I was thinking this morning that this whole “series” of posts on self have really been on the fear of not changing. Not growing. I’ve been grappling with this, and I’m sure I’m not alone.
I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Gal. 2:20 (Amplified)
Andrew Murray discusses the reality that I’m grappling with. Do you ever feel your “self” elbowing its way into the forefront? My “self” has been disgusting lately. The battleground has been at my school. I have been so aggravated with students, work load, and even some co-workers. I know this sounds dramatic, but in some ways I feel like a grand battle is being played out on a very small battlefield. I’m going to paraphrase what Andrew Murray says here:
1. First we must know the truth in Galatians 2:20. We must know have died to sin.
2. We must accept this truth in faith. “And what then? When he accepts it in faith, then there comes in him a struggle, and a painful experience, for that faith is still very feeble, and he begins to ask, “But why, if I am dead to sin, do I commit so much sin?”
3. We must accept the answer to the question, which is simply this, “We do not allow the power of that death to be applied by the Holy Spirit.” This begs the question, “How?” We’ll take a look at that in a few days. Do you ever feel like hollering out, “Easier said than done!”