Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Where do I Stand?

I just want to read this again and again and let it wash over me.

"Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace." Rom 6:3-14 NAS

What freedom this is! It is future filled with new beginnings. Transformation is what we have to look forward to. A life placed under grace.

We have died to sin consciousness... we have died to missing the mark... we have died in God's eyes and been reborn into something pure that can not be defiled or undone.

We can walk like the cross happened... like Easter happened. It happened in history and it has happened in our lives.

Nothing needs to reign in my life but God and this truth.

I like to read this and say to myself, "If this is true... since this is true... then what?"
I can read it and say to God, "Maybe I am thinking too small... God will you help me?"
Then I read it again... and again... and again... All the while I have a conversation with God about my relationships, my marriage, my job, my bank account, my future...

Today my body will not bow before the tyranny of a system I have died to... my mind is before another throne... It is a throne of grace.

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