Lord Make Me Better!
by Pastor Jerry D. Herron
Man was created to fellowship and be connected to God. God revealed Himself to us in three parts (The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit). Man was created as spirit, soul, and body, in the image of God. Adam’s sin separated man from God. It is through Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross that we can be born again and brought into relationship with God through His Holy Spirit. This conversion takes place in the spirit of man but the natural man or fleshly man is not born again. “…Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Cor 15:50) This is important to know because our bodies are still fleshly and carnal. Our bodies want to do what brings pleasure to them even if it means disobeying the Word of God. Therefore, the flesh is not concerned with activities that will enhance man’s spiritual development. “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh.”(Gal 5:17) And these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would.”. We must daily yield ourselves to the authority of the Holy Spirit in order to live victorious and triumphant lives. Christian friend, remember that our bodies are just the house we live in while on earth. Many live as if their bodies and this temporal life are all there is. But, that is a lie! We are spiritual beings living out our natural experience. Our bodies will one day die but our spirits will live on forever. (2 Peter 1:13-14, 2 Cor. 5:1-4).
The man on the inside must recognize his authority to command the outer man to submit to the Will of God for his/her life. Many Christians fail to realize their fleshly body is not born again or converted and therefore they feel condemned when they face temptation and trials. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom 8:1) Hallelujah! God does not condemn believers when we face and battle temptation. Instead, the Holy Spirit will empower us to stand and resist our fleshly urgings to sin.
At Triumph Christian Center, we recently completed a 90 day “Lord, Make Me Better!” campaign where we asked the Lord to help us by identifying just one or two areas of our lives that needed improvement and asking him to assist us in taking authority over those issues. The biblically based self-improvement campaign is an effort to equip, empower, and encourage believers to seek to know God and to enhance the quality of our lives. It is designed to reach every believer at every stage in their relationship with God. We have the responsibility to take the first steps toward sanctification which is to be set apart for the work of The Lord. “Sanctify yourself and the very God of Peace will sanctify you holy.” (1 Th 5:23) In order to fulfill the purpose of God in our lives, all must be willing to become transparent before Him so that He may reveal to us the areas in our lives that are in need of correction, improvement, and change. These things will cause us to grow and remain strong spiritually and bring the outer man under subjection to the will of God. II Cor. 4:6-18.
If we can discipline ourselves in one area of life, we can discipline ourselves in other areas also. We must learn to discipline ourselves in our walk with God to cultivate a deeper relationship with him that will foster spiritual strength and maturity. We can enhance our lives as victorious believers by identifying and removing obstacles that block our paths from reaching our destiny. We do this by denying ourselves through fasting and praying.
Someone might ask, why just one focus area? From experience and history, it has been demonstrated that if you try to accomplish too many objectives at the same time, you make very little process on any of them resulting in stunted growth. It is time out for programs that yield no results! It is also time out for the people of God to stop living like losers! Our key scripture at TCC is II Cor. 2:14 which states “Thanks be unto God, which always causes us to Triumph.” As we like to say at TCC, we declare that WE WIN! in all situations.
Agree with me as I pray “Lord, Make Me Better!” Thanks be unto God as we feel improved and empowered to move to another level of excellence in Him!