When you’ve lived half your life thinking you’re in control of it and being led by your flesh and your will, it is a huge paradigm shift to begin to live in God’s will. If I knew at age 14 what I know now about the perfect will of God, oh how my life would be different.
To totally surrender every area of your life to God after you’ve lived how you’ve wanted for half your life takes the power of the Holy Spirit. It hurts! It takes dying to your flesh moment by moment. It takes denying yourself the things of the world.
Your flesh says, “If I want that person, I could have her.” Your spirit says, “God, if You don’t want him for me, I don’t want him.” Your flesh says, “Lust, sex, alcohol and excessive eating are available to me if I want it.” Your spirit says, “Even though these things are available, my body is for the Lord and the Lord is for the body. God will do away with it all.” Your flesh says, “I will work where I want to work, do what I want to do, and live how I want to live and then I will die.” Your spirit says, “No one who is of God keeps on sinning because the seed of God and sin can’t reside in the same temple.”
It is a daily spiritual battle to surrender and die to the pleasures of this world. The enemy has us thinking that it is a loss to live for Christ but we know that to live is Christ. If you have children, teach them now to live for Christ. Teach them now that they can’t do any and everything they please. Teach them now that their lives are not their own. Because listen, after living in and of the world for 30 plus years, and then deciding to die, the struggle to be transformed is real. And that’s 💯.
The sooner we die to flesh the better. The sooner we die to our desires and our will the better. The sooner we die to a mediocre spiritual life the better. It isn’t easy to change now, but the safest place to be is stripped of everything worldly and at the mercy and in the will of God. We don’t know the day or the hour. To die is supposed to be gain; will it be? Dr.J.