A successful Christian realizes that he can do nothing on his own. He, and we, need the Spirit!
25 Do not let your heart turn to her [Desire’s] ways or stray into her paths.
The lure of desire is too much for us humans. Just ask Adam and Eve. Eve felt the desire to be wise like God and it cost her–it cost us! “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Genesis 3:6. If Adam and Eve, perfect as they were, could not resist the lure of temptation, what chance do we have? “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is [so easily led astray and] subject to death?” Romans 7:24.
Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:26
Therefore, there is now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2
The law said to not covet; we coveted (wanting what someone else has instead of them having it), and according to the law, we had to die. Christ died for us, so that we could live through His resurrection. Now, instead of living by the law of sin and death, we live according to the law of the Spirit, which is LIFE! Our sins are no longer held against us. But, neither are we doomed to sin and fleshly desires. We now have the Spirit in us to give us the want-to to want to do what is right and avoid what is wrong. Let me say it again, if we are in Christ, there is NO CONDEMNATION. None! Zilch. Zero. We could live in sin the rest of our lives and still not be under the condemnation of God. The good news is that if we have the Spirit of God in us, we won’t want to live in sin the rest of our lives. The starting point is realizing that we are free in Christ to love God with all our hearts. It’s all He wants from us.
So, if you feel resistant in giving your whole life to the LORD, it’s just your flesh trying to draw you back in. Consider giving Him the deeper part of your being. Recognizing the Spirit’s voice in our minds is one of the first and liberating feats of becoming a disciple. Also, if being obedient to Him in your daily life seems overwhelming, try giving Him your current inner thoughts and motives. “If you change the way you think, you’ll change the way you feel.” –Beth Moore. Reading His Word is the best way to know what God is thinking.
Psalm 73:21-26 is amazing to read every day. allow it to minister to you.
21 When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beast before you.
23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Begin with this prayer to the Lord Jesus, “Lord Jesus, I give all I know of myself to all I know of You. Please increase both today.” Tomorrow, pray this prayer again based upon what you have learned about yourself and about the Lord. Trust me, it works. I’ve prayed this prayer for years.
Abba, I want to pray it again: I give all I know of myself to all I know of You. Please increase both today. As I learn about myself, I see me as incapable of getting along without You. I know I can’t be righteous and holy without You. As I learn about You, I see a God who loves me with abandon–You abandoned Your throne to come to earth and rescue me! Wow! May I experience more and more of Your love. Amen.