“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 NKJV
Dead to death
One of the truths of my salvation that amazes me, and propels me into daily worship, is the reality that I was crucified with Christ. Not only did He die for my sins, but the sin in me died. Yes, I can still sin, and I have to admit, I am quit good at it. The difference is this: sin no longer has the death grip on me. When my sins were forgiven, the Holy Spirit came to reside in me. He changed my life and transformed me. I am no longer a slave to sin.
I no longer live with the limited resources of my flesh. I have the limitless power of God to pull me through even the hardest day. I have taken to running to God as soon as I awaken in the morning. God has transformed my way of thinking, and the very notion of what I call pleasure. He has also transformed my approach to adversity. In the past, bad times were viewed as a curse, a punishment from some distant God.
Adversity is now a call to action. I must say that I am excited by these perilous times. A friend of mine that I pray for agreed that this time of turmoil is exciting because she, like me, is wondering what God is going to do. I awaken each day wondering and expectant.
I face the great unknown, walking in Christ, and confident that He is already in the future of what is to come. In Christ, I have no fear of the future. I am already dead to death, and my eternal destiny is secured. I truly no longer live, but Christ lives I me. I am free to live.
In this quarantine, I have perceived a freedom beyond what I could ever imagine. Each morning, I close off the fleshly concerns and turn my attention to the things of God. My heart is liberated from the fear of the now, and squarely focused on the eternal. Peace fills me and sustains me.
Believers, remember that you too are crucified with Christ. You too have the limitless power of Almighty God to pull you through this crisis. Think of this time as a pause. He is telling us to rejoice in the fact that God is in control. We are to pause and seek Him.
““Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.””
Psalms 46:10 NASB
Be reminded that the hard work has already been done: Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried and rose again. Take the time to rejoice in that.
Yes times are hard. Yes, people are facing economic calamity, but know this: God is still in control. Just as we are crucified with Christ, He is in the middle of this quarantine with us. I can attest to this as I am feeling His presence everyday. Even in my isolation, I know I am not alone.
I know that there is no downside for me. I am already dead to death. If this virus should take me, I will be more alive than I ever was in this tent of flesh. My God is faithful, and forgiveness for my sins assured. Jesus paid it all. I am free of fear.
Call upon the power of God today!
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