100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 23
You Are Alive to God
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.”