Why is the term used, “die to sin”? Well, just like physical diseases, we all were born with a “spiritual disease”, the Adam nature. God did not invent this broken nature. What God gave Adam and Eve was perfect and in alignment in all its ways. But what God did give was free will. You get to choose!
Adam chose all right…chose to listen to the deception from Satan and not the truth from God. God told them not to eat the fruit of a certain tree (the one of knowledge of good and evil) but only to eat of the tree of life. Once convinced by Satan’s deception that God would like it if they ate of the forbidden fruit…the deal went south and we have a broken nature passed on down and not the one God intended.
God never worries though when we fail Him. He had a plan from the start. Jesus came, sacrificed His life as ransom payment to God. You, accepting that new, free gift of salvation in Christ, will now be able to be restored to God. Bingo – God wins again!
But you say it’s too hard to follow what God says. No kidding, Sherlock! Your broken Adam nature will never be able to fully accomplish what has set out for you to do. You need the Jesus nature, the Spirit of God within. Once you ask Jesus to forgive you and actually give Him permission to reside in you, then you must go one step further and ask Him to reign in you.
Jesus is the example…you must do the same:
• He died and rose again…you must die to the broken nature and rise with the new nature of Christ
• He was insulted and belittled for righteousness and obedience…you must bear the same
• He endured unfair accusations…you must do the same
• He forgave those who wronged Him…you must do the same to those who have wronged you
• He sacrificed for others…so must you
You CAN do this because of what God tells us in Ezekiel 11:19: "And I shall give them one heart and put a new spirit within them. And I shall take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh."
He died for you, now you die for Him so you can rise up a new creature.
Read over 2 Peter 1:5-11 for the true formula for success. God is with us.
NOW GO LIVE IT!
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