2 Corinthians 3:4-18
It’s easy to become discouraged in the Christian life because of our struggle with sin. Even though we want to walk obediently before the Lord, we often find ourselves thinking sinful thoughts, adopting worldly attitudes, speaking rashly, and acting in ways that are anything but Christlike.
Whenever you feel defeated, remember this: As believers, we have all the power needed to live as God desires, because He has given us His Holy Spirit (John 14:17). So, although you may never achieve success as the world measures it, God’s Spirit is always working towards your spiritual success by …
Illuminating your mind to know the truth. Then you can grow in the knowledge of God and His Word (1 Corinthians 2:12).
Transforming your character. He produces His spiritual fruit within you, making you more like Christ (Gal. 5:22-23).
Aligning your desires with God’s will. He works to help you yearn for the things God wants (Phil. 2:12-13).
Strengthening you. He enables you both to endure hardship and to serve God (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).
Human strength and willpower fall short, but the Lord promises to complete the good work He began in us. And He will not fail.