I write these words first and foremost out of my deep love and devotion for the Lord secondly for lost who face judgement to be reconciled to the loving Savior or professing believers who maybe self deceived to search their hearts and examine themselves so that they too maybe saved and lastly but certainly not least; for believers (especially me) to see the awesome work of  The Holy Spirit in our hearts and lives!! There are many claims today to Christ  –  those that profess the name of Christ and God.  Those who in want or distress turn their prayers toward Him, yet refuse to live life whole heartily for Him.  There are many in the new church movement who profess that Jesus died for them,  yet there is no change in how they live, they cling to their old manner of life, the life that Christ died to save us from. They walk blindly with little or no heed to the Word of God;  they give little or no thought to prayer.  They cling to faulty methods of sanctification other than what is already prescribed in the inerrant word of the Lord. They miss the point of a life consumed by Christ and what He truly meant when He said “follow Me.”   There are many evil acts that are done in the name of our great Lord, not that the true believer will not fall into sin when tempted by the flesh or our enemy,  but not everyone who claims Christ truly knows Him and in the end as it is written He will say to them ” Not everyone who says to me Lord Lord, Will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter.” I found the following quote fitting to the work and mark of a true believer.  I stand in awe of our all powerful Lord that He would chose that which is so sinful to bring forth His will and purpose on earth.~Erin

“in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Cor 2:4)

The inward principle is a communication of God, a participation of the divine nature, Christ living in the heart, the Holy Spirit dwelling there in union with the faculties of the soul as an internal vital principle, exerting His own proper nature in the exercise of these faculties. This is sufficient to show us why true grace should have such activity, power and efficacy. No wonder that which is divine is powerful and effectual; for it has omnipotence on its side.
If God dwells in the heart, and is vitally united to it, He will show that He is God by the efficacy of His operation. Christ is not in the heart of a saint as in a sepulcher, or as a dead Savior who does nothing, but as in His temple and as one who is alive from the dead. For in the heart where Christ savingly is, there He lives, and exerts Himself after the power of that endless life that He received at His resurrection.
Thus every saint is a subject of the benefit of Christ’s sufferings and is made to know and experience the power of his resurrection. The Spirit of Christ, which is the immediate spring of grace in the heart, is all life, all power, all act. Hence saving affections, though oftentimes they do not make so great a noise and show as others, yet have in them a secret solidity, life, and strength, whereby they take hold of and carry away the heart, leading it into a kind of captivity, gaining a full and steadfast determination of the will of God and holiness.
—Jonathan Edwards from “Religious Affections”

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