Your All-Sufficiency in Christ
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. (Ephesians 1:17-19)
That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:16-21)
There’s no way to underestimate the struggle of Christian living. Or the power God’s put in you.
Trusting God to help you overcome your sins and shortcomings sounds so spiritual, doesn’t it? Turning everything over to God, letting God handle your problems, giving your burdens to the Lord… can’t argue with the wisdom there. But when it’s just you and your bad temper, or your runaway sex drive, or your weakness for cherry cheesecake, where do you find the strength to say no? You might nor guess it to look at you, but you have available to you, right now. The same kind of power that God “exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead” (Ephesians 1:20). And as you begin facing even your toughest challenges with the weapons of prayer, Bible truth, worship, thanksgiving, accountability, and other specific strategies that you’ll begin gaining through experience, you’ll see sin’s deception for what it is, you’ll turn your back on habits that have had your number for years, and your heart for instant gratification will be changed into a heart that knows where its power lies.
“Just as He delivered us from the overall reign of sin, so He has made ample provision for us to win the daily skirmishes against sin” – Jerry Bridges
Tomorrow’s Reading: Gut instincts and willpower were all bad to go on before you met Christ. So don’t expect trusting God to come naturally. Be prepared to hit a learning curve.