Sufficiency

Upon converting to Jesus Christ (involving a sincere, wholehearted belief in Him), you can then change biblically (in ways the Bible prescribes and brings God glory) because of God’s divine power made available to you. This power is not of yourself.

This empowerment gives you a different purpose for living which provides a new source of focus for change.

This enabling then moves forward with a plan on how to change biblically. To put it simply, by obeying directives provided in God’s Word, the Bible.

So we see the source of every step is found in God. The conversion begins with Him and then empowerment is given from Him which breeds a new focus to effectually obey and we know how to obey from the “how-tos” provided in the bible which are God-breathed – again, from God.

Note: these how-tos go beyond mere action and focus most on how to think in ways that bring about right action that ultimately glorifies God.

 

Some verses for further study:

John 14:16-17; Romans 8:9; John 14:26; Romans 8:11; Romans 8:26-27; I John 2:18-27

Galatians 5:16-17, 22-23

I Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 4:12; II Peter 1:2-4; Romans 15:4; II Timothy 3:1-17

1 Corinthians 3:19; Isaiah 55:8-9; James 1:5; Philippians 4:11-13,19; Matthew 28:20

Luke 4:8; II Corinthians 5:9,20; Romans 8:29; Psalms 115:1; Romans 6:16-18

Philippians 1:6, 2:13; Luke 6:46-49, II John 1:6, Acts 5:28-29; Genesis 4:7; Ezekiel 18:20

Colossians 1:10; Matthew 7:1-5; Romans 12:2

 

Liar

1 John 1:8-10

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives.”


If I claim to be without sin, I thereby deceive myself and make God out to be liar.

The truth is that I do sin and because of this sin, I need salvation which can only be found in the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ. Upon coming to Christ, I then enter into a process that progressively makes me more like Him. I will continue to sin as my original nature was completely corrupted, but in Christ I am being made new and have been empowered to follow His will which ultimately gives Him glory. It is in this glory-giving state that I find my greatest joy and contentment.


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Ephesians 2:8-10

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (NASB)

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (NKJV)


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