Do you know what you are capable of? I mean really, has God ever given you a glimpse of how far you can really fall?
No matter how long we have been Christians, and no matter where we have come from or what positions the Lord has given us, we truly are desperate for the Lord’s empowerment. Why? Because we are far worse than we ever dared imagine.
There is nothing you and I are not capable of doing. Murder and adultery seem like the “biggies” in our culture. So let’s use those as an example. In Matthew 5:21,27-28, Jesus addresses these “biggies” as well.
“You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment… You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
The root of anger and lust are already in our hearts and given enough time and exposure to temptation, we would walk it out to the degree of committing adultery and murder. This is what we truly are capable of. If we live our lives as though we aren’t that bad and would never do anything “that bad,” then why would we live dependant on God’s strength instead of our own? Why would we need Him, if we had it covered ourselves?
Not only are we in desperate need of Him because we are capable of doing what we never thought possible but also because we can’t do anything of eternal value apart from Him. We can’t conjure up great motives, unconditional love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control apart from the Holy Spirit.
We not only need the Holy Spirit to enable us, we need others to walk along side of us. When we connect deeply with other believers, it helps us grow, brings health emotionally and mentally, reminds us of what's true, helps us not loose perpsective and a ton of other great things.
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