“knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin… Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:6,11)
What do you do when the knowing and the reckoning don’t produce results? You can know and know and reckon and reckon until you are brain dead. But sin is still very much alive. On the ledger books it says that I should be dead to sin, but in the practical book of life experience, I know the reverse is true. Why even Brother Paul struggled with sin!
But, and Praise God there is always His but!; (isn’t it interesting that when Moses asked to see God’s Glory, he only allowed him to see His backside? no dishonor meant, but keep that in mind next time you wonder if God has any power in your life. He does, in fact He is always ahead of you so look ahead and you will see Him in front of the problem). BUT Paul was lead to exclaim “I THANK GOD!” Paul’s eyes were open in the midst of his despair to an amazing TRUTH of God’s Way.
Our Christian walk and life must be ENTIRELY from and by God! We can not live the righteous Christian life by our own effort. The faith life is lived by resting in Divine Revelation and relying on Divine Empowering. Flesh and blood does not reveal to our hearts that Jesus is OUR Christ. Neither does our own knowing and reckoning reveal the Power of the Life of Christ within us. It doesn’t make sense to our feeble brains. It doesn’t make sense to all that our physical senses tell us. We are too controlling, too self-reliant.
Only God can open up our hearts and reveal the Power of our ONENESS with Jesus Christ. Once He does, you will be ASTOUNDED at His Power over Sin in your life. You will be amazed at the Powerlessness of sin in your life. You will desire this NEW LIFE in Christ so much that you will never be content with the self-life again. The life that you live will be by Him and through Him. You will wonder why others do not see how great the Christ Life is.
Prayer: Father, open my heart to the Power of Christ living in me. Cause me not to lean on my own understanding, but to rely entirely and utterly on Christ alone.