This morning I was praying and feeling pretty sad about my Jesus suffering through MY sins, and how I hate myself for lacking the self-discipline to choose better. I do not want to be this woman of the flesh and I was letting God know that... He put Romans 12 : 2 on my heart - which says... "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."
I went to read it and it was a reminder from the Lord because verses 1 and 2 were circled with the date "1/2009!" written next to them. Verse 1 "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship."
After my praying and finding that in Romans I was reading in Ezekiel 37 and verse 23 was amazing to me! So perfectly encouraging!!! "(Carolyn you) will no longer defile yourself with your idols, or with your detestable things, or with any of your transgressions; but I will deliver you from all your dwelling places in which you have sinned, and will cleanse you. And you will be Mine, and I will be your God."
On top of how perfect that Word was I also read this...
"... have NO confidence in the flesh." Philippians 3:3b
"Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of hosts." Zechariah 4:6
"When you are walking in the Spirit , you will find that Jesus is at the center of EVERYTHING in your life. You'll recognize that your old nature is totally useless to God and for that reason you'll need to daily crucify the flesh. Make a conscious choice to give Him your rebellious, stubborn, unforgiving and selfish ways."
The way to not put your confidence in the flesh is to "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice!" Philippians 4:4
"When you rejoice, you're choosing to put your trust in the Lord. This allows Him to determine the outcome of things."
Lord, I see that I am useless to You without Your Holy Spirit working and living inside of me. Please fill me brand new, right now, transform my mind so I may be good and acceptable and perfect in You. Take me as a handmaiden for Your kingdom. I sacrifice all I am and ever will be to You my God and my King. May my entire life be a song in worship to You Jesus. Please take the woman who chooses to defile herself with the things of this world, I am done with her. Deliver me Lord and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I am yours. Teach me to put no confidence in my flesh, teach me to walk in the Spirit. Be the center of my life. I trust You Abba and I love You!