What a sad defeatist attitude there is in today’s professed Christians, that they would gaze into the mirror and proclaim ‘you are too far gone…too evil…too weak…too sin bound…to ever think or believe that you could obey God’s commandments. God does not have the power to change your life. His Holy Spirit, even though He promises He would abide and live within you, is not powerful enough to overcome your wicked sinful passions and lusts. He is not powerful enough to change your lifestyle, your habits, your evil tendencies…so don’t bother to surrender your life to Him…what can He do? Just believe His promise of the good life after you die and in the meantime try not to get into too much trouble”.
And the face that steers back at you from the mirror cowers in defeat and succumbs once again to Satan’s lies…
However, there is another way. Paul didn’t stop writing at Romans 7. In Romans 8 he daclared that:
1 ¶ There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
(now see why Christ condemned sin in the flesh….)
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death (why is it that to be carnally minded leads to death? Because the wages of sin is death); but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
(Note that the carnal mind is not subject to God’s laws…the carnal mind cannot obey God…it is in fact at war with God)
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
(But note the very next word)…..
9 But ….BUT….ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. (Note this carefully.The born again Spirit filled believer in Christ is set in direct contradistinction to the carnal flesh minded unsaved unregenerated non-believer. The latter cannot obey God…but the former..what can He do???)
By the creative power of God, the same power that created the universe and everything in it, and the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, you claim is not powerful enough to make such a change in your life that you cannot overcome sin???
Jesus was fully man, yet fully God. We cannot understand this, but this divine/human union we accept as Biblical fact do we not? Are we also , if truly born again, and filled with the Holy Spirit, a union of the divine and human? If Jesus can overcome temptation, then by the grace and power of a living loving Savior who intercedes on our behalf in heaven so can we…if we believe. Stop looking at yourselves in the mirror and getting depressed because of what you see there…Satan is lying to you when you draw the conclusion that he who stares back at you is a sinful hopeless habit bound person. That person is dead in Christ!!! Look to Christ. Look away from yourselves and look to your example, and to the source of your power. For Him who created galaxies, it is not difficult for Him to recreate you in His image. To invest in you His character. The difficulty my friends lies not in His ability to do what He has promised, but the difficulty lies in your unbelief.
If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.