Understand your own weakness and God’s supernatural intervention on your behalf.
By Pieter Kirstein
If you struggle to focus on your relationship with God and are easily distracted then you need to cry out to Him to supernaturally override that which distracts you and to
empower and draw you by His ability, strength and power into His Presence, for it’s within the Presence of God where all the change happens.
The battle between the flesh and Spirit is very real and we stumble over many strongholds and obstacles in our pursuit of God.
We see in 2 Corinthians 10:3 For though walking about in flesh, we do not war according to flesh.
4 For the weapons of our warfare [are] not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds,
5 pulling down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ;
So we see that every part and area of our lives must be brought into the obedience of Christ, which is a reality that only He can work in us, because God is the potter and we are as fragile clay before Him.
CHANGE HAPPENS BY WHAT HE WORKS IN US THROUGH THE POWER AND TOUCH OF HIS LOVE.
The clay cannot form, change or mold itself into a useful vessel and above everything the fleshly man in us is contrary to God, it’s stubborn and rebellious, so it takes great grace, great mercy, loving kindness, gentleness, humility, persistence and patience from Him to work awakening and obedience unto truthful repentance into each of His children.
Understand the personal need and dilemma of man before the Presence of His maker for in that you shall find great encouragement, consolation and understanding that without His intervention on your behalf, you are forever stuck in the weakness and inability and contrary nature of your earthy Adam as we see in Romans 8: 5 For they who are according to the flesh mind the things of flesh, but they who are according to the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded [is] death, but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace
7 because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can [it be].
8 So then they who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But then we see the good news in the following verses. Let me by His Spirit give you insight, revelation and understanding of what God is saying because He has made these things a powerful reality in my life and today I am free indeed.
9 But you are not in the flesh, but in [the] Spirit, if [the] Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone has not [the] Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.
THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT HIS SPIRIT DWELLS WITHIN HIS PEOPLE AND HE IS OUR HOPE OF GLORY SO BECOME GOD INSIDE MINDED AND SHIFT YOUR ENTIRE HOPE AND FOCUS ON HIM AND HIS ABILITY. HE IS FAITHFUL TO COMPLETE THE GOOD WORK WHICH HE HAS BEGUN IN YOU. HE CHOSE YOU AND YOU BELONG TO HIM AND HE KNOWS WHAT HE GOT HIMSELF INTO WHEN HE GOT YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE. HE’S THE ALL-SUFFICIENT, ALL POWERFUL GOD THAT SPECIALIZES IN RESTORING BROKEN LIVES, SO PUT ALL OF YOUR TRUST IN HIM AND CHOOSE TO BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF, KIND AND GENTLE AND UNDERSTANDING AS GOD IS WITH YOU.
10 And if Christ [is] in you, indeed the body [is] dead because of sin, but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of the [One] who raised up Jesus from [the] dead dwells in you, the [One] who raised up Christ from [the] dead shall also make your mortal bodies alive by His Spirit who dwells in you.
We see this same principle explained in Romans 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15 For that which I do, I know not. For what I desire, that I do not do; but what I hate, that I do.
16 If then I do that which I do not desire, I consent to the law that [it is] good.
17 But now it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing. For to will is present with me, but [how] to perform [that which is] good I do not find.
19 For I do not do the good that I desire; but the evil which I do not will, that I do.
20 But if I do what I do not desire, [it is] no more I working it out, but sin dwelling in me.
21 I find then a law: when I will to do the right, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man;
23 but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin being in my members.
24 O wretched man [that] I [am]! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
So we are in need of a Savior who is a loving, kind and faithful God who is gentle and humble in His dealings with His struggling children and He understands our weaknesses, shortcomings, failures and imperfections and He knows exactly what to do and how to work change into us until we find our complete strength in Him as our indwelling HOPE.
We are not hopeless, within ourselves yes, but when you gain the understanding that it’s God’s job to change you and your job to trust Him then you have already made good progress.
In Romans 8 we read further
12 Therefore, brothers, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
13 For if you live according to the flesh, you shall die. But if you through [the] Spirit mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.
14 For as many as are led by [the] Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba, Father!
16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.
17 And if we are children, then we are heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; so that if we suffer with [Him], we may also be glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the coming glory to be revealed in us.
This is where the power and the Spirit of God comes into play through the ministry and administration of the cross. Through the work of His cross, God defeated hell, death and the grave as we read in Colossians 2:9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And you are complete in Him, who is the Head of all principality and power,
11 in whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ,
12 buried with Him in baptism, in whom also you were raised through the faith of the working of God, raising Him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
14 blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross.
15 Having stripped rulers and authorities, He made a show of them publicly, triumphing [over] them in it.
This speaks of the finished accomplished work of our entire redemption through the work of the cross which declares the positional power and authority that is made available to us in Christ which God works out in the lives of His people by the operation and the power of His Spirit until we are brought to a full-grown man, to [the] measure of [the] stature of the fullness of Christ, which speaks of manifested sonship and glorification.
Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, cultivate and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God who works in you both to will and to do of [His] good pleasure.
IT’S GOD WHO CONSTANTLY WORKS IN US TO MAKE US WILLING AND TO DO ACCORDING TO HIS GOOD PLEASURE.
So relax with yourself and realize that you are in a journey of discovery to find out how this thing works and comes together in Christ. We are not in legalistic religious performance unto condemnation dearly beloved of God, but rather undergoing graceful constant supernatural change, through SPIRITUAL GROWTH and TRANSFORMATION by the work and the operation of His Spirit as God takes us from glory to glory until we reflect His character, His nature, His image and His holy likeness.
Jesus is our example !
He brings us through His cross unto salvation and then He challenges us to take up “OUR CROSS” which is His work of change and transformation in us until He has fully conquered us by the power of His love and until He has fully crucified the sinner in us.
Philippians 2:5 For let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, being in the form of God, thought [it] not robbery to be equal with God,
7 but made Himself of no reputation, and took [upon Himself] the form of a servant, and was made in [the] likeness of men.
8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself [and] became obedient unto death, even [the] death of the cross.
9 Therefore God has highly exalted Him, and has given Him a name [which is] above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of heavenly ones, and of earthly ones, and of ones under [the] earth.
Mature sonship and glorification comes as we allow and ask Him to empower us by His indwelling Spirit to follow Him not just into the level of salvation through His cross, but to further work transformation, deliverance, healing and change until we are brought into the glory of a manifested son and daughter that walks in agreement with God.
We see this exact same revelation wrought out in the life of the Apostle Paul.
Philippians 3:7 But whatever things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 But no, rather, I also count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them [to be] dung, so that I may win Christ
9 and be found in Him; not having my own righteousness, which is of the Law, but through [the] faith of Christ, the righteousness of God by faith,
10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death;
11 if by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect, but I am pressing on, if I may lay hold of that for which I also was taken hold of by Christ Jesus.
13 My brothers, I do not count myself to have taken possession, but one [thing I do], forgetting the things behind and reaching forward to the things before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as [are] perfect, be of this mind. And if in anything you are otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this to you.
16 Yet, as to what we have already attained, let us walk in the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
17 Brothers, be imitators together of me, and mark those who walk this way, for you have us [for] a pattern.