If God is for us, then why are “Christians” so feeble and weak?
Why are those who claim to belong to Christ living as if he doesn’t exist? Why are spiritual victories not occurring?
If God is for us, who can ever be against us? (Romans 8:31)
If I might, I will offer a few answers as to why people are not experiencing victory and living out of the power of the resurrection.
1. Many people who claim to be followers of Christ are instead “religious,” having never surrendered to the gracious sacrifice of Christ at Calvary. They know religious concepts, but have never repented of their sin or committed to serve the kingdom of God. They find their refuge in the man made traditions of the church. They are more superstitious than saved. In the words of Jesus, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Matthew 15:8)
2. Others who claim to follow Christ are what the world calls “carnal Christians.” Carnal Christians love the world more than God’s truth, but still want to claim adherence to Jesus. The reason they have no power is due to the fact that they are not willing to separate themselves from the world and its system of sinful pursuits. God is only a resource to be called on, as a genie in a lamp, when circumstances become totally overwhelming. They are not Christ followers, but keep Jesus as a a supposed lifeline. Paul tells us in Romans 8:8, “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” Therefore, they ought not to expect anything from God
True believers echo the words of the apostle Paul who said, “I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10) In order to accomplish this state of existence, we must surrender completely to the grace, mercy, and salvation offered through the sacrifice of Christ at Calvary. Sins must be confessed, as total repentance is the only option for a true follower of Christ. This includes a daily relationship of prayer, confession, reading the Word, and sharing the hope that lies within us so that others might find life in Christ. The power of the resurrection is available only to those who deny themselves while carrying their crosses and obeying Christ.
If God is for you, nothing can overcome you. If you belong to him no circumstance or situation can defeat you, because you do not have to rely on your own strength. According to Romans 8,:26a, “The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.” That’s right, God intervenes on our behalf when we are truly his servants. In fact, nothing can separate us from his love or defeat us so long as we place our trust in him. (Romans 8:31-39)