by Dr. Earl White
(Bossier City, LA, USA)
Psalms 73:23, “Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.” Asaph makes an important statement in this verse. Let’s notice first of all:
WE SEE A LIFETIME OF GRACE
We see the gift of grace: “. . . I am continually with thee.” It is not just when I go to the temple or the synagogue; it is fellowship continually.
How can a believer enjoy this kind of experience with God while living in a body that is the staging area for, “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life . . .” (1 John 2:16).
Paul said in Romans 7:18, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”
The answer is that Jesus, in the person of the Holy Spirit, is also in the believer. And when we commit our lives to Him, He is there to take over and empower the believer to continually walk in His steps.
Can you say, “I am continually with Him?” This should be the normal Christian life. We are tempted continually, but temptation is not a sin. It’s what we do with the temptation. We can yield to temptation and when we do we have sinned. Fellowship is broken at that point.
When at that point the Holy Spirit grieves over this broken fellowship, and we turn back to the Lord, and acknowledge our sin, “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Now we are back in continual fellowship.
It is a matter of dealing with our adversaries in the power of His Spirit and coming away victorious. May we all enjoy the continual fellowship with our Lord.
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