Be Confident in God’s Ability More than Your Own

by Jon Walker

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 NIV)

When Jesus commands us to do something, he knows we can’t do it unless we’re empowered by him. So, through the Holy Spirit, he joins his life with ours; thus, “Christ lives in me.”

This new life takes us where we could never go ourselves. God transforms us by the life of Christ within us, and so we “live and move and have our being” energized by being in Christ (Acts 17:28 NIV).

No matter how hard we try, some days sheer willpower isn’t enough to move us closer to where God wants us to be. And so we try harder, and things just get worse.

This is God driving us away from “try harder” Christianity. It is God teaching us, “Not I, but Christ.”

We begin to see it is no longer “just I” doing the work. We learn to say in faith: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20 NIV).

Our confidence is not in our ability but in God’s ability. Discuss ways that God works through us internally and externally to build our faith in him.

How would things change in your life if you traded self-confidence for God confidence?

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4 Responses to Be Confident in God’s Ability More than Your Own

  1. Stephen Bernard says:

    I now live in Jesus. That doesn’t mean that I am a ‘Saint’. It means, Jesus gives me his grace and He makes His strength perfect in my weak leg and hand and make me walk without pain! And He is healing the sickness in me and I am depending on His strength than the ability of Doctors. He told me not to go after them! Because He loves me so much, so He lives in me. Praise the Lord Jesus!
    Thank you for this inspiring devotional.
    God bless you and keep you.

  2. Douglas R. Dawson says:

    Just give UP,and give IN, GOD has the ability to do the rest.amen

  3. Pam Yessian says:

    I can do nothing without my Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST!!!! All the willpower in the world can’t break the chains of addiction or any other stronghold. I am on my knees worshipping and praising my God and King for the freedom He’s given me through the blood of Jesus Christ.

  4. ebere says:

    God is spirit and those that worship must worship in spirit and truth. Flesh cannot please God, only the spirit can. No one who live in canality live for God but those who live according to the spirit are Gods children, just as Christ was victorous so shall those who live like Christ be victorous too.

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