“Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.”
This is something we should all remember before we start our day. When we believe this and let it happen we are confident in our walk and we are happy to do the things God puts on our hearts; such as giving, serving, inviting, loving and any other things that show that we are like Jesus. In 1 John chapter 4 verse 4 it says, “But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” We can never forget this as we live each day with purpose loving the Lord, loving people, and that should lead us to serve the world.
We are new creations and we have the tools to say no to our flesh and yes to the wisdom we get from the Lord. Look at what it says in Proverbs chapter 4 verses 5-7, “Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.” When we purposely develop our walk by seeking Him we grow but it is best when we ask and knock as well because it will complete the things we need to understand. Jesus says in Matthew chapter 7 verse 8 “For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Our new lives should be filled with the fruit of the Spirit so we start to live them out and no one can argue with what we believe. I want to end with some scriptures which shows the development of our lives and something we should examine in our lives often. 2 Peter 1:3-8 NLT “By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence. And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." This is why it is important for us to continue to grow and not stay stuck doing the same thing every year. Amen