Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1 Peter 1:3 (KJV)
Power, strength and victory in the Christian life are directly tied to the resurrection of Jesus. When He overcame sin, death and the grave, we overcame with Him! In Christ we have the victory over every difficulty or adversity we could ever face. And so it does not matter what it seems like in the natural, our starting point as Believers is always victory; and out of this we move from victory to victory!
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:14 (KJV)
The purpose of the law of Moses was to bring people to an end of themselves. The law was given to recognize our need for a Savior. Grace, on the other hand, liberates us from all guilt and condemnation, thereby enabling us to live right. Grace transforms us from the inside out, teaching us to live godly and victorious lives. And grace is not a curriculum or a doctrine; grace is a Person, His name is Jesus.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
On the cross Jesus was made sin for us so that we could be made the righteousness of God in Him. We did nothing to earn or deserve this, it is purely the gift of God’s unmerited favor. Understanding who we are in Christ enables us to live out of who He has called us to be.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:5 (KJV)
Strength and power comes from our personal relationship with Jesus. Walking with Him and being in fellowship with Him through the Holy Spirit gives us might and ability beyond what we could accomplish on our own. The more connected we are to the vine, the more fruit will we bear.
The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
Psalms 19:7 (NLT)
When we put our trust in God’s Word and in the leading and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will find peace overtaking our soul and wisdom filling our heart. Committing to lives lived according to God’s way will always reveal His instructions to be perfect and His Word evermore trustworthy.
[He has also appropriated and acknowledged us as His by] putting His seal upon us and giving us His [Holy] Spirit in our hearts as the security deposit and guarantee [of the fulfillment of His promise].
2 Corinthians 1:22 (AMP)
The Holy Spirit is God’s security deposit! This means it is actually the Holy Spirit’s job to guarantee that God’s purposes for our lives will come to pass. And so what is required of us is that we learn to live lives of complete dependence on Him where we no longer rely on our own efforts and performance, but we trust the unfailing working of the Spirit of grace in us.