Upon graduation from Bible College many years ago I was full of zeal, vision, and (some) knowledge. I thought Jesus and I were leaving to go conquer the world… His words to me some months later as I was making plans for my next steps have forever marked me. It’s the basis of my life’s journey thereafter and testimony – “Die to your dreams and visions so I can resurrect them”. And off to “the desert” I went… I had received Vision, but now in greater depth I would learn how to empty myself. Life begins when we end. All life is in Him! Death has always been the start of my life, a paradox indeed! But when you catch His vision, you will be free. As I have been learning over the years, I may say it a few different ways, but the simplicity of the message and dire need of it in the Body will never cease.
As we are transformed by Him, we continue to behold Him; we look and keep on looking just we ask and keep on asking. He is the daily Bread, and daily we must die. However in daily death we find daily resurrection! Jesus is the Life you are searching for, apart from Him we can do nothing.
Surrender is not a one time prayer, but a daily necessity in the believer’s life.
I ask you this question (and to myself as well), “Is the Lord living His life through you today”?
“For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring.” Acts 17:28 AMPC
“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.” Galatians 2:20 AMPC
“My old identity has been co-crucified with Christ and no longer lives. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, dispensing his life into mine!” Galatians 2:20 TPT
“And He said to all, If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also].” Luke 9:23 AMPC