Most of us realize the great struggle we face as believers in dealing with our own nature and our flesh—neither of which is subject to the will of God. (Romans 8:7) If I asked “How many of you would like to have more power in your life, you would probably answer, ‘Yes I would!’” We all want God’s power working in our lives. Not to have power over others, but to have power over ourselves. Our greatest enemy is not the devil, nor is it others. Our greatest enemy is ourselves. We struggle much more with ourselves than we do with the devil.
As Christians, we have to face the truth about ourselves and be exposed to our own honest evaluation as to things that have to be changed in the light of God’s will for our lives. Yet, we know that in God’s eyes He sees us through the grace of Calvary; He sees us in light of what we can become in Him. What we become is through the working of His own grace in each one of us.
God desires to form Himself in us. John 1:11, 12. “Those that receive Him are given the power to become the sons of God.” But Christianity is much more than about being saved. God also has empowered us to live a life victoriously to overcome bad habits, to witness to the unsaved, to live a faithful life, and to do the works that Jesus would do. He empowers us to live a glorious life!
2 Corinthians 3:18 “….we are changed into Christ’s image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Our darkened world will only recognize God’s true light as it is reflected by the Lord’s glory through those who have been transformed into the likeness of Christ. It is important how we live and act, as well as what we do. Why? Not only for our best interest, but for the sake of others who can’t see God through any other means except us.
This challenges me not to focus on myself and my own weakness, but on the power of Christ in me so that others might see His glory in me and come to know Jesus as Savior. I believe that our greatest witness to this world comes more through our lives and Christian love than by our best words. This thought makes me more dependent upon Christ which increases power over my weak flesh.
Paul writes that we are “jars of clay” in which the treasure of Christ and the Gospel is concealed within, that when opened up to others will reveal that the all surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 This indicates that you and I have power living within us and a light is shining in our hearts of the knowledge of the glory of God. God desires to show Himself alive through each one of us. Let us become more Spirit and Christ minded today that we may enjoy the peace and life under God’s control rather than a self-controlled life. Romans 8:5-8