It is not through gritting our teeth and determining by our will power that we overcome temptation, but in accepting the fact that we are dead iin Christ. The dead no longer lust, lose their tempers or act selfishly. Our victory is in our being “dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans:6:11). We have given up life as we would live it in order to experience His life being lived in and through us. The life He gives is resurrection life, and only those who are dead can receive that. We cannot know the fullness of the power of the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of Christ, until we have willingly accepted His death as our death.
Dave Hunt, The Berean Call, March 1988