Learning to focus more on what Jesus came to give us has changed my life.
I used to be so focused on dying to myself. Now I realize how it caused me to be centered on sin, instead of life. I guess it can be compared to what the law did for people. It brought awareness of sin.
It’s important to die to our sins. We must become a new creature. But, like Christ, we die once. When we are made new, we come alive in Christ. And just like Christ, in Him, we are seated at the right hand of the Father – LIVING. We have been given eternal life.
Shame and guilt, along with a misunderstanding of the context within 1 verse, has caused us to think we need to throw away our eternal life each day and exchange it for a new one. Christ died once and rose. He continues to live. That is the model set before us
Do we need to continue to cut out the flesh (sin)? Absolutely. But if we really have devoted our lives to Christ. If we believe AND live as disciples, it’s not a dying. It’s a cleaning. A sanctification.
When I understood this, I began living the promises of Jesus – abundance, peace that makes no human sense, joy that leaves me speechless, and love that eliminates fear. How? Because I was no longer focused on not thinking about sin and death – I started setting my mind on the Life I was give and how to become more like the One who gave me that Life.
“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 2:4-7 NLT
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