I have been posting about how to walk in righteousness and the power of God. It should be obvious by now that we must rest, remain, abide in Christ. That’s the place we receive His power. Once we have the power we need, we’re able to live righteously.
When I’m saved, I’m made righteous by an impartation from God. He does this so that I can receive His power by the Holy Spirit who now resides in me.
By drawing upon that power I can now live righteously before Him. Without the power of the Spirit, I have no hope of ever pleasing the Lord with a walk of righteousness.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
I can’t make myself walk in righteousness. My flesh will never be able to fix itself. My only hope is in the power of the Spirit.
I want to sum up the truths that we’ve learned with an illustration the Lord gave me. Think about a living room with a TV and a lamp. There’s also an extension chord with a power strip on it plugged into an electrical outlet.
The extension cord will represent our relationship with Christ. If the plug is attached to the outlet, we’re remaining in Christ, if not then we’re on our own.
The TV is the miraculous – healings, provision, etc. The lamp is our righteousness – living rightly before God. Both of these items must be powered by our relationship with the Lord. They are both plugged into the power strip.
We’ve noticed that if the lamp works, then the TV works as well. A life that has the miraculous in operation also is becoming more and more like Jesus.
We’ve also noticed that if the TV isn’t working, then the lamp isn’t either. The TV and the lamp always work together, so we assume that it’s the lamp that’s running the TV.
This is why so many Christians assume that it’s the walk of righteousness that brings the power for the miraculous. The fact is, that both are powered by the same plug – our relationship with Christ.
So, do we try to increase our intimacy with Christ? No. Instead we try to artificially power the lamp through the battery power of the law. We preach that the people need to live right to see the miraculous. We tell them that it’s because we’re not living up to the rules that the church has no power.
By doing this, we actually get the lamp to appear to be lit. What we don’t realize is that it’s not the power of the Spirit that’s working, but our own self-righteousness powered by the law. Since the power chord of our relationship is not plugged into Christ, the manifestation of God’s power through healing and miracles does not exist. That’s when all of the excuses start as to why there are no healings, signs, or wonders in the church anymore.
In order for the power of God to flow into your life, you must be intimate in your relationship with Christ. The flow of power does not depend upon how good you act. It’s your intimacy with Christ that will bring about both the miraculous and the walk of righteousness that the Savior has called you to manifest.
Question: How intimate is your relationship to Christ?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013