"My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So, I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20
I once heard someone say; We are all a bit broken in some way, but let us remember, broken crayons make beautiful colors.
There is no shame when life challenges bring us to the end of our own ability and we come face to face with our own brokenness, our own hurts and our own deep wounds.
We do not want to heap coals of shame or rejection onto ourselves, or others when we crash and become despairing in the midst of intense adverse and challenging circumstances.
When we recognize our own selfish - self-centered tendencies and when we encounter the love of Jesus as a reality, we understand it is all OK to be wherever we are in life, as this is a process. God holds us in the shadow of His wing; lovingly cherishing and drawing us nearer to His bosom of true love each minute of each day.
Many Christians have the wrong concept of living this faith.
It is not in our strength, our education, our accolades, our knowledge, our impressive resume of service, that gives power. It is relying in Christ as our sole source of sufficiency and strength we learn that His ability strengthens, empowers and helps us to get through some of the difficulties and hardships we we experience.
As a Christian, it is when I recognize my dire need to completely depend upon the source of Christ as my 'all' --- as my supplied life for living this faith.
To profess Christ as my Lord means, I as a necessity acknowledge it is in my surrendering, my yielding, my turning over to Him my tendency to react from a flesh stance, my tendency to act from a flesh way, or my human wanting to try and control/fix/remedy situations myself. I understand it is by placing my trust in Christ alone who gives His life as the way to live this Christian lifestyle. I discover grace abounds.
It is when I understand the crucial key to living this faith is in my giving my knowledge, giving my accolades, giving my education, giving my talents, giving my resources, giving my understanding, and giving all of who I am as a human to the divine regenerative power of the Christt in me, I am granted new life!
It is when I acknowledge Christ in all things;, in the unknown, in the uncertainty, in the unfamiliar, my old self dies a new death. It is when I turn to Christ iimmediately as a natural response upon being confronted with difficulties, challenges and trials, I am putting to death flesh.
It is when I sink into intercessory prayer, I am setting aside my human wanting, picking up my cross and applying my faith.
It is when I come to the throne room alone to receive from Christ, I am participating in His glory.
It is when I carve space each day to spend uninterrupted time in Christ, I become His in whom he delights and whom He calls His beloved.
It is when I come to Christ again and again and again, in sickness and in health, in pain and in joy, in sorrow and in happiness – receptive of His Life as the Faithful One.
It is when I enter into participating in Christ, daily making faith-choices that align in His truth and walk out these decisions by the ability gifted to me of His love, saturating my inner realm in His holiness, I become His desired daughter.
It is when I join in the Godhead who dwells in perfect righteousness in me, who has fully supplied me with the Christ life who becomes my ultimate source, my divine entity and my all sufficient power to live empowered in becoming a godly woman, I am putting to death human flesh tendencies.
It is when I embrace the Christ way as the way to live - each minute of each day - in vulnerable courage and in dependent union of His supplied life in me, I unite in His holy purposes.
It is when I surrender my weaknesses, my failings, my lack, to Christ life as my life, I learn to give up my wanting and join in His life to be my most cherished desire.
It is when I yield bit-by-bit my flesh, allowing His Spirit to slay, to put to death ungodly thoughts, ill motivated attitudes, in-pure reactions --- whereby I learn to clothe my mind in renewed truths of His word as He becomes the Living Word whose resurrection power rises in the tattered frame of my humanity.
This faith life is all about intentionally choosing a lifestyle of absolute surrender of my resistances to the Holiness of Christ in me ---- willingly allowing His Spirit to reign, manifesting all He is desires through me in a world in need of hope, truth, and merciful love.