Galatians 2:20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Now that I have learned how to know God, not just who He is, but to really know Him for myself I get this verse down to my bones. These are not just words I hear and think I understand, they are words that are effecting my life even if I never read the words. Every time I hear the Holy Spirit who Jesus put inside me to guide me because He loves me, I am more able, every time I choose to do what God says in His word, I am more able, every time I choose God's word over my emotions I am more able. When I do the things God would have me do, no matter how the world plays out around me, I have peace and joy, I fee loved, I feel strong. When I choose God's word, when I choose to do what the Bible tells me to do, the if part of, "If you do this then I (God) will do this!" Every time I choose the "if" I can know the "then" will come because all of God's promises are yes and amen. The good days are wonderful... but the best part is that in the mist of the storms of life I can still stand strong, I can still feel joy, I can still feel peace, I can have hope that things will get better. My God tells me that He will take care of me if I love Him, truly love Him and He is stronger than anything this world will bring on me. Every day I am amazed. Each day that I depend on God and see His promises ever present in my life my faith grows stronger!