“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.“
Romans 7:15-24 helps us understand that many times, we earnestly desire to walk with God and do His will, aiming to make Him proud of us as His children. However, instead of pleasing Him, we often disappoint by yielding to sinful ways — lives that gamble with His teachings, fluctuating between commitment and inconsistency, hot and cold spirituality. These vacillations happen when we attempt to fulfill God’s will with our own strength, rather than surrendering everything to Him and making Him our source of strength.
“The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is indeed very weak” — Matthew 26:41. If we admit it, we recognise this statement as an inherent truth for all humanity. Even Apostle Paul, a significant figure in the body of Christ, confessed this in Romans 7:18, saying, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”
Our lives are constantly challenged by the weakness of the flesh clashing with our Spirit’s intentions. Despite our desire to do right, we often find ourselves incapable. So, how do we, as Christians, overcome this deficiency? How do we escape the pit of unfulfilled wishes and weaknesses that persist because we lack strength?
We must tap into the Spirit of God within us! While God acknowledges our weakness, He doesn’t permit us to settle for less. Instead, He urges us to rely not on the flesh but on His Spirit. When we lean on the Spirit, we receive grace to achieve more than we could ever imagine. This is possible through Christ; we can do all things through Him who strengthens us.
As Christians, we shouldn’t solely depend on our own might or strength because true value is not achieved through human effort. Instead, learn to lean entirely on God’s strength through His Spirit.
When we do this, our testimony becomes like Paul’s in Romans 8:2, where he says, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Living a godly life cannot be attained by our strength alone, but as long as we depend on the Spirit of God, it becomes possible.
Thank you, Lord, for the reminder that I live not by my own power but by Your strength. Lord, I acknowledge the fact that I am weak. However, I refuse to settle because of the weaknesses inherent in me. I will trust in Your strength, instead, and ability to use me for Your glory.
This message serves as a powerful reminder of God’s unwavering love and guidance in our lives. May it enrich your spiritual journey, empowering you to face life’s challenges with unwavering faith. Please feel free to share your thoughts below, and for additional resources to support your spiritual growth, click here.
Wishing you a day filled with the peace that comes from trusting in God’s strength!