Father, I’m having a hard time dealing with myself and You know it! Unless You intervene to change or to take full control of my emotional system, I refuse to take things into my own hands to deal with myself or with anyone else’s self!
The world emphasizes self-discipline & self-control when it comes to our emotions or our bodily habits; but I know now that such practices only lead to self-righteousness and I want nothing to do with such a thing.
My determinate purpose is set on Your righteousness not on anything that the carnal self can define as righteous. As it’s written in Philippians 3,
But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as one combined loss for Messiah ‘s sake. Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege—the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage of knowing Messiah Yahushua my Master and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him —of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly.
For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish—refuse, dregs, in order that I may win—gain Messiah Yahushua and that I may actually be found and known as in Him, not having any self-achieved righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Torah’s or the Bible’s or any other book of Laws & commands’ demands—ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with our Creator thus acquired, but possessing that genuine righteousness which comes through faith in Messiah Yahushua, the truly right standing with our Creator, which comes from our Creator by saving faith.
For my determined purpose is that I may know Him that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly, and that I may in that same way come to know the power out flowing from His resurrection which it exerts over believers, and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed in spirit into His likeness even to His death, in the hope that if possible I may attain to the spiritual and moral resurrection that lifts me out from among the dead even while in the body.
WOW! Those last words in the passage of Scripture quoted have just come to life within my being and all is well within my soul again! Why? Because it is as it’s written for me!