What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,that we should no longer be slaves to sin – 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.Romans 6:1-14 NIV
I say I am going deeper. I feel like I am going under. I recognize myself less and less. A friend said it might be time to be baptized. I have been baptized as an adult. But the feeling is similar.
I am focusing on God. On Jesus. On obedience to Him. On things not of the world.
I have lost my self and have become irrelevant. I mean “self” – flesh – my will – the identity I created through sin and a difficult life. <– that is irrelevant. I am still a daughter of the King and fearfully and wonderfully made – please follow what I am saying and do not get caught up on the wording. My will and sin nature is depleting – I used to identify so worldly.
All that matters now is God’s will and direction. I’m going deep, going under and I know I will not be the same on the other side. I am tempted on all sides. Honestly, keeping my cool when disrespected is the most difficult thing for me to reign in. Otherwise is it almost a feeling of looking in at myself from the outside as I die to self and die to sin. I know I have a long way to go.
These verses above, I have memorized in King James Version. I have posted them here to chew on. And it is a lot to think about. There is a ton of very good stuff in there, feel free to take some time and think about it.
When I say, “Thy will be done” – I hadn’t given much thought to how much of MY will still stands, unmoved. “Mountain be removed!”
Isn’t what God wants for me better than what I want for me ?– don’t look at what it will cost me – the kingdom of heaven is at hand! Most assuredly. God’s will shall lead me on the best path to heaven. And though we do not focus on the cost, verse 8 says to die with Christ – this implies a brutal and painful death. This process will probably hurt me, not physically, but sacrifices – mentally, emotionally and otherwise will have to be made. Focus on God.
Its like walking on the top of a cliff or other high place – look at where you are heading and don’t look down.
When it is over, I can “offer [myself] to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of [myself] to him as an instrument of righteousness”. Amen!!
And finally – grace! The above passage is grace – dyeing and resurrection – death to life – the story of the expanse of grace and salvation. It is still the Easter season here! Hallelujah!
We are under grace! So what shall we said then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid!
Maranatha – Come Lord Jesus!
~Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation ~ pray Psalm 91 ~