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”…never the less not as I will, but as You will.” [Matthew 26:39]

Recently I was asked, “What has it cost you to grow as a Christian”?

I thought for a few moments, taking a quick trip back down the highway of life, remembering a multitude of decision places. Places that at the time were fraught with painful struggles and unending what if reasoning. It didn’t take too long however, before I realized I had to respond with, “my will”.

Many times I just simply wanted my own way! I have journeyed enough now to realize how many times the Lord has saved me from having ”my own way.”  I wasn’t really struggling with having to make a big decision, I was struggling with letting go and allowing God to be God!

Oswald Chambers pens spiritual growth in these words, “Spiritual reality is what is wanted, “I surrender all” and you feel as if you did, that is the awkward thing. The point is whether, as God engineers your circumstances you find that you really have surrendered. Immediately you do surrender, you are made so much one with your Lord that the thought of what it cost never enters any more.” Receiving the life of Christ into your heart is the story of redeeming Grace…living in His heart is the process of self-denial.

Today remember you are a child of God, do it His way and keep in mind Jesus said; “I came that they might have life…more abundantly!”

Diane M. Hale For the past 30 years, Diane has served as evangelist, trainer, teacher, mentor, and consultant for churches of many denominations.

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