Why is it that we feel the need to act like we are always lacking in order to avoid ungodly pride? False humility is not the answer. False humility says “I can’t. I always fail no matter how hard I try. I will never measure up. I will never be good enough. I will always be a worm.” Truth says, “I can, not because of my own strength or abilities, but because God did it.”

Christ is our example of how we should live, yet the majority of Christians walk around believing they will never be able to attain the things Jesus did. Yet, He said from his own mouth that we would do things greater than He did. (See John 14) Why? The reason Christ was able to overcome his humanity and live in a way that was honoring and pleasing to God is because of his relationship with the Father. Over and over, He emphasized that, through his intervention and the power of the Holy Spirit, we are capable of having the same relationship with the Father that He has. He even specifically prayed for that union to occur in John 17.

Yes, the Word of God says that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but it doesn’t say that we have to stay in that state or claim failure as our ever-present companion. Rather, it says that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us and that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

If you believe this, believe it with your actions and your heart, not just your intellect. We owe God more than just a mental nod to truth. If we truly believe He became flesh, dwelt among us, died for us, and rose again in power…if we truly believe that His power can dwell in us…then we owe it to Him to claim that victory for ourselves and live accordingly. Anything less is practical atheism.