Power Hidden By Sin
God has power to change your life. And He wants your changed life to be a blessing to others and an example for them. He wants others to see His power at work in your life and know that His power can work in their lives too.
Acts 1:8: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Matthew 5:13-16: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
John 7:38: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
God has the power to lead you and guide you.
Psalms 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Psalms 119:105: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
When a believer gets out of God*s will he does not bring glory to God. He gives others a reason to blaspheme God, to deny that His power can keep us from sin.
2 Samuel 12:14: Howbeit, because by this deed (David*s sin with Bathsheba and his murder of Uriah) thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
When believers live a sinful life, they have the same influence on others as unbelievers. Their influence turns men away from God rather than to Him, just like unbelievers.
2 Corinthians 6:14: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2 Timothy 3:1-7: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Albert Barnes NT Commentary on 2 Timothy 3:5:
But denying the power thereof. Opposing the real power of religion; not allowing it to exert any influence in their lives. It imposes no restraint on their passions and carnal propensities; but in all respects, except in the form of religion, they live as if they had none. This has been common in the world. The most regular and bigoted adherence to the forms of religion, furnishes no evidence in itself that there is any true piety at heart, or that true religion has any actual control over the soul. It is much easier for men to observe the forms of religion than it is to bring the heart under its controlling influence.
Family Bible Notes:
Having a form of godliness; having only its external form. These words mark the men whose character the apostle has drawn in such dark colors, as only outwardly members of the church of Christ. Denying the power; showing by their lives that they have not the spirit of true religion, and have not experienced its renewing and sanctifying power.
People*s New Testament Commentary:
Denying the power. Rejecting its power. Their lives are not moulded by it.
Phillip Doddridge NT:
And yet, in the midst of all these enormities, they will still profess themselves Christians, having a form of godliness, and observing with exactness the rituals and externals of religion, but at the same time denying and opposing the power of it in their lives, and demonstrating that it has no real influence upon them. From such therefore, even from all in whom thou discernest a temper like that which I have here described, turn away; avoid all intimacy with them, lest they should avail themselves of the friendship to which thou mightest admit them, as an advantage for doing further mischief; let it therefore evidently appear that thou givest them no countenance.
2 Corinthians 6:1518: And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.