Do you ever feel amazed at how little control we have over our own selves? Our own thoughts, emotions, words, and actions? This is something I’ve been thinking about this morning. Most of the things I struggle with begin in my own mind. My fears and anxiety, my selfishness, my beliefs about how things aught to go from day to day, and much more.
When my mind is controlled by negative things, my actions naturally result in sinfulness. Sure, there are times when I might stop myself before the things happening in my own mind cause me to act unrighteously, but that is usually not the case.
Today, I’m evaluating myself and my beliefs about the gospel. I believe we are promised a new nature by the power of Jesus in our lives. I believe that the blood of the Lamb is powerful. I believe that as a child of God, I do not have to bow down to the destructive forces in this world, including those that plague my own mind. Why then, am I still living as a slave?
Why am I still living as a slave to fear, feeling rushed and anxious all the time, feelings of hopelessness, and misguided beliefs about the way I should be treated by others? Why am I a slave to my own tongue, using profane words and hurtful speech? Why am I a slave to other matters of the flesh, as if I do not have the ability to control myself?
Am I not a born again Christian? Is not the power of the Holy Spirit within me? Isn’t He who is in me stronger than he who is in the world? I find myself thinking about when Jesus said, “oh ye of little faith.”
Oh me of little faith! Do I love my sin? Do I justify my sinfulness and call it good? Do I find pleasure in destruction? No. Do I believe that Jesus paid the price for all of my sin so that I can approach God for redemption? Yes. Do I believe that the blood of the Lamb is powerful, and the promise of resurrection means I am not a slave to the forces of death? Yes.
Well then, I need to live like it! I need to live with a bold realization that I am free! With the Spirit of the Lord in me, I can rebuke the forces of darkness, and these things must leave! If I am exercised in walking with the Spirit, then I will learn how to take captive damaging thoughts and emotions before they lead to sin. I have the power inside me to control my own mind, emotions, and the actions of my mouth and other members of my body. It can be so easy to forget that.
I do not know if we will ever be without some measure of temptation so long as we are living in the flesh. I do not know if we will be able to walk perfectly after the Spirit while in the flesh and lay aside all sinful actions. However, I do know we can grow towards these things. I know the power is there for us through faith in Jesus.
If we mess up, then we know we have an advocate with the Father. We have mercy and forgiveness. However, from each day, even each moment, there is newness of life available to us. We are never bound to sin. Having faith in this is so very important.
Little faith accomplishes much, but I do not want to have little faith. I want to be strong in the faith and believe the reality that was accomplished on the cross—the reality of freedom and victory! What we believe affects our reality. What do we have faith in?