What is the first lesson that a new Christian needs to learn? It’s about where his power to change comes from.
12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death [destruction].
A Christian’s power comes from the person of Christ, His in-dwelling. The Holy Spirit is the one who lives in us and empowers us. Therefore, our greatest weapon is prayer: constant, intentional, conversational interaction with the King of the universe. We can’t surprise Him, nor can we disappoint Him since He knows all about us: past, present, and future.
This power is going to manifest itself in our ability to overcome sin in our lives. It first comes as desire; then we figure out how to beat sin. Don’t worry about failing; the Lord changed our relationship with sin so that now, instead of separating us from Him, He uses our failings as tools for our training in righteousness. Pretty cool, huh?
Here are some verses to chew on:
8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know…his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, Ephesians 1:18-20
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
I particularly like this last verse because it describes the perfection (completeness, wholeness) of Christ, yet He gives that perfection to us through His Spirit. “In this world we are like Jesus” (1 John 4:17). Through His power working in us, we can love like He did, and we can practice self-discipline just like He did, which was perfectly. The Great American Hero (an old tv series) was given the ability to fly, but he had to learn as he went; consequently, he wasn’t very good at it, but we must remember one thing: He Could Fly! We can, too, because we have His Spirit in us.
Let’s walk with the Spirit and keep in step with Him as He grows in us the fruit that perfects us: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Abba, may You grow all of these fruit in our lives. Help us to keep our eyes focused on You as we walk with you day by day. Keep transforming us into Your image, conforming us to the image of Your Son, Jesus. I’m lovin’ it! Amen.