In Christ, we have liberty - not license to do whatever we will - but liberty to walk by faith, to walk in a manner worthy, to walk by the Spirit free from the power and penalty of sin. One day in glory, it will not even be possible to sin, but for now we walk by the Spirit, letting the Spirit direct our thoughts, our conduct, our speech. Engage God early in the morning with a determination to walk in the Spirit this day; engage God in the afternoon with a determination to abide by His spirit and not by the lust of the flesh; engage God in the evening and late at night, determining yet again. When you think and meditate, determine to bring every thought into captivity and to think in the Spirit. As you engage other people, determine by God's grace to remain in the Spirit and not be led by the flesh. "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57). He broke the power of canceled sin, removed the curse of the law, and gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit that we might walk in the Spirit, our hope a confident expectation that that God's Word is true, and His promise will not fail!
We are, by design, created for dependence. If Adam, before the fall, needed God – was dependent on Him, how much more are we dependent on our heavenly Father! Paul encourages the Corinthians and us that we experience trial and difficulties because we are dependent on the Lord. It is His design that in our struggles He is glorified as His power, life, and glory are manifested in us and declared to all who see and hear.
Our challenge as a church and as Christians is to go and make disciples. It is a radical commitment that requires radical obedience, discipline, and faithfulness. If we respond to this great commission, we as a church and individuals need God! We will be dependent on God; we will have to be a praying church. To become effective in prayer and in reaching the lost, we pray like the Apostle Paul: thanking God, loving others, asking for courage, seeking wisdom, and expecting power.