12/30/16 One Foot in the World
“Why do you hold back from selling out completely to Me? Why do you choose to remain with one foot in the world? You are so close! You are on the threshold of entering into the rest that I have for those who no longer fear the world or choose to gain from it. It’s just commitment, a determined purpose. Say yes to Me and I will do the rest. Draw close. Choose the things that please Me. I will change your heart. I will bring you to a place where no one or nothing can touch the real you. I will strengthen your inner being.”
Psalm 51:10 AMP
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.
Amos 5:14 NIV
Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.
Gal. 2:20 AMP
I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Phil. 3:10-11 AMP
10) [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings asto be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]
11) That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].
The life that the Lord intends for each of us to live is one of total freedom, overcoming the things that hinder us from living through the power of Christ. That kind of wealth comes from total commitment - the Lordship of Jesus over every area of our lives. Far from a single “altar call” experience, we are to submit every area of our lives to Christ’s Lordship as they are exposed to us. Step by step, submission by submission, a holy work takes place thereby creating more of the character of Jesus in us and eliminating more of our old life with its fears, longings, and lusts of the flesh. For some reason, some of us choose not to submit specific areas of that comfortable old life; and would rather stay very much as we are, even though victory eludes us and compromise surrounds us.
Give me a determined purpose like Paul, Lord,