In Colossians 1:29 Paul expressed how God was at work in him. The Amplified says, “For this I labor (unto weariness), striving with all the superhuman energy which He so mightily enkindles and works within me.”
What was that labor? Verse 28 in the Amplified says, “Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One).”
We are ambassadors of Christ. We are all called to make disciples. As Paul declared, we do not do it in our own strength. Philippians 2:13 Amplified says, “(Not in your own strength) for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you (energizing and creating in you the power and desire), both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.”
I think one of the hardest parts of progressive sanctification is learning how to live in the spirit and not yield a moment to our flesh. Our flesh profits nothing, according to John 6:63.
This truth is never more evident than when we are stuck in a lie. Nothing grows without a root, and every lie has a root source. We cannot get free from them in our own strength. We may try, but we will fail every time. It takes the supernatural intervention of the Holy Spirit each step of the way.
How does He most effectively work in our hearts? When we are submitted to His control. That means that we have to be attentive, and listen to what He is saying. Every nuance is a key to what, where, and when.
I love the Amplified in Luke 4:4. It says, “…It is written, Man shall not live and be sustained by (on) bread alone but by every word and expression of God.”
Psalm 19:1-2 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night until night reveals knowledge.”
The Lord often speaks to us through the storms of our lives. He demonstrated His power to His disciples through a storm. In their own strength they could not row against the wind. They were straining and getting nowhere.
Mark 6:51 says, “Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled.”
When Jesus steps into the ‘boat’ of our impossibilities, the ‘storm’ ceases. What circumstances are you in right now that are tossing you up and down? What are you straining against? What unresolved issues have you bound? What lies control your life?
We have the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. We can ask Him for help. In John 14:16 Jesus told His disciples, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.”