Colossians 3:3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross and follow me.

Is there anything greater than living for and serving our God? When I am on a spiritual high, there is nothing that distracts me from serving and loving Him and others. It is easy to put my flesh to death because my spirit is bubbling over and teeming with His presence. But then my flesh wakes up.

I start to let my mind run and than I begin my prayers with saying words like these:
> I’m so tired, Lord. When do I get my vacation?

> Do I really have to go and do such-and-such, Lord?

> Ugh, sister so-and-so really needs to find a new place to fellowship….

> Oh great, one more “ministry project” (rolls eyes)

Father, forgive me.

What is the solution when we let our emotions dictate our day? When I let bitterness, irritation, frustration or agitation rule my thought life (and even seep into my actions), I am training myself to say “SELF, put your flesh into subjection.” I am not saying that you can’t be annoyed from time to time but when that annoyance stems from selfishness, pride, or a lack of being loving to others… your flesh must die and your spirit man (or woman) has to rise up! A dead person has no frustration or irritation.

Jesus instructs in Matthew (16:24) to “forget about yourself.” This is a hard concept for me at times. I can be the president of a very Julie-centered universe if I choose to be. I can make it all about me and my will and forget about God’s plan for my day. I have to consciously embrace His plan for my life and consciously walk it out the way that He prescribes for me each and every day.

I like what Paul says in Colossians (3:3): “for you died”. I am no longer living my life. I am living for God and letting Him live through me.

May you be challenged today to walk in the fullness and freedom that God has for you as you cast your cares on Him and live the life He has ordained for you today. May your steps be ordered by the King and may you serve with a pure and humble heart.

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