Have you ever read something in Scripture that seemed like it would be impossible to actually live?
Have you ever walked away from reading something Jesus said and felt like there was no way you could ever actually live that way?
Much of how Jesus calls us to live as His followers is something that sounds impossible when we read it. It's a life we can't live by just trying harder.
We can't love people the way we're called to love them in our own strength.
We can't turn from sin and live a righteous life in our own strength.
We can't live in the freedom Jesus purchased for us on the cross in our own strength.
Thankfully, we don't have to do these things in our own strength. As followers of Christ, as have the Holy Spirit living in us. And He is our strength to live the way Jesus talks about His followers living. When we are surrendered to and dependent on the Holy Spirit living in us, we can begin to live the life that Christ calls His followers to.
The hard part is surrender. And that's part we have to do. We have to choose to surrender our own will, our own plans to God. We have to choose to let go of control.
Living those things that we read in Scripture that seem impossible becomes possible when we surrender to Christ.
Often this surrender and dependence on the Holy Spirit is a daily thing. It's not a one time decision to be dependent on the Holy Spirit for strength to live each day. We have to choose.