Some Christians crash and burn shortly after conversion. They give up because of defeat. The reason for this is we tend to try and do things in our own power. This is a recipe for failure. The Bible says, “…Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts” (Ze. 4:6). We get saved, wear the super-Christian tee shirt and set off to save the world. All of this is valiant and honorable. However, we often forget to let God lead. We in our own effort equal a mess.
There were times in my ministry where I thought my plans were from God and I ran with them. Well, I ran so fast I forget God. I cannot say I failed, but if I followed the Lord it would’ve been much easier and more productive. If we allow Him, He will iron out our best intentions, and mistakes, for His glory. There is a simple key to success in the Christian life. We have to realize we are nothing apart from God. That is a bitter pill for Christian and non-Christian alike today. Our society, through the decades, has grown more independent and persnickety. Rom. 7:18 states, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:…” We do well to remember these are the words of the Apostle Paul. If he figures he is nothing; what makes me anything. My accomplishments are far less than this pillar of the faith!
Folk would do well to read the latter part of Romans 7 where Paul talks of a spiritual struggle. This war is between the old and new natures. Upon salvation, it would be nice if our old sinful nature disappeared, but it remains to manifest itself at the drop of a hat. “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do” (Ro. 7:19). We all possess a proclivity to sin. If we think not, let’s be cognizant of our actions the next time someone cuts us off in traffic or we hammer our thumb. We all remain on the verge of failure without God. Only by God’s grace do we not lapse into rampant sin. How many times do we end a day thinking about the things we shouldn’t have done or said; proving the sin nature abounds. Paul said, “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me” (Ro. 7:21).
This knowledge led one of the greatest men to have walked the face of the earth to proclaim, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Rom. 7:24). And then in turn offers the only solution. “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (vs.25). Only through Jesus’ power can we have victory over our ever-present sin nature and experience the blessings of spiritual rebirth. Instead of off to the races; let us remain in His graces!