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Sadly, as we look around we see that far too few believers make the first choice. For example, today, it is common for single Christian men and women to live together as if they were married when they are not, ignoring the commands of God for righteous and holy living. Furthermore, far too many Christians drink in excess; use intoxicants like marijuana and other illegal drugs, and engage in many other types of unholy behavior.
The fact that there is no measurable difference between the divorce rate among Christians and non-Christians  is a blemish on the Body of Christ. Carnal Christians, those who practice worldly behavior, is nothing new. The apostle Paul addressed similar issues with the first century saints of Corinth. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? And then, there are others who fall back into the false security of rules and regulations, just like the Galatians did in the first-century church.
Galatians It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Whether publically known or not, these Christians live their faith at a remarkably high level, because they are living the Exchanged Life. You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
Christ died but now lives. Not only is he seated at the right hand of the Father but, because of the nature of the gift of holy spirit he has given us, he can now live on earth through us. We can be his agents, doing his bidding and works just as if he were personally here. When we live in obedience to him as Lord, his desires become the desires of our hearts, and his ways our ways.
Instead of being our normal worldly selves: selfish, self-centered, and self-focused, we strive to live according to our new spiritual nature: selfless, Christ-centered, and other-focused. When we live the Exchanged Life, it becomes ours too.
An Attitude Like Christ
The power of the Exchanged Life is that no matter where we are, no matter what situation we are in, it can be just as if Jesus is there. Literally wherever we go, he goes too. We are truly his ambassadors, acting as divine agents of light in a dark and evil world. When we are with someone who is in pain or suffering, we can reach out to them with all the love and compassion of Christ himself because he is there with us via the gift of holy spirit. Sometimes we have no idea what a person needs or what we should say, but Jesus knows.
Just like when his words pierced the heart of the woman at the well, we too can do the same for people when we allow him to be expressed through us.
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He would have greatly preferred to deal with one Jesus than the millions of him that are anywhere a follower of Christ is. This is spiritually such a big deal that God even tells us that had he and his henchmen known this, they never would have killed Jesus. Satan is not threatened much by weak or compromising Christians. Every believer in Christ has great potential spiritual power, but potential matters little unless it is activated. A fully loaded gun has the potential for self-defense, but if the owner will not pull the trigger the potential really does not matter.
The more we resist his calls and cravings, the more we can weaken him and diminish his power.
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He is a strong force within us, but he can be resisted and beaten down greatly. Romans Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans and 12 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. Whenever God tells us to do something, He always gives us the ability to do it. Those who practice the Exchanged Life do not live perfect lives.
Not by our power, but his Until the Rapture, we must continue to train ourselves in godliness, to put off the sin nature, and to live in obedience to the new nature of the spirit of Christ in us. Paul describes for us how he struggled against great opposition. He pleaded with the Lord for help. My grace has already accomplished the Great Exchange, now, get out of the way Paul and let me live through you. Wow, that is Exchanged Living! Truth For Life.
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