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The Foundation - Living His Life

"For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth...all things were created by Him, and for Him." (Col. 1:16)

In the beginning, God created man for Himself. Don't pass over this fact lightly. This is a tremendous revelation because it was in God's heart from the beginning of time to create man expressly for fellowship with Himself. When man went astray, he missed the purpose of God. But when we are brought back into His plan, the truth of why we were made starts to break into our hearts again, and we begin to enjoy living the life of God, rather than our own. We must allow our new spiritual understanding (which comes by the revelation of the Spirit) to be worked out in our lives, or we may start to be affected again by the influences of this world, and not go on to mature. The life in the Spirit is not lived in natural understanding--we are utterly dependent upon God, and we can do nothing of ourselves.

When we find ourselves in this place of not having the answers within ourselves, we often are not willing to wait upon God. So we start to reason, we start to philosophize, we start to try to live the kind of life that would seem to be acceptable to God.

But we were freed from that realm when we came into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. We're no longer bound by the traditions of religion; we move into the life of God. No longer may we make our own decisions, no longer are there two wills. There is only one will, and that is the will of God. There is only one way to live this life, and that is by faith. We talk about faith, and everyone has a different idea of what faith is--but faith is that simple relationship with God. We must come back to that place where if we do not know what to do, we wait for the Lord to reveal to us what to do.

Jesus did not move unless the Father moved. "But we have to move," we think. "We have to do something for God, and we have to be satisfied in our feelings, in our emotions." Beloved, we do not. Our purpose is to please Him, not to satisfy ourselves. In pleasing Him, as everything is brought into submission to Him, we will begin to find fulfillment. Why? Because we've been made for Him.

We may struggle with many things, and we've got our terminology for these things--we struggle with sin, with thoughts, with the reasoning of our own thinking--things that we have manufactured. Yet God has made everything so simple: just respond to Him. When we return to that place that God originally designed us for, but which we don't come into except through the gospel of Christ, we come into a completely different realm from any man has ever walked in before. We were born into death: we have come into life.