I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” – Galatians 2:20-21
Do you know what frustrates God? When we think we can do things on our own. Like a child who stubbornly says “I do it myself,” when they clearly cannot. These verses talk about those who think they can earn righteousness, a place in heaven, on their own. This frustrates God. He sent His Son to die for us, because we cannot do that on our own.
Now, I don’t say this to God, but I go throughout my day making my own plans, my own decisions, working on my “to do” list, all without giving a thought to God. It doesn’t usually work out so well. I think it needs to start first thing in the morning. Before your feet hit the floor, make your first thought “Jesus.” Not tiredness, worry, stress, the “to do” list, or the way you feel, but “Jesus.” Remind yourself that your life is about Jesus. Today is about Jesus. Jesus has great plans for you today.
As I keep Christ in the forefront of my mind, I find myself praying about situations as they arise, asking for wisdom with my children, for patience when things just don’t go right, for forgiveness when I mess up yet again, trusting God for the impossible, and loving those who come across my path who need Christ too. I tend to see situations from His perspective. I find myself wanting to read His Word and know Him more. This is admitting that I cannot do it myself. This is letting Christ live fully in me! This is personal devotion.
Who am I praying for God to protect today? What spiritual warfare affects my life? Am I depending on God for His protection today?