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God works to will, and He is ready to work to do, but many Christians misunderstand this.  They think because they have the will, it is enough, and that now they are able to do.  This is not so.  The new will is a permanent gift, an attribute of the new nature.  The power to do is not a permanent gift, but must be received each moment from the Holy Spirit.  It is the man who is conscious of his own weakness as a believer who will learn that by the Holy Spirit he can live a holy life. (Andrew Murray)

This is best understood by understanding Romans Chapters 6, 7, and 8.

Romans 6 explains to us the new nature given to us when we surrender to Christ.

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, even so we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.  (Romans 6:4-5)

The new life in Christ is imparted in us.  This is shown to us in baptism.  We died, were buried, raised from the dead, and live a new life in our union with Christ in baptism.  The new life is to be lived; it is ours to possess.

Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.  For he who has died has been freed from sin.   (Romans 6:6-7)

Being dead to sin is our reality; this is the default position (we will learn in Romans 7 that we can choose to override this position).  We do not have to sin.  We do not have to be disobedient to the Word of God.  We do not have to turn a deaf ear to the voice of God.  We can live in victory and do all that we are commanded to do.  Our will is His.

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey its lusts.  And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.   (Romans 6:12-14)

The Romans 7 or 8 choice is presented.  We can present ourselves as instruments of sin or instruments of righteousness.  We saw above, even though we have a choice, or default position is to be instruments for righteousness…we do not have to sin…we do not have to be disobedient…

And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness….But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.  (Romans 6:18, 22)

We no longer serve our old master sin.  We have been purchased at the slave marker and have a new Master.  We are slaves to God, bearing fruit to holiness.  We usually want to serve our good and great Master: that is our desire.  But like any other slave we can become rebellious if we choose to be.

For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.  But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.  (Romans 7:5-6)

Our default position is righteousness not sin.  We do not have to obey the flesh and the law that brings on death.  We should serve in the newness of the Spirit.  This is the will we have inherited in Christ.  It is what we want and desire.  But we can rebel, and often do.

Romans 7 tells us the will is not enough.  We need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live as we should; as we will.

But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.  For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil that I will not do, that I practice.  Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.  (Romans 7:17-20)

Romans 8 shows us that when the Holy Spirit is in control we are empowered for victorious living.

There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.  (Romans 8:1-2)

This word for walk is describing how one orders their behavior; how they choose to live.  We can choose to walk by the flesh or to walk by the Spirit.  Life in Jesus is the life of the Spirit; the right choice.  Choose to be empowered to do.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.  (Romans 8:5)

Choose to be empowered to do.

For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  (Romans 8:13)

Choose to be empowered to do.

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  (Romans 8:37)

Choose to be empowered to do.

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