there is no advice in this world – even if it comes from a Bible verse or a preacher’s sermon – that can produce God’s work within you. Oh, it might make you appear more spiritually productive, but the working of God doesn’t come from the practical side of the grave … but from the living side that has risen past it. When I tell you that Christ is your life, I’m telling you about the one and only present-tense reality that causes you to live as one who is truly alive in this world. source
Do you go through your day hearing a voice that condemns you so that it often drowns out what your Father has spoken to your heart? Do the thoughts that come through seem to validate the fact that your mind is still carnal, fleshly, not of God? You are not alone with that internal conflict, for I know it full well. But the life that has spoken to me in Christ teaches me not to validate the bogus claims of that voice. For to do so is total insanity! I know it seems rational to give that voice of condemnation its due by agreeing with its claims, but it is right there - exactly, precisely there - that the struggle seems to be normal. It also seems honest to agree and confess to what the voice of condemnation demands. Ironically, when I think I understand my sins so as to describe them well is to be caught up in the demand of that condemning voice. When I truly see sin for what it is I see it according to its true futility and deadness; and in seeing its deadness I have seen my true life.
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