Same Spirit

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The same spirit that overcame the world, that raised Christ from the dead, dwells in us. Why would we ever turn to ineffective flesh when the Holy Spirit is in us?

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11 ESV)

There are times when we just feel done. Like there is nothing left within us to go on or to turn the next page. Being human, we only have so much energy and stamina – whether that is emotional or physical.

But then I read that verse (and for those who remember the old song, sing it) and I am humbled and somewhat embarrassed for how frequently I say, ‘I can’t’. Because of course we can’t. We’re not supposed to.

We in our imperfect, limited humanness are often faced with things far beyond our capabilities and that is just how our Creator designed it to be. Thank God that He places us in situations that cause us to stop and drop to our knees. I’ve often said, give me a doable task and I’ll show you pride creeping in. Give me an impossible task and I will humbly fall before the Lord.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 ESV)

The same spirit that overcame the world . . . that raised Christ from the dead . . . dwells in us. My word. Let that soak in for a minute. God forgive us for trying to do anything for His Kingdom in our own spirit and abilities. That’s like trying to transcribe notes using a chunk of charcoal when we have a Montblanc pen sitting on the desk. Why would we ever turn to ineffective flesh when the Holy Spirit is in us, just waiting for us to step aside and let Him do his work?

Father, forgive us for our arrogance and pride. May we today allow you to lead us into places and opportunities where you – and you alone – can shine.

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