“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2:20
George Muller, known for his great faith and ministry to orphans, was asked the secret of his fruitful service for the Lord. He said, "There was a day when I died...utterly died." As he spoke, he bent lower and lower until he almost touched the floor. "I died to George Muller---his opinions, his preferences, tastes, and will---died to the world, its approval or censure---died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends---and since then I have studied only to show myself approved unto God."
Everyone who has been greatly used by God has gone through an experience of "dying to self" as described in Galatians 2:20. It is not until we know the reality of "death to self" that we can live for Christ, allowing God to truly use and bless us.
Did you catch that? The key to living for Christ is not working hard to do all the right things. The key is dying so that He might do His work in you.
Holy living involves a daily decision to surrender to the lordship of Christ. It involves yielding our will to God and adopting His perspective. If you want to see what it looks like to live a holy life, examine the life of Jesus. He is the visible expression of God's holiness.
God wants our minds and hearts to be filled with His holy qualities. And as our lives are transformed, we will project the light of His holiness into the darkness of our evil world. Real life---abundant life---begins with dying to self.
Your View of God Really Matters …
Sometimes we think we have died to self only to discover there are areas of our life we want to hold on to. Ask God right now to reveal anything you are not giving over to Him. Ask Him to help you let go and trust Him with your dreams, your relationships, your career and every other detail! It is a liberating action, producing joy and peace.
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Read God’s Word Today…
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give our bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of the world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-3 NLT
GOD, because You are Holy I will devote myself to you in purity and worship.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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