My child, as long as you are on this side of heaven you will be conflicted, because I created you and designed you to be with Me in heaven for eternity. But I have placed you here on earth for a short time and your heart and soul desires its true home. There in lies the conflict. Abide in Me, for in Me you will know peace. But I will not take away the desire to be with Me. That never goes away. When you abide in Me you will discover your true purpose for being here and will walk in fullness of joy. So many people are depressed and messed up because they refuse to abide in Me, so they experience conflict without peace. I have called you to a higher life, rooted and grounded in Me, flowing with the river of life. A light shining in the darkness and one who rules and reigns and walks in My love and authority. Abiding in Me is the key to this fantastic life here on earth until we’re together, in your true home. Be courageous and fight the good fight. Stay connected to Me and I will make your path straight.
My child, as long as you are on this earth, you will feel conflicted because your true home is with Me. When you practice living in My Presence you experience My Peace. That is why I am encouraging you to do this more and more. Outside of My Presence conflict, confusion and deception are readily available and willing to capture your thoughts. Be diligent and continually practice living in My Presence.
Being born again into relationship with Christ is merely the starting point of our Christian walk. As we attempt to move forward with Him, it’s not long before we find that our struggle with self-will doesn’t simply evaporate. Each and every one of us butts up against the very same obstacle: “Will I continue living my life for my own self-gratification, or will I surrender my life completely, dedicating myself to live for His purposes and pleasure instead of my own?” Over time we learn that this conflict is a lifelong battle for the believer—that it never entirely disappears, though its intensity certainly diminishes as we mature in our relationship with Him.
(Excerpted from “Free from the Power of Sin: The Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself”)