The Impossible Christian Life

It is widely believed that the Christian life is not just difficult to live, it is impossible. How true is this assertion? Does it mean it is impossible to live Holy? Here are some answers from the Holy Bible. In one of the most powerful sermons taught on earth – the sermon on the mount, Jesus Christ speaking to His disciples admonishes them on the kind of lifestyle expected of them. In Matthew 5:39-41, the Lord Jesus told us what our reactions should be in certain situations we find ourselves, but the truth is that we can’t do what the Lord has told us to do by ourselves. Our natural self, independent of God, just won’t obey God completely.

In Romans 7, Apostle Paul was describing the inability of the flesh (our physical ability, natural mind, emotions, actions all independent from Christ) to please God. He wasn’t saying after all the years of his walk with Christ he was still struggling with lust, sexual sin, anger, and bitterness; neither was he of the opinion that, “we have this flesh and no matter how hard we try, we can never beat it.” The bottom line of what Apostle Paul was saying is this, “we cannot overcome our flesh on our own” (Romans 7:15-23) with our own ability or out of our own self will because in us (that is in our flesh) dwells no good thing. The good news is that as children of God, we are no longer in ourselves. Hallelujah!!!

It is true that Man has been given a will of his own and has been endued with the power of choice, but when it comes to the battle with the flesh, your strength will definitely fail you; Paul testified of 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”.

Also, Galatians 5:16-17 states that,

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would”.

It is natural to be self-serving, self-seeking, self-promoting, but without the help of the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to do that which Jesus commands. Thus, we need the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life.

Galatians 2:20 says,

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”.

The very moment you understand that it is no longer you that lives but Christ lives in you, you start living from who you are in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 12:27, 1 Peter 2:9), our spirit man which is transformed and completely infused with the life of God – Ephesians 4:24, will flow from inside out and cause a manifestation in the physical. Then, and only then would we to live this “Impossible Christian Life” by the help of the Holy Spirit within.

We would then be able to do those things which Jesus commands such as; total forgiveness (Matthew 18:21-22), expressing God’s kind of love (1 Corinthians 13:4-7), peaceful living and holiness (Hebrews 12:14), and many more. All we have to do is to start living from who we are in Christ Jesus and we would see ourselves living the impossible life. (1 John 4:17)

Confession: Father, of all that are weak, I’m the weakest. Of all that tried, I failed the most. I receive Grace to live my life the way you would have me to in Jesus’ name. Amen

Remain unshakable in Christ, it can only get better in Him.

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