Our heavenly Father has called us to live a supernatural life—one that is contrary to the world's thinking. In our own strength, it is hard to say no to ungodliness because our flesh yearns to say yes. To live the Lord's way takes His divine power. In order to draw on His strength, we need to develop attitudes of humility, trust, and perseverance.
God opposes the proud, who think, I can do this myself (James 4:6). He pours out His strength to the ones who know that they cannot accomplish the goal but believe that He can do so through them. The Lord wants us to trust Him. He may at times ask us to remain in an uncomfortable situation or take on a task that seems far beyond our capability. In either circumstance, relying on Him will bring us the inner fortitude to choose His way.
When we feel too weak to resist temptation or too fearful to pursue the Lord's plan, we must persevere in prayer. That will draw us closer to Him, build our faith, and invite Him to work His will in and through us. Then, as we praise our Father for His almighty nature, proclaim His sufficiency for every circumstance, and declare His goodness, His Spirit will help us move past our weaknesses and fears to a place of strength.
Today the body of Christ is experiencing a lack of spiritual power. Believers have a diminishing influence on our culture as our lives often reflect the world's values. To turn this around, we need to cooperate with the sanctifying work of the Spirit. He will empower us when we do.
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