It’s war. Scriptures don’t sugar-coat the reality of our situation: As children of Adam, we have inherited a nature that is sinful and selfish. But as children of the Father, we have been given a new life by the Spirit of Christ. As long as we live on this earth, our old human nature will want the opposite of what Christ wants to do in our new life.
So what is our hope?
Our hope is that the slavery to our old nature is broken! That Christ’s power is greater. That His power—in spite of human nature’s resistance—can produce lives and character that we never could produce on our own.
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
How do we live our lives when the old nature continues to battle the new life?
By believing God’s promise that His power is stronger.
By living on this certain hope, that the power of God in us breaks the chains of our “human nature.”
By trusting God to do what He says He will do.
You alone are our hope, Jesus. Help our unbelief.
O LORD, you alone are my hope. (Psalm 71:5)
More words of hope for freedom from the old:
Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; Luke 14:27; Romans 6:3-4, 6-14; Romans 7:21-25; Romans 8:1-4, 7-17; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Galatians 2:20; Galatians 3:27; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:19-20; Colossians 1:9-14; Colossians 2:11-12; Colossians 3:1-3, 10; Titus 2:14
© Elaine Starner 2015