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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"Alive Unto God"

Alive Unto God
"For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:10, 11

 

 


Being a Christian is a matter of life or death.  When we came to Christ as sinners under the sentence of death, we were quickened (made alive) unto God.  The Spirit of God identifies me with His death, burial, and resurrection, as pictured in baptism.  That means that the old life is buried!  We can reckon the sin nature dead and buried!  Now, understand that "reckon" means to account or number.  This word deals with fact not supposition.  In other words, if I reckon my bank book has $25 in it, then I have $25.  If I don't reckon my bank book, then I am deceiving myself and I am living on "suppose" and not fact.  So if I reckon myself dead to sin and alive unto God by Jesus Christ, then I am living in fact.  I need to behave according to my account!

Being a Christian is also a matter of bondage or freedom.  I either am a servant to my own members, or I am a servant of God.  The word is "yielded."  You are either your own master (and a slave to sin), or you are servants to God (and servants to righteousness).  Yield yourself to the Lord, and you will discover that He is the most wonderful Master, and that He pays an eternal "salary."

Being a Christian is a matter of rewards or wages.  "The wages of sin is death."  We read this verse in our witness to the lost, and we should, but it was written to believers.  God forgives sin, but He may not stop the painful consequences of sin.  The wages of sin pays in the saint and sinner alike.  Keep in mind that the pleasures of sin are never  compensated for the wages of sin.  Sinning is never worth it!

Let me give a brief illustration to tie this all together.  London businessman Lindsay Clegg told the story of a warehouse property he was selling.  The building had been empty for months and needed repairs.  Vandals had damaged the doors, smashed the windows, and strewn trash around the interior.  As he showed a prospective buyer the property, Clegg took pains to say that he would replace the broken windows, bring in a crew to correct any structural damage, and clean out the garbage.  "Forget about the repairs," the buyer said. "When I buy this place, I'm going to build something completely different. I don't want the building; I want the site."

Let God have "the site" and He will put a wrecking ball through the old man, give you freedom from the old life, and reward you with a new building altogether!

Study verses:  Romans 6; Colossians 3:1-3; John 11:44



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Previous devotions

"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013
"The Gift of a Life" - December 26, 2012
"Is Yours a Heisman Christmas?" - December 12, 2012

"Rest Unto Your Souls" - December 5, 2012
"Enthusiastic" - November 28, 2012
"Consider the Poor" - November 21, 2012
"A Presidential Prayer" - November 14, 2012
"Hope" - November 7, 2012
"Fear Not" - October 31, 2012
"A Great Awakening" - October 24, 2012
"The Fabulous Fabulist" - October 17, 2012
"Rest" - October 10, 2012

"Time Out" - October 3, 2012
"The Right Call" - September 26, 2012

"The Ability Which God Giveth" - September 19, 2012
"The Presence of God" - September 12, 2012
"Why God Delays" - September 5, 2012
"As the Whirlwind Passeth" - August 29, 2012
"In HIS Time" - August 22, 2012
"Happy Are Ye" - August 15, 2012
"By the Word of God" - August 8, 2012
"Well Done" - August 1, 2012
"Bearing His Death" - July 25, 2012
"Down By The Riverside" - July 11, 2012

"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012
"The Pause That Refreshes" - June 6, 2012

"The Sin of Idleness" - May 30, 2012
"Remembered" - May 23, 2012

"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011


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Words of Truth - April 3, 2013