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The Pathway to Recovery (7 of 8)
How To Keep Going Forward
We are in a series of messages on "The Pathway to Recovery." And you say, why recovery? Well, because the Christian life is a decision followed by a process. And whether you realize it or not, recovery is what the Christian life is all about. None of us have arrived; we are all in the process of growing into the likeness of the stature of the fullness of Christ. And many times in our life, things have happened, hurts have come; disappointments have come, that has brought brokenness in our life. Jesus is the great healer and through the indwelling of His Spirit, He wants to provide for us the comfort and the healing that we need to recover to become all that He has saved us to be.
Now in Galatians 3 the apostle Paul addresses the subject of "How To Keep Going Forward." A lot of people come down the aisle and trust Christ and they start with the Lord, but then difficulties come, backsets come, and they can even find themselves going back into the old pattern of life. Have you found that to be true? Well, in Galatians 3:3, Paul says to these Galatians who started out with Christ, but now they are having difficulty.
Now the Good News version says this, "how can you be so foolish? You began by God's Spirit. Do you now want to finish by your own power?" In other words, the Christian life is continued and you keep moving forward exactly as you started. When you started with it, the Spirit of God was at work in your life, it was not you being good enough to earn your salvation, but it was the gift of God and the work of the Spirit of God bringing you to that point of saying yes, I need a new life. I need a change, I need God to do something I haven't been able to do and you gave it all to the Lord.
There is an Old Testament passage that also applies to this. Zechariah 4:6, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord, you will see because ...
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