Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? (ESV)
If you have grown up knowing how to swing a bat, hit a golf ball, or perform any other athletic feat, only to have a coach or trainer instruct you in a new and better way, two things will happen. You will experience success with your new method and at first, and then you will start to perform poorly and not know why. You may find yourself frustrated, but your coach will quickly spot the problem. You have reverted to your old way of doing things.
This is true of anything, including our walk in faith. Our natural tendency is to rely on our own strength. We hear the call of Jesus and begin to walk by faith. We are in step with the Holy Spirit, and then all of a sudden, we find ourselves weak, exhausted, and frustrated from trying to move mountains with our own two hands. We have gone back to living life on our own terms.
Or maybe I am the only one who does this. I will have days where it seems I am floating, just flowing through life in the smooth grace of God, and the next moment I am swinging away like King Kong swatting at the planes that buzzed his head. Oh, you, too?
Jesus, I really do not want to live by my strength, which is nothing more than weakness compared with the power of Your Spirit living within me. Help me to slow down and get back in step with the Holy Spirit, Who guides me as You promised He would. Amen.
Copyright © 2014 by Steven R. Perkins