RCCG Open Heavens Daily Devotional, Wednesday, 22nd January, 2014
TOPIC: NEW LIFE IN JESUS
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Bible in one year:
1 Timothy 1-6, Psalm 21
No doubt, there are lot of things that Apostle Paul wrote which are hard to fathom. How can somebody be crucified and yet be alive? A crucified fellow is bound to die; but in Galatians 2:20, Paul says ’’I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live”. What he is saying here is that ‘the man that I used to be is dead: the fornicator is dead; the liar is dead; that man who used to be angry is dead; that man who used to defraud is dead; the man with the unforgiving spirit is dead; thank God, that man on the way to hell is dead; now I am going to heaven; I am a brand new creature‘.
What message is Apostle Paul trying to convey when he says: “I am crucified”? What really does he mean when he says: “Christ is living in me”? When we become born-again, the Bible says we become brand new creatures in Jesus Christ. Quite a lot of things change when we become born-again; all of them are inward things which later reflect on the outside. Assuming you attend a church service and you become born-again during the service, if you came in as a black fellow, you would still leave as a black fellow. After salvation, the colour of your skin does not change and you don't grow taller or shorter. However, inwardly, certain things have changed. Your spirit now is in communion with God. Your spirit man that was dead before is now alive; but you are still living in the same body. The devil will try as much as possible to use that body to drag you back to his ways, but you must not give in. I pray that you will not backslide in Jesus’ Name. It is now your duty to keep on renewing your mind to keep the cravings of your body under the control of your spirit. You need to keep reminding your mind and body that your flesh has been crucified. Apostle Paul writing in Galatians 5:24 said:
“And they that are Christ's have crucified the ﬂesh with the affections and lusts.”
There are certain things that the body loves to do and it is eager to do them all the time. Many will claim that they are already crucified with Christ, but their stomach is still their lord. For instance, if a fasting period of seven days is declared, many people will be very sad. Why will they be sad? It is because almost immediately, their stomachs will start rumbling in agitation: “What are you trying to do? Do you want to starve me and deny me food?” That is the flesh grumbling and crying out. What you must do at that moment is to silence the ﬂesh, declaring by faith that it has been crucified, thus bringing it under and subjecting it to the dictates of the Spirit.
Decide as from today, which day(s) of the week you will be fasting. This is on way of bringing your body under subjection of the Spirit
Thank you for the blessing of the Word. By our faith in Christ we are born in the spirit. But to walk in the spirit, we need the Holy Ghost. Oh God send the Spirit afresh for He is the life of the Church- He will make us the SUPERMEN we are called to be!ReplyDelete
God bless you and continually strenghten you in the preaching of the gospel of Christ. Also sister please take note of the Day that is written to tally with the date. Like today is wednesday the 22nd of january. Thank youReplyDelete
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