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Oh, how we need the mind of Christ.   A real desire to obey God will make the difference.   We need to watch the tendency to please men and only obey God when others are watching.   There is a world of difference between that and obeying God because we love Him.   When we are obeying God because we love Him, it doesn't make any difference who's watching, what part of the country we're in, etc.   When we surrender and the power of God works in us, then obedience comes with delight and not a battle.
It 's very easy to read that it is God which worketh in us, but how does He work in us? First, He works in us through the Holy Spirit being in us.   1 Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us: "What?   Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [ Written to the Church at Corinth] which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."   Now our text said, "...it is God which worketh in you..."   The power which works within us is the power of the Holy Spirit of God.
 
Our very English word energy comes from the word translated "worketh" in the thirteenth verse. In other words, it is God's divine energy working in and through us. The same Holy Spirit that empowered Christ empowers us.   There's only one Holy Spirit.   We must recognize the fact that the flesh and the devil is ready to work.   We can allow them to work, but if we're going to live the life God wants us to, we must know it is God working in us. We also need to know how the Holy Spirit works in our lives.   People get all kinds of impressions.   They say the Holy Ghost told them to do this or that, from killing somebody, leaving their family, to "speaking"  in some tongue.   We must have something to measure God's working in us.   Many spirits have gone out, and a great majority of them claim to be the Holy Spirit.   Therefore, we are instructed in 1 John 4:1, to try the spirits, which are in people to see whether they are of God or
some other spirit. Someone may ask, "How are we going to tell whether preachers are really being led by the Spirit?"   1 John 2:20 tells us, "But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things."   We don't need to be in doubt if it is God's Word or not; we have an unction that will let us know whether it is truth or not.
 
 

 
 

 

 
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