Living in Faith
Gal 2:20 “My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine!
Christ lives in us. From this point forward, we live by faith in the Son of God. We believe daily that the Son of God lives in us. We say to the Lord, “I believe that You are living for me. You are my life; I believe that You are living in me.” When we believe this way, we live this way. The fundamental
lesson of Romans 7 is that we should not make any resolutions [to do good in order to please God]. The basic teaching is that it is better that we not will to do anything, because such a willing is useless.
The purpose of Satan’s temptation is not only for us to sin but also for the old man within us to move. When temptation comes, we must learn to refuse to move and to say to the Lord, “This is not my business. This is Your business. I look to You to live in my place.” Always learn to look to Him. Never try to move on your own. We are saved through faith, not through works. In the same way our life is based on faith, not on works. We were saved through looking to the Lord alone. Today we live through looking to Him as well. Just as salvation is accomplished by the Lord, without the involvement of any of our work, so also our living on earth today is a living of the Lord Himself, without the need for any involvement of ourselves. We must look up to the Lord who saves us and say, “It is You alone, not I.”
As long as man keeps on working [to become righteous], God’s grace will not operate and man’s sins will not be forgiven. In the same way, as long as man is occupied with his own work [to become holy], trying to do everything by himself, Christ’s life will not be manifested. We must confess that we will never overcome by ourselves. Do not will and do not try to do anything. Simply look to the Lord and say, “I look to You as the One who is living in me! Live on my behalf. I look to You for victory! I look to You to express Your life through me.” If we say this, the Lord will accomplish it for us. If we can believe, hope, and trust in this way, we will be able to testify daily, “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives.”
Thought of the Day:
Christ lives in us. From this point forward, we live by faith in the Son of God. We believe daily that the Son of God lives in us. Always learn to look to Him. Never try to move on your own. We live through looking to the Lord. Do not will and do not try to do anything. Simply look to the Lord and say, “I look to You as the One who is living in me! Live on my behalf.
Dear Father by your grace let me stop living or moving and let Christ live and move within me. teach me to look to him, and always remember that Christ lives in me the hope of glory.
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