By Wayne Braudrick
“Guard, through the Holy Spirit who lives in us, that good thing entrusted to you.” 2 Timothy 1:14 (HCSB)
How exactly does one fulfill God’s command to us in 2 Timothy 2:14? Counselor Bob Hornstein shares this great insight:
“We must surrender to the Spirit’s power to overcome sin and be transformed daily into His likeness.” – Bob Hornstein, Validate!
Bob continues with an illustration from aviation. An airplane guards it’s passengers and cargo as it transports them, overcoming the natural tendency to crash and spill. In the same way, the Spirit guards us by over-powering our natural “gravity.” He writes:
“The law of aerodynamics can suspend the law of gravity. If an airplane has the right thrust, it can become airborne…As long as a plane has power, it continues to suspend the power that gravity has over it and stays aloft. If the power source is removed or shut off for some reason, gravity takes over and the plane crashes.“It is the same spiritually. The power source of our spiritual “flight” is determined by the surrender and obedience of the believer…We surrender to the power of the Spirit moment by moment by faith throughout the day, and the Spirit empowers our lives to be holy and productive for Christ and His kingdom. If we disconnect from the Spirit’s power, we will immediately begin to live in the flesh (resources of self).“…It is not more power that we need. It is our willing and faithful surrender to the filing of the Spirit’s control every moment, day after day, as the only way to sustain the power to overcome the [natural pull] of temptation and sin. It is also how God gets glory through our lives. It is His strength, wisdom, love and fruit that is seen, not ours. – Bob Hornstein, Validate!