BLESSING #75…..”I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20///////
Dying to self is so indescribably hard that who in his or her right mind would WANT to deny the flesh and live according to God’s ways rather than to live to satisfy me, me, and me? Look at the three utterly amazing blessings in this verse! First, the Lord Jesus Christ LIVES IN THOSE OF US WHO FOLLOW JESUS! His very life through His Spirit is ALIVE IN US! Second, when we receive Christ as Lord, we learn to live BY FAITH IN JESUS. We learn how to live by faith in the strength of God rather than by fleshly exertion in our weakness. Third, this verse shows us God’s unfathomable love for us manifests in Jesus literally giving up His life for us on the cross! Yes, we pay a mighty price when we have to learn to die to self day by day. But the reward of being in the presence of almighty God forever and of Jesus living in and through us so far surpasses the pain of self-denial that there is no comparison between the two. The very best – and everlasting – way to live is in, through, and for the Lord Jesus Christ! AMEN!