Updated: Sep 30
The Lord has not called us to live for Him, in our will power, but we have a new surrendered life that He may live in us.
Thus, we read in Galatians 2:20
I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST:
Though we speak of spiritual crucifixion, but those that are crucified cannot live. Therefore, if we cannot live within ourselves, how can we live for the Lord?
The second passage from Galatians 2:20 gives us a solution to our question. Thus, we read:
NEVERTHELESS, I LIVE; YET NOT I, BUT CHRIST LIVES IN ME:
Herein, it is clearly stated, it is Christ who lives in us. Hence, CHRIST LIVES IN ME. The issue arises when we use our zeal for the Lord to live for Him, but we struggle, when all along it is He, who must live in us. To better understand the death spoken of here, is to imagine a pea, or a seed. Take a single seed, place the seed beneath the soil. The seed must die through decomposition, though it is dead for a while, yet out of nothingness comes forth a new life, a sprout, tender, but it shall grow. Such is the believer, we let go of who we are now, our will power. Like the buried seed, it cannot raise itself through the soil. Neither can we go through, or live the Christian life, by the means of will power, but when all hope is lost, like the seed, a new life began. The process of this is thus presented, I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST: NEVERTHELESS, I LIVE; YET NOT I, BUT CHRIST LIVES IN ME.
For the next step, for that which we ought to do, this we read,
THE LIFE, WHICH I NOW LIVE IN THE FLESH I LIVE BY THE FAITH
Faith doesn’t always see before acting, but faith believes, to receive. Therefore, we pray, Lord, I trust Your will for me. Many are my misunderstanding of the past, but today, Lord, I’ve chosen to believe. Though it is not in my will to see the changes I so desperately need, but I believe the change is in You, so in you, I do believe.
THE SON OF GOD, YOU LOVED ME, AND GAVE YOURSELF FOR ME.
Teach me to surrender my life to You, so that You may live through me. This day, give me the reason to believe that I may see the changes in me.
Lord, I do believe, but if there be any unbelief, help me that I may believe.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Meditate on these words as you go through your day, while being reminded to keep trusting in the Lord. The decisions you make, the things you say, however, let not these things of your daily activities, be a new Law, or Laws, wherewith you must keep, instead, let the love of Christ reigns more in your heart. The more you love Him, the more your thoughts are on Him, the less you’ll see the temptations, and the more you will know to say the right things, and to do the right things naturally, as your love is natural for Him. Without the act of self-righteousness, nor the slumber of recurrence wrongdoing, but as naturally as you love Him, naturally the right things shall be done in your new life.
2 Corinthians 5:17
2 Corinthians 12:8-9