“But the Spirit helps us in our weakness…” ~ Romans 8:26
Lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life – three vices that encapsulate the evil ramifications of life affected by sin. From these three flow other vices that impinge upon our lives, leaving us floundering and staggering. We all have weaknesses that we struggle with from time to time. We wonder is there a way out? In a scenario like this, it is so reassuring and comforting to know someone to whom we can turn to for help – help that is reliable and effective.
Zechariah 4:6 reads, ‘“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit” says the Lord of Hosts’. God’s ways are beyond human understanding. They are amazing, mysterious, so unlike the ways of man. God chooses to work that way. Instead of just uttering that word in power, or stretching forth his mighty hand to work a miracle, he gently reminds us of the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our helper who comes alongside encouraging us to purge away the sinful nature. God is not interested in dealing with our weakness alone, He’s interested in dealing with our very selves – the nature within us.
The sinful nature is where our weakness breeds. It is the sinful nature that must be dealt with first. And God has ordained this to be wrought, not through the grand display of his power or might as evidenced in the creation story or other miracles recorded in the scripture, but through the quite workings of the Holy Spirit within. The Holy Spirit yearns within us making us to conform to the likeness of God. Now this walking alongside calls for a certain partnership which is earnest and sincere. When in such a partnership with the Holy Spirit, we co-operate and yield to it’s leading, we experience liberty one step at a time. No longer will the weakness seem insurmountable.
Are you struggling with some weakness? Invite the Holy Spirit into your life and walk alongside him. Take it one step at a time and you’ll discover God changing the very being of you – making you into a new creation.
“Dear Jesus, I thank you that through your Holy Spirit I can work my way through my weaknesses. Lord fill me with Your Holy Spirit and give me grace to yield. Amen.”