Without this daily resolve followers of Jesus Christ will become nondescript residents of society with little to distinguish them from the world they reside in. Oh, some may still retain peculiar habits like go to church, pray occasionally, read the Bible or observe Christian holidays. But in reality the values, concerns, and pleasures of this world will draw them back and they will again be subject to its demands and mastery. Such Christians will hardly influence and impact lives around them.
Our freedom is maintained by our steadfast commitment to struggle against “powers and spiritual forces” that seek to enslave us (Ephesians 6.12). How do we do this? “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” Free is the one who daily seeks the empowering of the Holy Spirit.