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Oddly enough that is the best thing I can say to God.  It’s the starting place.  The place where I know without a shadow of a doubt that I can do nothing, absolutely nothing without God’s help. 

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:3 that the poor in spirit are blessed.  Huummm. . . what does “poor in spirit” mean?  The word used is for a state of being totally and completely helpless to help ourselves.  Everyone in “Recovery” is familiar with this principle.  We just don’t think of it as the first step to Christian Growth.  But it is. 

 We have stated many times that Christian maturity means to become like Jesus.  Becoming like Jesus means ore than that I will recognize my need for Him in every single area of my life.  It means dying to all those things.  Everything that is not like Jesus has to be cut out.  I can tell you right now that I am not capable of such drastic measures.  It scares me.  Dying to self scares me.  So what am I to do?  What are we to do? 

 Surrender!!!

 Tell Jesus that you can’t do it without Him.  Let Him live His life in you and through you moment by moment one day at a time.  Confess your sins moment by moment as it happens.  Don’t let it fester.  “When we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9  The instant we confess our sins to God we are cleansed.  We may not feel like but God says in His Word that we are clean.  The next moment I need to ask the Holy Spirit to fill me and control me.  It’s all very quick but very effective.                             

This spiritual exercise is like any physical exercise.  It must be done over and over and over again to be effective and build spiritual muscles and strength.  Spiritual growth will not happen without it.  The filling of the Holy Spirit of Jesus living His life in us and through us is the only way.  No too painful, I think.

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