Here’s something I wrote a few years back when the preacher was in Colossians (I think). I just came across it on my computer and so I thought I’d throw it up here in hopes that it might encourage some.
“… strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might,
for the attaining of all steadfastness…” – Col. 1:11
It is not with any human power that the Christian overcomes sin. In iniquity we are conceived and in iniquity we dwell from the womb to the grave, except by the grace of God. We were all dead in transgressions and sins, and we all served the prince of this world. The Lord looks into our hearts and sees they are desperately wicked and deceitful above all else. He sees that every intention of every thought is only evil continually. He sees that the carnal mind is at enmity with Him and cannot submit itself to Him—nor would it. We were slaves to sin, and without the grace of God at this very moment, you, Christian, are still a slave to your passions. It is only through the strengthening that He provides that we have power. And what power! Were you to live a thousand lives in a thousand lands, you could never behold the great power of our God. When my God appears and demands of man, “Gird up your loins … I will ask you and you will instruct Me”, who is he that can stand? No man can stand before my God.
God has brought us to Christ Jesus and preserved us so that neither tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, sword, death, life, angels, principalities, things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any created thing can separate us from Him! He is the Creator and in Him all things hold together and have their being. Behold the power of your God!
So what is this power to you and to me? It is the power available for the mortifying of sin—the power to make us steadfast. Do you long for integrity? Do you long to see victory in the darkest corners of your heart? Then call on God to give you this power! When temptation comes to despair, remember that when God is for us—though all the world may strive against us—we are more than conquerors through His power!
Are you afraid to ask? Remember Christ’s promise that “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” And as Paul encouraged Timothy, we have not been given a spirit of timidity, but one of power! Take hold of this power and destroy the idols in your heart, Christian!
Are you afraid your request will fall on deaf ears? “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Christian, take heart, and go forth this day and be steadfast—for the Lord Himself strengthens you.