May grace (God's unmerited favor) and spiritual peace [which means peace with God and harmony, unity, and undisturbedness] be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:2 Amp).
Where there is a way there is a will. Jesus is the way back to God but our will must surrender to find it. Scripture says, “Whosoever will let him come (Rev. 22:17)” happily the invitation for a restored life is for everyone but it can only happen if our will aligns with Jesus’.
Sin has consequences to the way we think and act. Our willingness to surrender to Jesus diminishes when sin becomes “no big deal”. Blockages to God’s love and true image emerge through our stubbornness and rebellion. Unbelief, indecision doubt, and fear result when we refuse to relinquish our force of mind to the mind of Christ.
Becoming one with Christ is first a matter of yielding your inward thoughts, determinations, and desires to those of God, your Father. No one comes to the Father without the “earthquake” of surrendering the will. Once that takes place you can say, “I am a dead man” which is a surprisingly freeing experience that leads to a productive and authentic friendship with God.