overcome and achieve. With God the Father and Jesus Christ our Unleavened Bread living in us through the supreme power of the Holy Spirit, we can have victory NOW.