Thank-You, Heavenly Father that I can call myself, a child of God for Your Word says that since I have received the Lord Jesus/Yeshua Ha-Mashiach (John 1:12) as my Saviour and Lord, and trusted in His Name, I actually have this “right.”  I rejoice in knowing that, having joined myself to the Lord Jesus/Yeshua Ha-Mashiach, I am “one spirit with Him” (1 Cor.6:17).

I am so grateful for this privilege. Now, by Your Holy Spirit, and from a true heart’s desire, help me to get this from my head understanding into my heart. Enable me to see myself through Your eyes so I can truly grasp the value that is in me through that oneness of Spirit with You. I understand that my value is not from my flesh, but from the alignment of Spirit through my surrendered will to give myself to You, for my “body is now a temple of the Holy Spirit/Ruach ha-Kodesh (because I have surrendered my temple to You), and thus I am no longer my own, for I was bought with a price” (1 Cor.6:19,20); now I will choose to lay hold of that, put it into my heart, and rejoice in it, that I may “glorify God in my body.”

By an act of will, out of a true heart’s desire, I now choose to become so immersed in You, Lord Jesus/Yeshua, Abba Father, that by Your Holy Spirit, I will be completely encased in Your covering (Gal.3:27), clothed with Your Presence, and delighting in that amazing Presence, for I “have died, and my life is hidden with Messiah in God” (Col.3:3). And may it truly become realized, that it will be “no longer I who live, but Messiah living in me; that the life I now live in the body, I live by trusting in You—who loved me and gave Yourself up for me” (Gal.2:20,21).

I surrender now, not generically, but specifically, each body part, all of my soul (mind/will/emotions – which includes desires, thoughts, imaginations, fantasies, hopes, dreams, etc.), my decisions, thoughts, ideas, words, actions, interactions, and activities to YOU, that I may fulfill Your Will & Your purposes, not my own. May Your Holy Spirit remind me each day that I must submit each of these things to You as they arise, whether in my work, relationships, shopping, whatever/wherever I am I want to surrender each item and each encounter to You, so that I may become that “new creation; and the old things in me/my life will have passed away so all things can become new” (2 Cor.5:17). From the depths of my heart MAKE me to want that now, so that Your Word may be brought alive in me/my life.

I confess/repent of all previous lacadaisical, complacent attitude, even arrogance, in assuming my so-called “rights” without giving any thought to the reality of behaving accordingly in order for it to be actualized. Forgive me, Lord, for having taken You/Your offer of victorious living, for granted, while not cashing the cheque You gave me. . ..   How foolish of me . . …

I am so grateful that, as undeserving as I may be, that because I am one of Yours, I can still make things right between us and subscribe to my position as an “heir—heir of God and joint-heir with Messiah,” (Rom.8:16,17). Because of Your amazing GRACE, even though I have not been faithfully walking in that kind of surrender that I have been called to (Luke 9:23,24; 14:26,27), You are still faithful to Your Word/Promise. Thank-You, Heavenly Father!

Now I want to walk in faithfulness to Your Ways, Your Will, Your call, Your Word. I understand and am taking seriously that I am intended to be “Your workmanshipcreated in Messiah Yeshua for good deeds, which You prepared beforehand for me to walk in” (Eph.2:10). Make me to do that now. I want to “put on the new self,” (Eph.4:24) &  walk in it, not just sing & talk about it, for You created me to be like You, not just giving lip-service to doing so, but doing/being in Your image, which includes walking “in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph.4:24).

Thank-You, merciful and gracious Father, that my “citizenship is in heaven” (Phil.3:20). May I from hereon, truly identify with that position, while I eagerly await Your coming. For although “it has not yet been revealed exactly what I will be/what it will look like, I do know that when it’s revealed, I shall be like Him,” (1 John 3:1-3), and I so look forward to that!!! Because I can have this hope in You, Lord Jesus/Yeshua Messiah, guide me and lead me, even push me into that walk of purity, for “Everyone who has this hope in You purifies himself, just as You are pure” (1 John 3:3). Purify my heart, Lord, and make me to be like You. In Your Precious, and Holy Name, I pray. Amen.

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