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What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that. Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.

Galatians 2:19-21 (MSG)

God did not create us to focus on the don’ts but instead to focus ourselves and our energy on the dos of our life. God has fearfully and wonderfully made you and given you an assignment and despite it all, focus on that assignment, and in so doing you gain your fullness of joy and you will be positioned at God’s right hand, where there are pleasures forevermore. Your assignment, a God-given vision for your life, is revealed as you walk humbly with Him through your everyday experiences. Stop looking for the miraculous outside of you, the very miracle of God is you and inside of you. Allow yourself, right where you are and what is going on with you, to release your power, be Empowered through your circumstances to fulfill God’s assignment on your life, seeing and embracing your Most Favored Status, God’s grace making real His Word. Remember, Christ was made flesh, real, and in His death; fulfilling His assignment, it caused His Spirit to be raised to life with all power!


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