100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 23

Day 23

You Are Alive to God

“Even so, consider yourselves to be dead to sin [and your relationship to it broken], but alive to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11, AMP).

Dead to sin… alive to God. How is this possible? Because Jesus “died to sin once for all” (Romans 6:10), and was resurrected on the third day. He lives, and you also live if you profess faith in this gospel.

Do you remember the moment you came to Jesus Christ? Through repentance and asking Him to become Lord of your life, you experienced a new birth. As the Amplified Bible states, new life in Christ Jesus means unbroken fellowship with Him.

God in heaven receives you. From the moment you said, “I believe,” up until you cross the threshold and throughout eternity, and every moment in between.

Child of God, you are alive to God, and that means a new nature, not your inherent, sinful nature, rules your life. The sin nature was put to death, and the perfect nature of Christ is given to you in the form of the Holy Spirit. He actually takes up residence within you!

“You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you” (Romans 8:9-11).

I hope you are charged with hope by this passage. Jesus solved humanity’s greatest need: we were dead in our sins, and no amount of trying, no amount of striving or wishing produced righteousness. Jesus died to sin and raised to life so that you and I also die to sin and live to God.

Walk It Out     Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).

Memorize Revelation 3:20 and reflect on the offer Jesus gives to know unbroken fellowship with Him. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me.”


100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 22

Day 22

You Are Dead to Sin (Romans 6:11)

“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 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” (Romans 6:3-4).

Have you followed the example of Jesus and been baptized in water? He asked the prophet John to baptize Him to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15), and we follow suit if we intend to make a public confession of our dependency upon Jesus Christ for salvation.

There’s Power in a Public Statement of Death to Sin.

  1. Baptism in water is a physical illustration of what truly happens in your spirit.You make a public statement of no longer living for yourself, meaning you bury the life that was dominated by the sin nature. That is why baptism includes the act of being submerged beneath the waters. You enter into new life fueled by resurrection power, demonstrated by being raised up out of the water.
  2. The humility you feel in publicly expressing that you are no longer your own master is met by the unmistakable grace of God, and you no longer care what others think of you! You are welcomed into God’s love and acceptance and that is all you have ever needed! You have assurance that because you confessed Jesus Christ as Lord before others, He in turn confesses you before the Father in heaven. “Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown Him before my Father in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33).

Child of God, you are dead to sin if you have repented. Repentance means you turned from your former way of living, and now follow Jesus Christ in everything. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you have died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1-3, emphasis added).

Walk It Out    Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).

If you haven’t already, follow the Lord’s example of baptism in water. Or, if it has been awhile since you have shared your faith with another, ask God for an opportunity to witness of His goodness made known to you through Jesus Christ. Step into that opportunity (He will answer your prayer!) with resurrection power and proclaim boldly that in Jesus you have life!




the good fight

 Genesis 3:1; Psalm 119:89; 2 Corinthians 1:20; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7

100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 21

Day 21

You Are Freed From Sin (Romans 6:7)

If you are just joining the 100-Day Identity Makeover journey, I want to welcome you! This is a perfect day to get started! The next ten days bring cause for great transformation and celebration: transformation through the renewing of your mind, and celebration when you consider this new life Jesus has granted you!

When I used to participate in a women’s Bible study group, I was asked by the teaching director if I would prepare a message on one of the upcoming week’s Scripture study. The Holy Spirit had already prepared me for this invitation to teach, so I gave her my yes and began studying. Funny thing is, I was really hoping to get out of having to follow through with the daunting task of stepping into the pulpit, and since I knew that my assigned week was typically a time of snowfall in our area, I was hopeful that I wasn’t going to teach my peers at Bible study! Well, it did snow and the class was cancelled, but the teaching director called to tell me that she would push my lesson back a week. My yes still stood!

After the teaching director announced to the Bible study leadership that I would be filling in for her in one of the later classes, one of my friends shared with me that the announcement caused her to feel jealous. I was surprised that she felt the need to share her heart. Knowing her as well as I did, I was certain she had already taken the matter to the Lord, so why did she feel it necessary to also share that hidden feeling with me?

Here’s how I processed that quick exchange: My friend had something against me in her heart upon hearing of my appointment to teach. She asked the Father in heaven to help her deal with the emotion of jealously. She came clean and told me that she was jealous at first but is now happy for me.

I was jealous at first, but I’m really happy for you now.

Done. No more ill feelings. No more trying to hide how she really felt. It was confessed and it was gone.

Question: If confession is the quickest route to living free from the burden of sin, why is there so much resistance to our going to God in confession? What are we trying to preserve? Let’s consider some possibilities of why we choose not to reveal the sin that is at work within us.

  1. The sin is an enjoyable companion or it puts me in the company of those who also entertain the same sin.
  2. The sin actually gives me a feeling of control in at least one area of my life.
  3. I don’t want to ruin my reputation of having it all together.
  4. I don’t want to be punished.
  5. I am ashamed.
  6. It’s only a small area of compromise.

Justifying, hiding, fear of man, wanting control, and enjoyment of the pleasure of sin… If anything going on in your life falls into one of these categories, you are gently reminded that you are freed from sin when you confess it to God.

I remember the night I learned that I was not good enough to be welcomed into heaven when I die. When I understood that I had been born into sin and the only way to be cleansed of it is to believe upon the blood of the spotless Lamb of God, I went to the altar to pray and ask God to give me this cleansing and new life in Jesus. Even though my salvation occurred at a young age, I still remember the tremendous sense of relief that overcame me. God’s supernatural work of instantly creating a pure heart within me was a freeing experience.

Child of God, we have much more discovery ahead of us, but, in the meantime, don’t wait another second carrying around the unnecessary burden of sin. If you have already confessed your sin but keep rehearsing your record of wrong, that’s condemnation, and it has no place in the life of the believer. We’ll talk about that more in the coming days. But, it you are rehearsing thoughts of unconfessed sin, you have conviction, and it means the Holy Spirit is drawing your attention to that which keeps you separated from God. Come clean and be freed.

Walk It Out     Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Pray and ask the Lord to show you anything that is not pleasing to Him. Come into agreement with the truth found in 1 John 1:9. Write a journal entry about this Walk It Out challenge.

100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 20

Day 20

You Are Reconciled to God (Romans 5:10)

Did you know that enslavement to sin makes you an enemy of God? Yet, hope abounds!

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8).

As we have seen in recent posts from the book of Romans, Jesus’ blood cleanses sin (see Day 19), justifies the sinner (see Day 18), and reconciles the enemy of God to His favor.

I remember the season in my teen years when I faced an uncertain future. My parents became enemies, and I made the choice to go with my mom to a strange home in a different state. I must have cried myself to sleep at night because our broken family filled me with confusion and hurt. I’m not sure if the separation lasted one week or one month; the memories of our dysfunction are not pleasant; therefore, the days are not counted. My sigh of relief came. Dad, in great sorrow, asked Mom to return home.

Child of God, this is where you belong. You are reconciled to God because Jesus died for you. No more running away, no more nights of crying yourself to sleep… Come home and be reconciled to God.

Walk It Out  Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).

God’s Word states that this reconciliation through our Lord Jesus Christ grants us cause for rejoicing (See Romans 5:11). Today, write a journal entry thanking God for what He has done for you even though you did not deserve it. Recall the dysfunction of where you used to be, and specifically thank Him for reconciliation.

You Were Created For More

What if the life you know is not the fullest measure of God’s intention for you? Is it possible that there could be more to the journey?

A verse in Genesis 3 strikes me freshly: there’s life as we understand it through the natural mind, and there’s life as we understand through the supernatural presence of God. When the serpent tempted Eve to doubt the word of God, she followed through, acting in disobedience and influencing Adam to do the same. We call it the fall because they fell away from dependency upon their Creator and looked to that which was created as an alternate source of goodness for their lives. God’s compassionate heart expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden knowing that if they remained, they would eat from the tree of life and never cease to exist… in a sin-ridden state.

“… therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken” (verse 23).

… the ground from which he was taken. This grabs me. God formed Adam from the dust of the earth and breathed the Spirit into his nostrils to give him life (See Genesis 2:7). Here we understand that man doesn’t even exist apart from the supernatural presence of God. Yet, when we, like Adam, take our eyes off of our Creator and esteem more greatly something He created, we, too, limit our supernatural existence and usher in a dependency upon the natural.

If it’s the natural world from which you choose to pull your understanding of life, then in a natural state you will live.

These are heavy words. Essentially, God, through Jesus, has opened the door for all of us to live fully in the kingdom of heaven, but by our unwillingness to live by faith and by our unwillingness to seek wisdom concerning His kingdom, we will demote ourselves to an impoverished state full of natural limitations. That is not God’s best for you. He has more- so much more.


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