God’s design places Him at the center of our existence and makes Him responsible for our physical life, quality of life, and eternal life. Man’s desire, however, places himself at the center of his own existence, and he expects God to revolve around him while he pursues his own inclinations for physical life, quality of life, and eternal life.
Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?Rom. 6:1–2 NLT
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO ME?
The self-sufficient soul seeks empowerment through God substitutes. Every attempt to find empowerment through any means other than Christ’s redemptive process through Christ’s redemptive work results in self-delusion and destruction. It is only through finding Christ relevant to every aspect of our lives that we can be freed from the power of sin.
O, God, restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. . . .Ps. 51:12, 16–17 NLT
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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