Monday, June 22, 2009

The Christian Must Die! Part 8

The fact that we have been crucified with Christ (Gal 2:20) and raised to newness of life (Rom 6:5) is sound and true because it is the Word of God. We walk by faith which is based on the character and faithfulness of God not of our experiences of feelings. Now knowing the truth what is our right response to God? Let's go to the source and find out what God know desires of us in light of the miracle on Calvary.

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

It is your responsibility to present your body, soul and spirit to God and allow Him to transform you. Are you willing to live like Christ and to be changed into His image? Or are you only willing to do what you want thus retaining control and being your own god?

This is done by "putting on" and "putting off" certain habits and behaviors

Eph 4:20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Sin no longer has power over you (Rom 6:2) if you are in Christ Jesus thus each and every time we commit sin we do so volitionally. If this is not true then we are believing the lies of satan over the truth of God's Word (1Cor 10:13). I am not talking about sinless perfection but about the sin or sins that God has given us light on yet we continue to "jump" into them taking the grace of God and using it for an occasion of the flesh.

Rom 6:13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

So the clear command of God for those that are in Christ Jesus is to continuously present yourself to God as an instrument of righteousness. Now what do you need to put on and to put off? Are you willing to lay your life down for Christ? What change are you willing to make today?

Gal 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Are you willing to serve others? What is God asking you to do?

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