“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
There is a big debate that I somehow often get involved in. A few years ago, I sat firmly on one side of the debate and now I realize that I have swung to the complete opposite side.
The debate is about perfection, and whether or not it is achievable on earth. Years ago, I would have told you, “Absolutely not! We are sinful beings and we will never be perfect until we get into heaven.”
But think about that statement… Who is it focusing on? What is it really saying about God and my faith in Him? And if we can agree that Jesus Christ is the perfect example which we are to imitate, and He lived a perfect life here on earth, then… shouldn’t we be able to do the same?
Obviously, we cannot do this in our own strength. If we were able to reach a state of perfection on our own, then there was not reason for Jesus to have come and died for us, and ours would be a salvation by works. Praise be to God that it is not, but rather we have salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Our works are a loving response to that most undeserved grace and mercy, and are necessary to fulfill God’s purposes in our lives. The book of James explains this concept beautifully.
Perfection, like salvation, is something that can only be achieved with the help of the Holy Spirit and by abiding in Christ. Christ says that anything we ask for in His name that is in accordance with His will will be granted to us. If we asked to be made perfect in Christ, perfect like Christ, don’t you think that God would answer this prayer willingly and happily? With the power of the Holy Spirit we can become more like Christ in thought, action, and character; we can leave behind all that used to draw our attention and give our full praise and worship to the only one who deserves it, our Lord and Father in heaven; we can become more than conquerors over those sins which tie us down and separate us from our Heavenly Father.
For nothing is impossible with God.
Yes, reaching a state of perfection is difficult and nearly impossible. But if we choose to submit ourselves to the Holy Spirit and His work, it can be achieved. May we stop getting in the way of the Spirit’s work to improve our lives that we might become greater tools for the gospel ministry.
“Living the life of the Saviour, overcoming every selfish desire, fulfilling bravely and cheerfully our duty to God and to those around us — this makes us more than conquerors. This prepares us to stand before the great white throne free from spot or wrinkle, having washed our robes of character, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” EGW, Reflecting Christ, 37.
Praise God for who He is. Praise Him for His faithfulness and that He is a refuge.
Praise God that all you have to do is abide in Christ if you want to have victory over sin.
Praise God that Jesus obtained the victory over sin at the cross.
Ask God to show you the sins you need to confess openly and the ones you need to confess privately. Claim His victory over those sins.
Have there been times when you did not feel that you wanted to conquer sin? Ask God for forgiveness. Ask Him to put in your heart the desire to overcome sin.
Ask God for forgiveness that we, as a church, have still not overcome sin.
Thank God that He forgives you according to 1 John 1:9.
Pray that God will give you the desire to overcome sin.
Pray for family members and friends who also need to gain victory over sin.
Pray for those areas in your life where you still need to gain victory over sin. Ask Him to give you complete victory.
Ask God to help you believe that He can give you complete victory over sin.
Do you still cherish any idols in your life? Bring them before God and ask Him to put hatred in your heart for those things.
Pray that church leaders will let God give them victory over sin.
Pray that God will make you humble so you can see your weaknesses and ask for power to overcome them.
Pray for the comprehensive evangelistic plans and outreach activities all over the world.
Pray that God will continue to lead His church and give its members victory over sin.
Pray for any personal needs you have (Proverbs 3:5, 6).
Thank God that He is willing to give you His righteousness.
Thank God that He is the One “which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).
Thank God for Jesus’s sinless life and that He showed us how we can be overcomers.
Thank God that He is answering the prayers you prayed according to His will.
May you be blessed!