Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Alive In Christ Jesus... Dead To Sin.

I wanted to share this post from one of my followers on Tumblr.  This young man is a mighty man of God and would like to be a pastor some day.  I found his post so encouraging that I thought all of you might enjoy it as well.

A good friend of mine once said,
When I guy says to his ‘future ex-gf’ WE ARE DONE. What he’s saying is that, ‘I just need space’ 
But, When a girl says to her ‘future ex-bf’ WE ARE DONE. She really did mean what she said.
Is this true? Guys, gals? I don’t know how accurate this is, but I’ve witnessed it. Guys would break up with their girlfriends, but later on they would go run after their ex’es, while gals when they say, ‘WE ARE DONE’, Boy, you better believe it. You and her.. are DONE.
Last Sunday Night I listened to our pastors message. He preached on Romans 6. What specifically stood out to me was verse 11.
So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. - Romans 6.11
How powerful and how true is this verse in our lives? Are we really declaring it in our daily walk with God that we are fully dead to our old self/sins and that we are alive to God and living for God because of Christ Jesus?
I have to admit, I have my days where I like the idea of righteousness, more than I desire to live a righteous life. 
I like the idea of purity, more than I desire to live a pure life.
I like the idea of being a Godly Man, more than I desire to become more like a Man of God.
I like the idea of Worship, more than I desire to live a worshipful life. A life that’s full of constant offering and sacrifices to God through my actions.
I like the idea of being a Christian, more than I desire to die to my self everyday so that I can be like His Son Jesus Christ, everyday.

We need a reality check folks. I know God did it to me last Sunday Night. Having all these knowledge without applying them.. is pointless. To continue in sin and abuse God’s grace and say, ‘I have freedom in Christ, He gives me grace, He will forgive me, therefore, I can just continue in sin.’ , - Well let me tell you, you are LOST my friend. Pray for a revival in your heart.
Being a Christian is not only just making all these decisions, but to make every decisions rooted in a burning DESIRE to please and glorify God. You are no longer slaves to SIN. When Christ died on the cross and He rose from the grave He did it all. When you put your faith in Christ, you DIED to your sins as well and you are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to righteousness.
Just like relationships. If you know you’re in a bad relationship, but your flesh wants to stay with that person, but you know that it has to COME TO AN END, it’s hard isn’t it. But you know it has to be done. Because something better is coming and you have to be patient and be wise. Breaking up with old sins, habits, patterns, routiness and saying, ‘I AM DONE WITH SIN’ is a hard choice to make, but it’s needs to be done. Because only then we can be fully free from the bondage of SIN and start embracing our new identity in Christ. Saved & Redeemed.
Check your heart, Let God speak to you and desire Him more than anything in this world, then He will show you His glory and majesty and will use every bit of you for His glory.
In Christ,
Mark Muldez


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