TITLE: I Died Today
By Gina Johnson Smith
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Death of my own natural spirit must happen everyday if I am to walk this walk with Him. I must die to the spirit of fear and must be born to the Spirit of love. The fear spirit says I can’t applaud you because they will like you better than me, but the Spirit of love says, I can love you and applaud you because I understand we all have individual assignments – you can’t do mine, I can’t do yours – but together we make beautiful music. The Spirit of love walks in the pureness of heart – pure motivations.
I must die to the spirit of pride; I must be born to the Spirit of humility. For the pride spirit says, I’ve got it goin’ on. I don’t need correction, can’t take correction, and will get offended if it’s offered. The convicting sermon heard is always for someone else – not me. There is no self-examination for the pride spirit. The Spirit of humility, however, has an open ear. The Spirit of humility says, But by the grace of God go I, so compassion is always offered during correction. Humility doesn’t say, “I am nothing.” Humility says, “Without God, I am nothing.” Humility says, “As we are all trying to be like Him and you fall, I will share Truth, hoping you will see Truth and turn to it again. And as you do, I will help you get up, dust off, and we can continue the journey at a better, more mature place. Compassion reminds me that I was once blinded, but hope brings me to the understanding that you, too, can see again.
I died today. I died to living a routine life, blinded by the tricks of bondage. I was born to understanding the shifting of the spiritual times and seasons. I was born to understanding that much of what we embrace is a way of getting us complacent. Much of what we embrace is setting us up for destruction. Checkmate is coming and we haven’t got a clue. More than ever we must be alert. We must be ready. We must look up. For the bridegroom is on the way. We must be ready like never before. For we all must die to be ready.
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