God has infinite power. He is the Creator and sustainer. If anything happens in life it’s due to God’s guidance, allowance or provision. If God says something is going to happen, it’s going to happen.
Except now. Now we don’t believe that so much. God has been quiet for some time, we hardly take Him seriously anymore. The idea that believers are actually new creations, that their old man has been crucified, that they are now in new life where all things are new, that they now have power over sin and death, that’s just too silly.
When Moses was up getting the Law from God, the people of Israel went nuts. God wanted to kill them all and start a new nation with Moses. Here’s what Moses said:
“why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.”
If God kills Israel now the heathens will blaspheme. God was strong enough to get them out of Egypt but not strong enough to put up with them.
Today the heathen blaspheme our God because they see us. “Hmm, something must be off with God lately. His people all claim to be delivered but not much has happened since.”
We believe God is strong enough to save us; we doubt highly He’s strong enough to actually, truly, right now deliver us from sin and have the new life of Christ be seen in us. It’s as if Titus 2:11,12 were never written.
The immediate reaction is: “Oh, wow, Jeff says believers don’t sin.” Nope, not what I’m saying. What I’m saying is that a new life takes place where there is sanctification and growth.
Sanctification and growth sound good, but unfortunately, it means your flesh can’t keep having fun all the time. That’s no good. So we sit and BE instead.
Unfortunately, the Bible is quite clear that all believers will grow. If there’s no growth guess what? “Depart from me I never knew you” is more than likely what you’ll hear on the Great Day.