When Heidi Baker was being touched by God in a meeting many years ago, she began to shake violently. She was shaking so much that she said to God, "If you don't stop, I'm going to die." She said that God responded, "Good, for what I'm going to do through you, I need you dead." That probably isn't written down in a book of "most inspirational things God has said." Perhaps it goes somewhere with the likes of these scriptures...
I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily (1 Cor. 15:31) I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me (Gal. 2:20) And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me (Luke 9:23)
The very idea of death to most is just simply unappealing, however for Christ to offer us to share in His death is the greatest gift ever given to mankind. Accepting this invitation allows my sins to paid for by Christ's death and then I am made alive in Him. When He died, I died, when He rose I rose, and as He lives, so I live.
God needs dead flesh (not dead people) Crucified selfishness, crucified self centeredness, crucified personal rights and opinions, crucified flesh. And in turn people who are very alive and aware of the Spirit. Dead to their own desires and awakened to His, obedient to His, ready and willing to carry out the desires of a Risen King.
It's a hard sales pitch that Jesus sold. "If you will not take up your cross after me, then you are not worthy of me" (Matt. 10:38) However, the cost was nothing compared to the reward.
The longer I've served Jesus, the more I've realized that the cost of "my life" (my way of living, my rights, my desires, me me me, my my my) is honestly nothing into comparison. That is why Paul could say "I COUNT IT ALL RUBBISH, THAT I MIGHT GAIN HIM"
What we gain is always way more than what we've given up. Death for real life, what an amazing exchange that He paid for....
Just a few thoughts for the day. Hope you guys are enjoying the new page. I know the layout is different and there are some added updates, this is what happens when I'm dealing with time change.
Be Blessed, J. Tate