This world is jam-packed with temptations, tests, trials, and tribulations. Jesus said so Himself when He proclaimed, “In this world, you will have trouble…” However, He doesn’t leave us there. In the same breath, He also says, “but take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NIV). In other words, the power that Jesus Christ provides to all who believe in Him is greater than the power the world has over us.
No temptation is too strong. No test is too difficult. No trial or tribulation is too taxing. With the Holy Spirit as our guide, the peace of God on our side, and Jesus’ 24/7 resurrection power, we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). We are the pure and holy bride of Christ. While we can’t live perfect lives this side of heaven, we can be perfected (improved more and more) through the power that the Holy Spirit makes available to us.
Excerpted from Completely His: Loving Jesus Without Limits by Shannon Ethridge. Copyright 2007. All Rights Reserved. Published by WaterBrook Press, Colorado Springs, CO 80921. Used by Permission. Not to be copied without Publisher’s prior written approval.