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The Real Me

➖THE REAL ME➖

DAILY WORD - Dec.4.2018 ➖Pastor Sheliah

🤨 I’m discovering the real me… is not me at all!

When I was much younger – in my 20’s – I got caught up in pursuit of discovering the “real me”! You know how it is. As a child, you are conformed to what others want you to be – so much so – that by the time you are out on your own (or in my case married at 18) you are not sure who you really are!

In search of myself I studied “temperaments”; the “love languages”; “spirituotherapy”; the “tribes of Israel”; and other forms of self-analysis. So, my focus was on my “soulish” nature, not the real me; not on the new being created in Christ.

In disgust, frustration and desperation, I cried out for the reality of the Christian life – that “He might increase and I might decrease (John.3:30).

Suddenly it was if I wanted to know God more than I wanted to know me! And He opened my eyes to see that He had made no mistakes in creating me, yet He had so much more in store for my life, than becoming “myself”! God’s plan was to make me like Him!

That’s when I understood that He had always planned to give us new life in Christ. Don’t you see? You were born first naturally (by water), but then you were “born again” – by the Spirit. And though He put His purpose in you before you entered planet Earth; it took the “seed of the Holy Spirit” to fully germinate and release that purpose – His very life – in you!

“His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children” (Romans.8:15).

“Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure” (Ephesians.1:4-5).

In a vision one Christmas Eve years ago, I saw Holy Spirit passing out “Christmas Gifts.” Everyone who would receive – got the same “gift”. Holy Spirit was impregnating men and women around the world with the “seed of Christ”.

And I heard the Father say, “The Holy Spirit has come upon you, and the power of the Most High overshadows you …and you have conceived in your womb and you are bringing forth Jesus. For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Just as Mary did, each one who received this precious Gift (Holy Spirit), cried out: “Be it done unto me according to Your Word.” (Luke.1:30-38).

“Long before God laid down earth’s foundations, He had you in mind, and settled His love on you to make you whole and holy by His love” (Ephesians.1:4). “It is no longer I but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians.2:20).

By a spiritual birth – we now are a “New Creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new!” You have been given a totally NEW NATURE! “Old things are gone – All things are new!” – In you!!! (2 Corinthians.5:17).

As we live the Outrageous Life – it is His Life and His Love that is settled on you – making you whole and holy. ~ Shelia Hart Artt

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