2:19-21 For through the Law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ: and it is no longer I who live; but Christ who lives in me. And the life I know live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.
Do you struggle with legalism or perfectionism?
These are sins, even if they don't seem like they are. We try so hard to live life in our own strength, but that is a faithless life. A life where I don't have faith that God can change me, so I strive to change myself.
To be in control.
We know that further on in the New Testament we learn that faith without works is dead, but works aren't produced by us; they come from Him. You and I cannot force the fruits of the Spirit to grow, only He can make that happen as we are faithful.
My struggle is to let it all go and surrender every single part of my life to Him, and trust Him to do whats best with it.
If I am living my life by the Law, then Christ need not have died for me. It's like sitting at the cross as Jesus died saying "ThankS Jesus, but I've got this. You may need to die for these sinners but I can stand up against the law and be found righteous.
Today, I surrender all, and trust that what Jesus said is true... It is finished.
The Law is destroyed and I can live each day by the grace of God, knowing I don't have to be perfect; but that by FAITH he will change my life like he did for Abraham, Paul, and so many others.
Thank you Lord. Thank You!