Too often Christians live in secret defeat. Outwardly, they profess Christ and are sincere, but inwardly the weaknesses of Adam overtake them. No one likes to admit this. So, there is something of a falseness that many Christians live. The root of such defeat is false expectations. We tend to have a false expectation of what we think God should do, or be doing, in our lives. It is an accurate and common teaching in Christianity that Christ is our victory, and we are to stand in His provision. But what does that really mean? All too often under the duress of Adam we begin to proclaim, “I am this,” or, “I am that,” in an attempt to be free. But see, this is but Adam attempting to overcome Adam. It’s not what we are, but the establishment of Christ nature in us that gives us the victory. Until Christ’s nature, i.e., His word, begins to live in us on a practical level, we are vulnerable to the influences of a corrupt, old nature.
We expect immediate gratification from God, and when it isn’t forthcoming, we feel defeated. The establishment of Christ’s nature in a believer is not immediate. In provision, yes, Christ is in us. Potentially, we have everything God is ever going to give us. But all that He has given must come forth in a way that crucifies the active old nature in us. Christ’s victory in a believer is actually very impersonal. It’s not about “I” or “me” or “we.” Those are pronouns pointing back to Adam. Sometimes, we may get really spiritual and say, “I’m a prophet of God, I’m a pastor, I’m called to do this or that,” in an attempt to counteract the energies of the flesh. Such proclamations are building on sand. “We” are never any of those things. They are ministries and functions of Jesus Christ. We must learn to differentiate between Christ functioning through us and the establishment of His nature in us. What Christ is through us will never sustain us in times of Adamic weakness. We should not be so concerned about “our calling.” Being absorbed with our calling in Christ sounds spiritual enough, but it’s just bolstering the religious nature of Adam in us. This may seem like a harsh statement, but it’s meant to liberate us from false expectations. Invoking the name of the Lord, or who we are in Christ, is not going to lift us out of the weaknesses of Adam, whatever they may be. However, when Christ’s nature, i.e., His word, is established in us, then we can say, “This feeling, this emotion, this urge is not me, but the old me in Adam, and I am of the new nature in Christ.” Then it works, and Christ’s presence fills us on a conscious level and we are released.
I have talked to Christians who have confided certain Adamic weaknesses. “What can I do to get free of this?” They are looking for immediate answers and release. But those answers are never forthcoming. Learning to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength is the foundation of Christ’s nature in us. When our desire to please God becomes the driving force in our lives, we will then begin, in holy desperation, to appropriate His righteousness. This is the way of true deliverance and release from the sin nature. No, it’s not easy. Adam dies hard. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”