Myself Apart from Christ, the Necessary Vision

This week’s message was about a double vision that God gives us. The first vision He reveals to me, which He will interpret in time and the second vision is of myself without God.

There needs to come a time in my life when I realize that I cannot go back to the way I used to live, that it can potentially kill me and therefore, it gives me a healthy fear in my heart regarding my past life.

“God Himself must take me to this place. To the degree I don’t allow God to devastate me and feel my separation will be to the degree I am not ready to answer the call.”

In Isaiah 8:13 the Bible says, “Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.”

God also reveals to us that without understanding who He is in all of His righteousness and who we are without Him, His righteousness can be devastating, as I can live my Christian life with an idea that I am “ok” spiritually speaking but deep within my flesh is reigning, rebelling and ruling my heart.

In Romans 7, the Apostle Paul talks about this deep reality of who He was outside of Christ and it devastated him. He was scared of himself and running a race other than the one in which Christ Himself held the reins.

“To the degree that I understand the defeat will be to the degree I understand He has the victory.”

The only way to deal with rebellion is to acknowledge that it is possible for me to secretly live my own life while calling it God. This life can even be a very good one. I can actually go forward in what I think God has me do and live in the flesh or I can live in victory and simply say “uncle, I give up! Take my life and let it be yours--it’s a mess”.

These thoughts were taken from our Monday night Bible Study. To listen to the whole message, click here.