In 2 Peter 1: 3, the word of God affirms that God’s divine power in Jesus Christ has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
In spite of this biblical truth, many believers in Christ often fail and fall short of their authentic obligations and responsibilities as God’s children. One major reason for this lapse often is lack of discipline and the will to actualize and practicalize God’s potential in us. We know the word and truth of God having been born again in Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. We know and have the faith that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). We have the person of the Holy Spirit in us, the power we need to live out our new identity in Christ and be a powerful witness for Him in the world (Act 1:8).
However, one thing the Holy Spirit would not do for us is the discipline of the will to make an intentional decision to obey what God wants us to do. Every day and in every situation we are being confronted with decision making whether to say and do “yes” or “No” to the biding of the Holy Spirit. That’s where you and I often fail. That is why Apostle Paul strongly appeals to all believers in Christ Jesus through his letter to the Galatian Church thus: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and Spirit against flesh, for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please” (Galatians 5:16-17)
That’s the daily struggle inside us that you and I have and we have the responsibility to choose always on the side of the Holy Spirit! How disciplined a Christian are you? Dr. Johnson Omoni