Jesus' Life-changing Power
By Mark A. Finley
Is it possible to change deeply ingrained habits? What about inherited tendencies toward evil passed down from generation to generation? Have you ever felt as if you were being pulled down by forces beyond your control? Have you ever felt powerless to change your behavior? There is hope. The One who died for us lives for us. Jesus is both our Savior and our Lord. In this lesson we will explore the mighty, life-changing power of our living Lord, and discover a power greater than heredity, environment, or cultivated tendencies toward sin.
1 Read 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ezekiel 36:26, 27, and Jeremiah 24:7. What marvelous promise is made to those who choose to follow God totally and surrender to His will?
2Read Jeremiah 13:23. Is it possible to accomplish this change in our own strength?
Just as it is impossible for anyone to change his or her skin color, much less for a leopard to change its spots, it is impossible for us to make changes in our lives alone, unaided by the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit’s power that transforms us. When Jesus ascended to heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit in all His fullness to empower us to live godly lives.
3Read 2 Corinthians 13:4, 5. How does this life-transforming change take place within us?
As we surrender our lives to Christ, He works His miracle of divine grace in our lives. His power is ours. The Holy Spirit transforms us. Just as when we do the confessing, God does the forgiving, when we do the surrendering, God does the changing.
4Read Hebrews 4:2 and Romans 5:1-5. What role does faith play in this divine transformation?
Faith trusts God both to save us and to change us. It is the channel through which the rivers of His divine grace flow into our lives. Faith accepts the salvation Jesus so freely offers and the life-changing power He promises.
5Read Romans 8:8-11. As Jesus enters our lives through the Holy Spirit, what does He give us?
In Romans 8 Paul discusses living “in the flesh” and living “in the Spirit.” If we are alive in the Spirit, Christ’s righteousness fills our lives and flows out of our lives. The Spirit that raised Christ from the dead transforms us.
6 Read Galatians 5:24, 25. What is the greatest evidence that Jesus dwells in our hearts?
The greatest evidence that the Holy Spirit dwells in us is not talking about the Holy Spirit but the change that comes in our lives with the genuine presence of the Spirit. When the Holy Spirit dwells in us, we are simply different people.
7Read John 5:30; 8:29. What was the one principle that guided Jesus’ decisions and actions?
Jesus was guided by the all-consuming principle of pleasing His heavenly Father; nothing was more important to Him than doing the Father’s will. As we are convicted by the Holy Spirit of the areas in our lives that are not in harmony with our heavenly Father’s will, and surrender those areas, we will be filled with the Holy Spirit, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and transformed through the Holy Spirit.