Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery. Part 188. Being victorious as believers requires using divine power.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
1. The omnipotence of God the Father related to our invisible assets.
2. The omnipotence of God the Son holding the universe together.
3. The omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit providing the necessary power for the execution of the procedure plan of God.
“To become strong” = tantamount to the filling of the Holy Spirit, which is the status of being controlled by the Holy Spirit inside the PPOG or divine power taking precedence over human power.
COL 3:3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
We shall never be victorious in this life as believers if we think that life with God, being hidden with Christ in God, means freedom from suffering, sorrow, and trial – it means divine power taking precedence over human power.
Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are really made of and that divine power must take precedence over human power.
We must face up to the fact that the cross has only suffering and death as its ministry, but we have divine power or the application of the omnipotence of God in our life to meet the cross head-on.
2CO 4:11 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
When we realize that “always being delivered unto death,” means the daily crucifixion of self, then we will begin to glory in the resultant freedom.
“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”
This is why there are times when we are even chastened by God, not because of divine discipline, but as a part of learning how to experience divine power or the application of the omnipotence of God in our life.
Paideia = tutelage, education or training; instruction, nurture, cultivation of mind and morals, instruction which aims at increasing virtue, chastisement.
Scourges – mastigoo = severe bodily punishment, used for investigating and examining a person.
Problems indicate that progress is being made, wheels are turning; you are moving toward your goals.
Gumnazo = trained and exercised naked before God.
If we are going to receive the benefit of the cross, we must go through the suffering of the cross.
He comforts us in the very crucifixion He applies, and we learn to glory in the cross that crucifies and how to operate in divine power.
PHI 3:3 – keep on worshipping in the Spirit of God and glory or boast in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.
In the midst of finding out about our true selves, we are also made especially aware of who and what we are in Christ and the divine power made available.
While the Holy Spirit causes us suffering in the crucifixion of the self-life, He also comforts us in our growth in the new life.
Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward.
We are to arm ourselves with the same purpose (to go through suffering rather than living in the sin nature), because he whose human nature has suffered has obtained a ceasing from (the domination of) the sin nature.
Triumphs without difficulties are empty.
It is difficulties that make the triumph.
Our attitude becomes one of a firm stand against self and a solid stand for the cause of Christ.
The price of our spiritual birth was His death for us; the price of our spiritual growth is our death with Him.