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. Galations 2:20
Crucifixion always results in death. If you are born again, you were crucified with Christ over 2000 years ago in Christ. The thing is that self has a way of resurrecting himself at will! For most of us it doesn’t take much for us to get “in the flesh” and function in the natural as “mere” men. But that is not who we are. We are spirit beings, fully able to walk in the Spirit not fulfilling the lusts of the flesh. We do not have to bow down to the power of sin anymore. We have been redeemed and set free. We can choose to allow Holy Spirit full control.
We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. Roma
ns 6:6 NLT
In the process of sanctification, Holy Spirit strips us down until there is nothing left but self. Gone are opinions and excuses, and the idols, and “stuff” that keep us from being wholly His. Our part in this is consecration–total, absolute, unconditional surrender. Only when we are naked and not ashamed before Him will He be pleased.
“Those who seek the deeper Christian life and those who want the riches that are in Christ Jesus the Lord seek no place, no wealth, no things, only Christ.”
“One of the strange things about God is that He will come in as far as we allow Him. I have often said that a Christian is as full of the Holy Spirit as he wants to be. We can beg to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We can talk about it, but until we are willing to empty ourselves, we will never have the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our lives. God will fill as much of us as we allow Him to fill.”
This work of sanctification that Holy Spirit accomplishes in us is a lifelong process and God is faithful to the heart humbled and pliant in His Hands. It’s all about total surrender–are you willing?
I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return]. Philippians 1:6 AMP
Grace and peace be unto you from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.