Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Choose Life and Blessings!

by Donna L. Watkins

"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin." -- Romans 6:6-7

Jesus Loves YOU!
How we see ourselves is crucial to what kind of life we will live. God has already provided us great and precious promises. "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" (2 Peter 1:4).

Through Christ we are literally dead to sin in our new born-again spirits. Our sin nature is dead and gone, but it left behind a body and that body has a carnal mind. The word carnal simply means "pertaining to the flesh or the body, its passions and appetites." When we think and act as our flesh dictates rather than what the Word says about us, then we are being carnal.

Our minds will still function according to the way we thought prior to our salvation experience, unless we renew our minds. That's why feeding in the Word is so important. We need to be in God's Word and know it, so we can make right choices to think and act godly.

Many Christians say they don't hear God's voice and they have no idea what purpose God placed in them as they were being formed in their mother's womb. When is the last time you asked the question, "Lord, what is my destiny?" Too often Christians get wrapped up in good works that seem to fit their personality and natural talents, but good is not always God.

When all is said and done and we arrive at the throne, will we have accomplished what God put in us to do? If you don't know for sure, that's something to think about.

Romans 12:2 says, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

Step 1 - Do not choose the way the world chooses.
Step 2 - Be transformed by renewing your mind.
Step 3 - THEN you will prove what the perfect will of God is for you.

Do you see we have to get off the beaten path and back into the Word and relationship with God so that we know what a renewed mind thinks on.

Victory as a Christian is as simple as renewing our minds to who we are and what we have already received in Christ. We are the way we think. [Read: Our Thinking Can Change Our DNA]. If we think we're just a sinner saved by grace, then we'll see ourselves constantly struggling with sin. When we see the change that took place with Christ's provision for us on the Cross and understand our identity in Him, we will not dwell in sin any longer (2 Cor. 3:18 and 1 John 3:2).

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The way we see ourselves becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. That's why we need to be in the Word daily, so we can begin to comprehend the breadth, and length, and depth, and height of Christ's love for us so we might be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 18:19).

When we walk in the fullness of God, sin will not be a problem for us. We will place more value in God's Word than in what the world says about us and our renewed mind will bring freedom as we walk in His love. It's real! But we have to walk by the spirit and not the flesh.

"The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace." -- Romans 8:6

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants [consider thoughts and DNA]" -- Deuteronomy 30:19-20


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Our Thinking Can Change Our DNA

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