The Holy Spirit who indwells us has the power and desire to bring about great change in our character and our perspective in life. However, first, we must believe such a life is possible.
According to John 8:32 Jesus said that as we know the Truth it sets us free.
Paul said in Romans 12:1-2 We are to be transformed by renewing our minds.
As believers we are not saved by our good works, but by our faith in God's grace.
But after salvation, we’re to choose to live holy lives using the Holy Spirit's power and leading.
According to 2 Corinthians 5:21 We now are His righteousness.
Part of fallen human nature is to desire control, to do things ourselves. However, when it comes to righteousness—whether for salvation or for living—we must accept that God has done the work.
Faith, really is believing God has done as He promised, it's not something we drum up inside ourselves. Our role is to go about our lives—making decisions, handling crises, raising our families, and so on, just as if God cannot lie and will keep His Word.
The story of David’s battle against Goliath is a wonderful illustration of faith. The giant had threatened the army of Israel, leaving them paralysed with fear and hidden in caves.
Notice that David did what he knew how to do, while trusting God to do the rest.
Think of any challenge or problem you may be facing.
What is your role?
What is God’s part?
David walked into the valley for the battle with the giant in response to what he believed God would do, not in reaction to his circumstances.
David's previous experiences with the lion and the bear gave him confidence that God would deliver Goliath into his hands.
Either people react to a problem, or they respond to it, based on God’s truth.
When you are face to face with a giant problem; do you find yourself thinking, "Oh, God! I know what I should do. But I don’t know if I can do it!"
If so, you may be trying to rely on your own abilities to produce your own righteousness and strength, which will lead to failure most of the time.
The answer is to pray something like this: "Oh, God, this is too big for me to handle, but I trust You to help me respond to it properly."
Faith is the Holy Spirit’s signal to go into action.
The time for deciding how to respond to temptation is before we face it. Companies hold fire drills BEFORE any fire - not during the fire. Preparation and prayer always precede any actual battle with the enemy.
Take a little time to plan how you can do your part to face any giant by meditating in God's Word every day and being prepared.
If you will begin every day with a declaration of victory over any giants in your life, just like David did, you will experience success. Think through the pressures you are likely to feel. Then, thank God for the victory. In doing so, you activate your faith before attempting to resist in your own strength.
Remember, Christ died, not only to pay your sin-debt, but also to enable your success.