Who Will Deliver Me?
Many Christians have an easier time relating to the struggle of Romans 7 than the victory of R Following are some excerpts from personal stories that have appeared The Intercessor through in the year which express the personal struggle of the writers–and the freedom they began to experience a into the truth that "the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death."
TRAPPED IN THE LIE
My ongoing problem is how I continued to see my believed a lie about myself which began way back my early years of life. (It is the same lie presented Satan to Adam and Eve in the Garden, and all people thereafter!) The same lie I believed when I was ac rebelling is the same lie that has kept me sick eve recovery. This is the lie: I thought I was an "Independent I," apart from God. I thought "I" ha change; I thought "I" was worse than others; I tho "I" was better than others; I thought "I" was bad things; I thought "I" was good at things; I thought should be able to do what "I" wanted; I thought " was hopeless and on and on. This same lie has kept me in bondage. When I believe I am just a "self," independent of Christ, then I think "I" deserve all the cred the good, and all the condemnation for the had. T comes straight from Satan, who wants to keep m any other Christian) blinded from the true light that Christ’s Spirit is joined to my spirit.
A most noticeable area was my behavior towards my close friends, who see me not as "just me," but a Christ/I. But, I was deceived into believing that I elf. I
"just me." I suddenly had more and more to protect. My friends were honest while I was dishonest, and I’d often be scared I’d be in trouble if anyone knew this. I also had secrets, many from my past which I did not want to admit to others or myself. I didn’t want to admit how bad "I" really was. I was also medicating with food and busyness to escape my feelings. Thankfully, my friends, because they see me as Christ/I, knew something was wrong.
I wanted to change. I claimed, "Yes, I will change speak and be a real person." But, this never work fact, the more I tried to change, the worse I got. I tried over and over again, always failing. I was struggling again life Paul in Romans 7, because the good I wanted to do I could not do, but the bad, this I would do
A pinhole of light–God was giving me a chance could not forget any of this, and I admitted to y that I was miserable and needed help. During the course of this day, God changed my wants. At the beginning of the day, I was fixed in my choice against God. By the end of the day, I knew I had to have and wanted to do whatever it would take to be right with Him. I wanted the light. I knew this was God wanted Him in whatever form He was in. I didn’t deserve Him, and asked His forgiveness. I wanted needed Him, and I gave up on everything but Him came to the end of "myself." And this is what bro the bondage I was in. It was not too late to turn to God from this sin course I was on. I could see really am, as God sees me, joined to Christ, and a this is the truth. Starting with that moment, and moment by moment after, I no longer believed I am an "I," but instead I am Christ/I. He is able to be right with God. He is able to be honest. He is able to feel pain. He is able to right every wrong. He is able to know what to do next. The secret is that He does it, while I know "I" cannot.
WHAT ABOUT MY MISERABLE PRESENT
Even though I had come to know that Christ lived in me, I still had this "me" with all of these problems. Who was that? Was it Christ taking pills? Drinking? Being depressed? If this was the best God could was being a Christian worth it? Yes, I was going heaven in the future and my past was forgiven, what about this miserable present? My desire to whole person seemed no closer to being fulfilled before. Was this all there was? Was this struggle normal Christian life?
With tears streaming down my face, I went and looked at myself in the bathroom mirror and said, "I am Christ in my form. I am whole and perfect in my spirit. I am not touched by depression or past hurt."
That was my beginning point. That was when I began to learn that I am a vessel containing The Life, not a person trying to live a better life, to become som nd
thing. What could be better than being an expressor of Christ? I saw that there are only two natures i universe, not two that rage in me. Before I was a ck Christian, I was by nature one of the "children of wrath" (Eph. 2:3), but am now made a "partaker of the divine nature" (2 Pet. 1:4).
I began to keep my eyes on who I am, not on everything I hated about myself. I did not know how it all worked, but I knew that somehow if any change was to take place, it would have to be 100% Christ as me doing the changing. I had given up. "Therefore, man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have com" (2 Cor. 5:17).
Not being able to turn back or turn off the pain, I started trying to fix me. By the summer of 1992, I had tried Al-Anon, Adult Children Of Alcoholics, Overeaters Anonymous, Experiential Codependency Treatment, individual therapy, New Age,
a Transcendental Meditation, unhealthy relationships, an compulsive spending, compulsive overeating, sensory deprivation tanks, mind-walk machines, hypnosis, Unity Church, psychics, Kirlean Photography, therapeutic massage, spirit guides, Hokami, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and reading every self-help
book that I could absorb.
All along the way, I thought that I was seeking God and that I was a nice person who just was not getting good breaks. But I was still in the dark, sometimes contemplating suicide, steadily gaining weight and severely depressed. My "house" spiritually and physically was a total state of chaos and disarray–so much that i began taking anti-depressants.
Yet this is really an opportunity for faith, a chance examine the real truth. Christ in my form is whole and complete and needing nothing. There is no real lack this time, my part is to believe who is living His life as me and affirm this fact. Sometimes this is hard when there is a specific desire for something or someone in my life. Yet it truly is a miracle that God is faithful to us. How much brighter the world seems when the real truth is spoken.
READY TO GIVE UP
I had just come home from a terrible night with myself–I must have looked as bad on the outside felt on my insides. This was probably the most miserable moment in my life. I hated myself, my life outside of home, and my life at home that I was walking into. Nothing had ever worked; I was ready to give up!
Even though I had lived a life of rebellion and turned away from God, the Spirit of Jesus Christ, whom I asked into my heart when I was a child, never left me.
Then why had I been so miserable? I heard an answer to this, too…I had believed, all my life, a lie. The lie I had believed was, "There is something wrong wi me." I realized that those words are words of Satan, who had tempted me throughout my life.
I dared to say that I am Christ in my form and to believe that this truth is the answer to life. The more I said this about myself, the more it became a reality. I am joined to Christ, and He lives in me as me. As a result, I began to change: the lies I believed were broken. See, now I could say that I could do something I couldn’t do before, because Jesus Christ is adequate to do so. I say that Jesus Christ is joined to me and He lives His life. I take this by faith and believe He can do it. And guess what, I do it!
People started pointing out to my husband and me that we had codependent behavior. Of course we were so enmeshed with each other we could not see, but one obvious sign was our constant bickering. My life had felt so out of control that I was constantly trying to control his. Nothing he did was to my satisfaction so I had this under-current of anger and would blow up over anything. My step-son watched me boss his dad around and get furious over nothing. I felt as irritated with with his behavior as with his father’s and would be short, snappy and mean to him. Nothing satisfied because I was looking to outside actions and behaviors, I had lost sight of the truth of who I was, Christ in my form. I was in such unbelief about who I was, because I was believing there was a "just me" going through these hard times. I didn’t want to accept God’s truth. I wanted life to be what I wanted.
I started getting a clear picture. I was never meant to be a self-operated-self. What a humbling thought! What relief! I’m a vessel that contains the spirit of truth or the spirit of error. The minute I start believing there’s a self-operating vessel, then Satan takes over and has his way. He doesn’t do it alone because I’m responsible for believing the lie of independent self. The pain, shame and consequences for all the times I believed this are great. It has been crucial for me to face the negatives of my past so that my future will be without the same consequences.
A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE
Everyone has at least one major pressing point in life. A big one for me was money (or seeming lack it). The easy way out would have been for God to send my husband and me a huge amount of money to pay our debts and catch up. Why would that not work? We would never learn why or how we got there (in debt) in the first place, and see that this had been a pattern developed long ago and repeated often.
Impulsiveness began springing up in me as I approached adulthood, resulting on in negative repercussions. My first purchase of a car turned out to be a "lemon" that only made it as far as my house after leaving the smooth-talking used car salesman’s lot. I’m sure my husband and I were a door-to-door salesman’s dream couple, as we were real pushovers. Of course, every young couple must have their own set of expensive encyclopedias and a super-duper vacuum cleaner that does everything except bring in the mail.
With repetitious years of credit cards "maxed out" leading to consolidation loans to get out of the immediate crisis, it felt like a never-ending battle. Promises to never get in this mess again went sour as the scenario would repeat itself again and again. So what could break this pattern?
The biggest point of faith for me was to believe that since I am Christ in my form, I am walking out the money situation perfectly. Even though I could not handle the charge cards previously (because of Satan’ use), now because of who I am, I would not misuse money. Even though I felt the same way, I could not live by these feelings. At one point I wrote out a statement along this line and also listed the things I was believing God to supply. Somehow, writing it down in black and white seemed to solidify something in me, and I could not waver from it.
Two Scripture passages where God speaks of doing something "little by little" are Deuteronomy 7:22, 23 and Exodus 23:29, 3 1. The same way that He drove out the inhabitants of the land for the Israelites, He does for us in driving out the ravages and effects of our unbelief. God also says He will deliver them into our hands, and we will drive them out (Ex. 23:31). So who does the driving out–God or us? The way I know to be true is that I faith into the fact of who I am (Christ living as me) and He lives his life in, out and through me.
More Articles from The Intercessor, Vol 26 No 2
- Who Will Deliver Me?
- Our Commission
- Editor’s Note
- Total Living Center: A Vision
- Further Soul/Spirit Clarification
- Zerubbabel Press: Republishing Norman Grubb’s Books
- Our Cutting Edge
- Christianity’s Lost Chord
- A Vision for Zerubbabel
- Zerubbabel Youth Ministries: Teaching the Total Truth
- The Christ Life…In Everyday Living
- Nevertheless I live, yet not I…
- Words to Live By…