When I am Weak, then I am Strong.
Being holy is something that we all ought to strive towards, but I believe we all know that it is not as simple as we think.
1 Peter 1:16 (NIV)
For it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
Our new nature is always constantly in a battle with our old nature. Since we have put our faith in God, He has made us a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and given us a new nature with godly desires and the ability to conquer our old self. However, it does not mean that our old nature has been removed from us; we are still the ones to choose which nature to follow. It is only at the end of time, when we are called back to heaven, that the presence of sin will be completely separated from us. Until then, we will still be prone to temptations.
Even so, we can rejoice at the fact that we are free to struggle, but not struggling to be free. For when we gave our lives to Christ, we were crucified along with Him. Jesus gave us victory over the sin in our lives even though we are still susceptible to it.
Romans 6:6 (NLT)
We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.
In the past, when I committed a sin, I sometimes thought to myself: “How could I even do such a thing?” Then I realized the fact that I was in disbelief of my own sin was sin itself. I was being prideful. I was thinking that I was too holy to sin when in truth I had been sinning all along and I needed Christ to save me. Then I came across a Scripture that brought truth to my life and set me free from my guilt and shame.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
It was then that I knew that I could boast in my weaknesses so that the glory of Christ could shine in me. Therefore, when I am weak, then I am strong in Him. God wants us to go to Him in our failures for He comforts and strengthens those who seek Him for refuge. He also tells us to confess our sins to one another.
James 5:16 (NIV)
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Confessing our sins to others may not seem like the most ideal thing to do, but not only does God command us to do so, it is in fact liberating in a way which you will never understand unless you do it. At first it seems so painful, but then when God begins to heal our scars and heartaches, He sets a joy in our heart that is indescribable.
Romans 6:15 (NIV)
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!
Because it is painful for us to confess our sins, even more so should we remind ourselves never to use grace as an excuse for sin. We should not take for granted the price that was paid at Calvary. We have been saved not by works, but by faith in Christ. We were made righteous not by what we have done, but what He has done for us.
Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Therefore, I put my trust and have hope in Christ to overcome the sin which so easily ensnares me for I know that He will never fail me.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that Your grace is sufficient for me and that Your power is made perfect in my weaknesses. Let me find refuge under Your wings and rely on You when I face temptations. I am grateful that although I am free to struggle, I am not struggling to be free. Help me to live for You and not myself and my sinful desires. Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. May Your power be displayed in my weaknesses and I pray that You would be glorified through them. As I draw close to You each day, make me like You Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.”