“For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Cor. 12:8-10.
How many of us felt immediately after our Salvation that our strength would now be sufficient to uphold the moral code of the Law? I did. Yes, I stepped out in faith and declared I could uphold the good and righteous Law of God because I now have the Holy Spirit living inside. “Greater is He that is in me” (1 John 4:4), I proudly proclaimed. Now, before you think I have flipped my lid, you and I both know all of these things are true BUT as a new Believer, the words coming out of my mouth were different than my actions. It was my strength I thought would now be sufficient and sadly, I soon found out my strength was indeed miserably insufficient.
The Law, which is holy and just, was designed to make us responsible for our actions. It is designed to incite the sin nature in order to show us our strength is grossly insufficient. However, instead of admitting our strength is grossly insufficient, we blame the devil or God for our weakness. Our deception is on our behalf, not God’s.
“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.” Galatians 2:20.
You see, the Law is meant to be kept by Jesus living in us and through us by the Power of the Holy Spirit…not by our strength but His strength is our sin nature dethroned. We are unable to yield to the Power of God before we are saved. It is only through faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done that the Holy Spirit is commissioned to isolate our sin nature making us dead to sin, not our faith in our own strength. This is part of our Baptism into Christ Jesus; yielding to Him through the Power of God through the Holy Spirit and identifying with His Death, Burial and Resurrection.
The Law was kept and is kept by the Lord Jesus Christ…His strength, His grace and His power is sufficient. We have to get out of the way and quit trying in our own self efforts to do what only Jesus could do and has already done, defeat death, hell and the grave. Jesus Christ loves His flock, He wants us to have victory over our sin nature but we must have faith in Him for His power over Sin (sanctification) as well as His power over death (Salvation). – Donna Clark Warren