Friday, February 17, 2006

I am Yours

Psalm 48:14-"For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end."

Enough. No more. It is finished. It is time that we submit to His word and will. It is time we stop living according to the ways of our flesh. Check out Romans 7. We hear a message about grace constantly. We are saved and redeemed. We rejoice! And then we turn back to the flesh when the temptations arise. But grace saves us again. There comes a time...a time when we must start living according to what we know...we are responsible for what we know. You see, I know that He has a plan for me. Thus, if I submit to it, I will be completely content in His joy. So why do I find myself turning to things I know have disappointed me in the past? Why must we go back? That's the lie right there. We don't have to go back. There is NOTHING that holds us to our old selves any longer. His incredible act of deliverance on the cross has set us free from the "obligation" to that sinful nature.

Thus we must PUT TO DEATH these things. And by this...I mean total obliteration. We must remove ourselves and FLEE this sin lest we be overtaken. Yes, He empowers us, but we have been given an ability IN Him to fight temptation.

There is no excuse (Romans 1) not to live for Him. I say this as a struggling sister. As my beloved friend said to me tonight...we trip on bumps sometimes as we run after Jesus, but He comes to us when we fall and lifts us up. But if we keep tripping on the same seems kind of silly, doesn't it? Eventually we should be able to learn the terrain and learn to watch for certain traps. You would feel extremely uncomfortable if you were walking with a guide who kept falling on the same tree root over and over again. But we have a guide who leads us elsewhere so that we may not trip. We may have to walk uphill aways, risking something unknown, but He always provides a way.

I have been chosen. I know this within the depths of my being. My life is a love relationship with the Lord complete with heartache, delight, tears of joy and sadness. The list can go on forever. Bottom line is this: I must choose daily to live according to what I know. I KNOW that He has called me to purity. So I must live accordingly. I KNOW that He has called me to minister to young women. Thus I must pursue this passion. I KNOW that He has called me to delight in Him and worship Him. So, I must lift my voice to glorify His name. He has called me to trust Him to be EVERYTHING. And He is.

Casting Crowns sings an amazing song entitled "Who Am I." My favorite line in that song is "Not because of who I am, but because of what You've done. Not because of what I've done, but because of who You are." How true is that?! It is by HIM alone that I am empowered and at peace. He has granted me His mercy and faithfulness. I need to live as such.

Enough. No more. It is finished. Let's start living. We are His.

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