I am dying to serving self, daily.
I am one with Christ.
I am a saint of God
Romans 6:1-7 (NASB)
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in the newness of life.
For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be (united) in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with (powerless), so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.
When we are newly born again we are freed from the bondage of sin in our life. When we are experiencing the power of God’s mercy and grace in the new life we have been given, it is natural, seemingly effortless to turn away from the things that used to control us. The challenge most of us face is that we are walking in the power of grace without knowledge. When we do not renew our mind, replacing our old thought patterns and habits we are inviting the sins that used to control us back into our life.
When this happens the devil convinces us of the lie that we are not worthy or good enough for God’s love to sustain us. We must remember that he is the father of lies and the master of illusion. What he is doing is getting us to focus on our own shortcomings rather than the Source of our internal power, where we should be looking. As long as we keep looking to the effort of our own strength and will our pride keeps us from receiving what God can and wants to do for us, living our life through Christ. When we look to the person of Jesus and not the effects of the cross in our life we are connecting with the power of God in our life.
This is where we are often confused. The world we live in is a cause and effect world so we are taught to look for the external results first. The truth is that God has changed us on the inside not on the outside that we and everyone else can see. When we keep our eyes on God we are better able to walk in the spirit letting the Holy Spirit guide us and teach us what the grace of God, through Jesus, has done for us. As we practice doing this we are bringing to the surface what God has done eternally. We are externalizing the truths of God and what He has done for us.
The prophet Hosea tells us that God’s people are perishing because they lack knowledge of God and His ways. The difference from then and now is that we have God in us to help us in our journey with Him. We are learning what God’s sense of order is for a life lived abundantly through Christ. As we grow in the understanding of our identity we are we making better choices based on the truths we know. We are living one day at a time standing on what we think is just and right without seeking judgment or passing judgment on ourselves or others. We are focusing on the goodness of God and His righteousness, trusting God to work His will and purpose in us.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?