For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”The Spirit himself bears
witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:13-17 ESV)
Too many of us, and I put myself at the top of that list, have lived too long in fear of the enemy, fear of the cost, fear of the unknown. We have traded in our victory for a wimpy Christianity. We are clinging to the house roof waiting for the airlift after the hurricane has left the area, not realizing that we have been given the ability to get down off the roof and walk through the flood to dry ground. In the middle of trials and temptations, we lie down in defeat assuming we can’t
win. This is not biblical. The gospel is the power of God not only to save us from hell, but also to transform our weak, pathetic, sniffling, sinful souls into ones that overcome here and now. This does not mean that the walk of faith is easy or that our hearts and Satan won’t do everything to deceive us and lead us back into slavery. However, what it does mean is that we are empowered with the Holy Spirit resident in our hearts to conquer. If we are not suffering, not gradually overcoming, there can be only one conclusion to this—we are really not children of God. So let us grab hold of the salvation we have in Christ and work out the gospel in our lives remembering:
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? … In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:31, 37 ESV).