Monday, October 8, 2012

dead to sin. alive to God

Whatever we do, it is because Christ's love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for everyone, we also believe that we have all died to the old life we used to live.

Do you ever question your actions or why you make the decisions that you do?  Our decisions are based on the things that we believe.  If we believe what God says, we will decide to act upon what we learned from God about us.

To believe that our sin nature died with Jesus and that we now live in a sweeter and forgiven way is to believe what God said.  Jesus died for us.  Because of that we make decisions that will help us win.  We make decisions that point us and others in the ways where we will find victory, peace and even abundance.  But a choice has to be made.

throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception.

To throw off doesn’t mean we hide our evil nature in the closet somewhere.  It doesn’t mean that we sweep it under the rug and hope no one finds it.  We all agree that most of sin is rotten and we don’t want to keep it around.  Yet we all will agree that some sin is a lot of fun, at least for a while.

God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom.

God changed things.  He changed me.  He is changing you.  The fact that we have to rely on Him makes us stretch our faith believing God for our freedom.  That freedom is huge and what each of us may have so that we will have success or the abundant life that God promised us throughout the Bible. 

The choice is ours.  Be dead to sin.  Live the truth since you are alive to God.  Live by the spirit.

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.  Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

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happy birthday, Julie

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