Live Outside Your Shell
The Lord has His way of getting my attention. Today I went to make my morning smoothie and I had never noticed the wording on the side of my coconut water bottle. This morning I did, and it really spoke to me. It read, “live outside your shell.”
Jesus was one with the Father. He spoke what the Father told him to say. The shell of the man was not his highest priority. His will was totally surrendered to the Father. He lived outside of the shell of the man.
We are a new creation in Christ Jesus. The old man is gone. Therefore we must remove ourselves from unrest, unbelief and self-effort because these things are not pleasing to the Lord. Why do we have turmoil in our lives?
Well, if we ask our Father he may be quick to point out the things we are holding onto from our old man – the inner man (person) who still wants to remain in the old shell. However when we hold onto these things we are in unbelief to what God’s Word tells us. It is a choice of our own will that dictates whom we will serve.
It takes faith to learn to trust in Him and come out of our own shell of self-protection. All of our efforts to live a Christian life and do God’s Work are exhausting. His only word was “come to Me and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28-30).
His yoke is easy and his burden is light. If we are struggling then it could be we are standing with misplaced armor, or no armor at all. But if we are at peace then we know the Father (Hebrews 3:12 and 15).
We must allow ourselves to come out of our mindset of despair and unbelief and grasp through faith all He intends for our souls to have. We must learn to receive from Him through the Holy Spirit who was given to us as our comforter and guide.
See, the Spirit should be allowed to control our soul (mind, will and emotions). We get so caught up in self-control that we don’t realize we’re living inside the shell of our soulish man.
Pray! Bring it all to the cross. Allow Him to come to the resting place of your heart. His Words are power! The more we abide in Him the more the business of our day, the hindrances of compromise and unbelief begin to fade. He’s seeking intimacy with us. So, step outside the shell of the man/woman you think you are and experience Jesus for all He has to give you.
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Psalms 132:8, Galatians 2:20-21, 2 Corinthians 3:18, and Isaiah 26:3.