Even after three years in Jesus’ company, the disciples couldn’t live the Christian life on their own. They had to wait for the indwelling Holy Spirit, who gave them strength, guidance, and wisdom. That has not changed – it remains true that apart from Christ’s Spirit, we cannot overcome fleshly desires and live in obedience to God’s will. But when we rely on Him instead of ourselves, He produces godly desires within us, empowers obedience, and transforms our character into Christ’s likeness.
While this may not be the most interesting photo, it does convey the point spiritually. With His Spirit we have the Lord’s power, and without it we simply have no power on our own.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, March 11, 2021.