Far too many in the church today do not understand the power they have been given to do battle against the enemy. Often they tell themselves what comedian Flip Wilson would say back in the 1970’s: “The devil made me do it!” In essence, these beaten believers are saying that they have an excuse for sinning; the power of the evil one is just too great for them.
But this is not for you! If you are in Christ, the Holy Spirit dwells within you. And the power of the Spirit of God in you is greater than any power that can come up against you. And herein lies the single most important key that will unlock the door leading to victory in the areas that you struggle most:
REMEMBER THAT IT’S HIS POWER
It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty.
You will not enjoy sustained success fighting the world, the flesh, and the devil in your strength; you must fight in His strength, that incomparable power which has already defeated every enemy that can come up against you. The work of redemption that God is doing in you is according to His good purpose . . . and nothing can stop the purposes of God.
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (Romans 8:28-29)
The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand . . . The Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back? (Isaiah 14:24, 27)
Regardless of the enemy that comes up against you—an enemy which will always be stronger than your measly personal power—the power to overcome will be found in the Spirit of Christ. It is a supernatural battle, to be sure, so the only power that can overcome must also be supernatural, and that is only found in the Holy Spirit who is at work within us.
Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? (Galatians 3:3)
What began with the Spirit must continue with the Spirit and be brought to conclusion by the Spirit. How foolish we are to think we can win any battle we face in our own strength! Yet this is the problem we all face from time to time. Our sinful human nature overestimates its own strength and underestimates the extent of its own sin. When we lapse into this kind of foolish thinking, we strive to achieve victory in our strength rather than His strength. “If it’s to be, it’s up to me,” we tell ourselves. And that never ends well.
We have a clear vision of victory when we continually look outside ourselves to our Savior and continually rely on His supernatural strength for every battle we face. Remember, whatever has a hold on you has no hold on your Savior. Trust in Him. Look to Him! Rest in the fact that God will bring you victory against every enemy you face, in His perfect timing and in His perfect way.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!