Folks in AA often quote the phrase, “Fake it till you make it”
As a Christian in Christ and Christ in me, I much prefer the phrase, “ACT IN THE FACT!”
I like 2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things (are so) , what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness?
Now Peter is talking about the certain destruction of all current matter, but I think the idea applys to my positional truths as well. Because my position in reality is that I am in Jesus and he is in me therefore:
I am dead to sin——————-
I am alive to God——————
I am immortal——————–
I am a child of the creator of all——
I can do all things through Christ—–
I am the chief of sinners forgiven—–
etc. Since these are true what type of person should I be?
I am to let my light SO SHINE that people will see my good works and conclude there is a God.
But, you object, “I don’t feel these truths and instead I struggle on the inside with comparison, anger, self contempt, fear of the future, fear of the opinions of men, confusion, lust etc.”
The verse doesn’t say to feel in the fact but to BE (Greek word hupoarcho) which means to begin and continue in the facts flowing to us from God. Like all adopted children, I have the right and power to act in the love and provisions of my new parents (the godhead) and respond with gratitude and love and delight in the things they make possible. Then, as only makes sense, presenting myself a living sacrifice.
So, fellow adoptee—-ACT IN THE FACT. Stop cringing when He goes to hug you, stop acting as though his rules are there to spoil your fun. You are loved.