If you ask most Christian about overcoming (adversity/fear/sin/trials/etc...) they will say they cannot do it on their own. I totally agree we can't do it on our own. The good news is... we don't have to. Rom 8:13; for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. I know some Christians who say they struggle with the same old sins year after year after year, and they just can't seem to stop. I wonder what power they are using? Sheer will power? Jesus says when we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive power. Acts 1:8; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." 2 Tim 1:7; For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. We can't do things on our own... but can do things by the Spirit. Rom 15:19; in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Eph 3:16; that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, And yet, even though we have this power.... many just do not seem to be able to overcome. 2 Thes 2:13; But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. Now of course the verse above mentions "faith in the truth". (Some have faith in lies) but it also mentions "sanctification by the Spirit". We don't have the power to sanctify ourselves. We have to yield the Spirit and let Him lead us. Some who claim to be Christians are always resisting the Holy Spirit. Acts 7:51; "You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did. It seems these are the power who still sin all the time, sin every day.... they have no power to change. Jesus gives us this power... so why are they still stuck in the same rut after years and years? Some seem to think it's by "their power" or "their strength" Zec 4:6; Then he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts. When I hear Christians say they are still struggling with a multitude of sins. Or sometimes the temptations just overwhelm them... I wonder do they even have the Spirit? 2 Tim 3:2; For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 2 Tim 3:3; unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 2 Tim 3:4; treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 2 Tim 3:5; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. I've seen posts from "Christians" here on TJ that were unloving, who love money, who are arrogant, who are malicious.... I'm not just talking about two or three messages. It seems the majority of their posts are this way. Where is their testimony? They hold onto a "form of godliness". But they deny it's power. I've even heard some of them say... I'll probably always be this way... I'll probably always do those sins. Apparently God doesn't have "enough power" to change them. They are stronger than God. The thing is... God doesn't force you to change. You have to want to. You have to let Him change you. Some will say... "you can't have the will to do this on your own". Perhaps that is true, I'm not debating that point, but if it is true... and God has given you that will... why aren't you changing?