“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:11
Jesus’ death and resurrection did more than secure the eternal destination of those who believe in Him. It paved the way for believers to live a better life here on Earth.
I’ve been a follower of Christ for many years, but I still struggle to find the abundant life He promised (John 10:10). I’m selfish, judgmental and impatient. My relationships suffer because I work too hard to gain control. I’ve tried to change my behaviors, but I eventually return to the same old patterns. Sometimes I wonder if God’s promise of a more joyful life was meant for everyone else.
But then I read the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 7:18b: “For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” So if even Paul struggled to live fully as a Christian, how is this abundant life accomplished?
I read on and found the answer: “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom 7:25) After He ascended to Heaven, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be our guide and comforter (John 14:26). This Spirit that lives in all believers is the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead (Rom 8:11). That’s a whole lot of power! My own power is inadequate to make the changes I want to see in my life. But the amazing power of the Spirit in me can transform me into someone who looks and acts more like Christ. As a result, I can live the abundant life he promised.
Lord, there are some things in my life I wish I could change. Help me let go and give me peace as I yield to Your work in my life.
Are you frustrated with not growing spiritually in a certain area? Instead of just focusing on the behavior you'd like to change, ask the Holy Spirit to show you a specific attitude that needs changing. Invite God to change that part of your heart. Consider reading our great article on HOW TO ACCESS GOD’S POWER.
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