I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
What did I do for you? You came into this world to live and die for me. You gave yourself on the cross. You paid for my sins. You made it so I could be forgiven of all my sins. You made it so I could be cleansed of all my unrighteousness. You made it so my old life could die on the cross with you. My old life in the world is dead and gone. My new life, in you, looks nothing like my old life in the world. You have given me a completely brand-new life to live in you. Yes, I have done all these things for you.
Do you sometimes forget that I love and care for you? Do you ever lose sight of all that I have done for you? Do you ever have doubts that your old life is dead and gone? You know that all of these are true. What do you do when this forgetfulness, this blurred vision and lost perspective and these doubts come upon you? I draw near to you. I quiet myself before you. I rest in your presence. I listen to your voice. I allow you to refresh and restore and revive me. I allow you to strengthen and encourage me. I allow you to lift me up and carry me. Have I been with you to help you when you come to me? Yes, you always draw near to me as I draw near to you. You have never forsaken me. You have never abandoned me. You have never left me alone, to fend for myself. You have always been my shelter in the storms of life. When forgetfulness, blurred vision and lost perspective and doubts rage against me like a storm, you have always helped me to keep on moving forward with you. You have held on to me as I have held on to you. What has happened to you as you have gone through the raging storms of life? What has happened as you have held on to me and I have held on to you? I have known without a doubt, that you love and care for me. I have known without a doubt, that you have given me a completely brand-new life to keep on living in you. In the raging storms of life, my faith in you has only grown stronger as you have kept on helping me to live the new life, I have in you. Isn’t that good? Isn’t that great? Yes Lord, thank you for loving and caring for me. Thank you for giving yourself for me. Thank you for helping me to live the new life I have in you. I love you. I give myself fully to you. I will live my life in you, with you, and for you. That is very good.
Lord, I am thankful you love and gave yourself for me. I love and give myself fully to you. Thank you that my old life is now gone. It died as it was crucified on the cross. Thank you for giving me a completely brand-new life to live in you. Live inside of me now. Amen
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