Image via WikipediaTHE last 2 weeks we have been setting up the foundation to understand who we are in CHRIST. We still have 4 to go and toady the next guide line in the seris is to: FOLLOW CHRIST, To recap we are taking our text from Matthew 16:24-27. The first was to Deny Myself, The 2nd was to pick up the cross and now today we must Follow Christ!
Seeking to overcomeself by self effort is a hopeless struggle. self will never cast out sel, because an independent self which is motivated by the flesh still wants to be GOD. We must follow CHRISt by being led by the Holy Spirit:Down the path of deathto the Old nature we had in ADAm,into the new nature we now have in CHRISt."we who are living are constantly being handed over to death for JESUS' sake that the life of JESUS may also be manifested in our mortal flesh"(2nd corthians 4:11)
This may sound like a dismal path to walk,but I assure you that IT IS NOT!!!!!! It is a tremendous experience to be known by the great Shepard and to follow him as His sheep. (1 John 10:27). (Step12 A.A>). The Fact that we are led by the Spirit of GOD,even when it results in death to Self, Is our assurance of Sonship( Romans 8:14) We are not designed to function Independently of GOD. Only When we are dependent on HIM and intent on FOLLOWING CHRIST are we complete and Free to Prove that the will of GOD is Good and acceptable and perfect(Romans12;2)
The bondage breaker, Neil Anderson