“Christ Liveth in me”

The Bible says we are the “children of God” in John 1:12. Romans 8:16,17 says we are “heirs of God,” it means we are sharers by lot, or inheritors. In other words we have unsearchable resources available in Christ.

Unfortunately most of the time, many of us and definately myself included, have not come to the end of our own resources. This leaves us living life out of our own strength.

Then when we do run out of gas we turn to others or outside resources. Charles Solomon says in his book Christ-Centered Counseling that “those who have come to the end of their self-effort must turn to a supply outside themselves.” Then, still not understanding or appropriating the resources found in Christ they pursue resources outside themselves. Mr. Solomon continues, “Ours has become a credit-card economy, so that those who have exhausted their financial capabilities can borrow from the resources of others. In like manner, those who have seemingly exhausted their resources in a spouse may turn to an affair to satisfy a craving for emotional support, fleshly lust, prestige, acceptance, or escape.”

When these outside human resources are tapped out it many times leaves us to look to other “credit cards” as Mr. Solomon would say. Cards such as drinking, tranquilizers, and other drugs. Again, even these will not supply the need and as Mr. Solomon notes the credit card debt must eventually be paid. You can only keep moving debt from one card to the next for so long. Interest is growing. Some may try therapy at this point – something to push them on. When people continue on this way and can still not find an answer then many will have thoughts of suicide.

A verse pointed out by Mr. Solomon in his book Christ-Centered Counseling is Galatians 2:20 – “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.” This verse gives us the answer to living this life in the flesh. It is by faith allowing Christ to live through us. The key is to live life by and in the resources God has provided for all His children and not on the “credit cards” of others or outside things.

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