Have you ever been tempted to think you might as well quit trying to follow Jesus in a particular area of your life, or maybe all together, because, as much as you are convicted of your sin and try to change, it seems like your progress is minimal at best? Let me give you some good news-We have all been there.
But there is even better news. The only reason you have a sense of what the Bible calls carnality (more specifically, fleshly desire and/or behavior as opposed to that which is spiritual) is because of the work of the Holy Spirit in your life! If you sense a conflict between these two areas in your life, the flesh and the Spirit, it means you have an awareness of what God is desiring to accomplish within you. Don’t be discouraged. Accept the fact that God hasn’t given up on you but, rather, is still working in your life. Enthusiastically celebrate the intense love he has for you!
But what about real and lasting change? God does not approve of us continuing in our sin, does he? There is good news there as well. The work of transformation is the sole responsibility of the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us that the Spirit brings power (Acts 1:8) and this power is able to change us (2 Timothy 3:5) and give us new life (1 Corinthians 6:14) if we confess our wrong and give the Spirit permission to perform his work in our life. Oswald Chambers explained it this way: “If the Spirit of God detects anything in you that is wrong, He doesn’t ask you to make it right; He only asks you to accept the light of truth, and then He will make it right. A child of the light will confess sin instantly and stand completely open before God.”