This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. (1 John 4:13)
Adam and Eve hid behind fig leaves rather than face God for healing. You and I have a lot in common with our first parents. We try to hide behind statements like, “That’s just the way I am” or “I’ve always been this way.” That has to stop! What we were yesterday matters not to God, because He has given us His Spirit to make us into something we had never been.
Excuses are like camouflage; we try to hide behind them when we would rather not do the hard work of getting in step with the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. It is much easier to settle into our old self and live in the flesh rather than discipline ourselves to live in His Spirit. But this greatly dishonors our Lord, who paid the ultimate price to redeem us from our slavery to self and bring us into relationship with Him. He died so that we might live — not to live any way we like, but to live like Him.
Think about it this way: When we say to someone, “I’m just not a loving, patient, or kind person,” we are denying the work of the Holy Spirit within us. We are that kind of person because we are indwelt by the power of the Spirit, whose fruit includes love, patience, and kindness (Galatians 5:22). We just need to begin acting out practically what we already are positionally: a child of the Most-High God.
Have you been hiding behind any camouflage lately? Get rid of those flimsy fig leaves and draw near to the One who has promised to make all things new . . . including you!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!