"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Instead of asking God to be like His Son, Jesus Christ, the real prayer is for Christ to live THROUGH us. Sure we can do the works and check off each item on the Fruit of the Spirit verses (Galatians 5:22-23), but that is us versus the Spirit working THROUGH our lives. You maybe have a specific sin that you want to work on such as patience, but do not say, "I'm going to try to be more patient today". Instead, ask God to give you patience by letting the Spirit work in you and then through you. He will change your heart to give in to Him just as you humbled yourself to the cross and He can be more apparent (doing good works through you) if you are humbled! You must also ask in full faith if you want God to do all of this (James 1:5-7)! And besides, who is better at being Christ than Christ Himself? If Christ lives in you, He will continually perfect and sanctify you until that glorious day (Philippians 1:6)!