Hebrews 13:20 And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, all that is pleasing to him. . .
So often we try to excuse our sin by saying – “This is just the way I am. I can’t be anything different.” Yet that is not true. If we are a child of God, we have available to us the same power that God used when He raised Jesus from the dead.
Why then do we have such a struggle to live the Christian life? Much of our struggle is because we are unwilling to yield ourselves completely to Christ. Consider what Paul writes in Romans 6 –
Romans 6:12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to its lustful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God.
On the surface one might believe that Paul is referring only to sins such as sexual immorality or murder; yet we must not forget that James tells us that our tongue can also be an instrument of wickedness. Jesus said that evil thoughts are just as sinful as evil actions.
Mark 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
In order to find victory over our sinful flesh we must give ourselves completely to God. We must make Jesus our Lord. When we do this, we unleash the power of God. Scripture teaches us that with His great power, God raised Jesus from the dead. Scripture also teaches us that with this same power, God can give us victory over sin.