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When Bee suffered any pestering symptom that possibly indicated something serious, she would let out a heavy sigh and say, “Well if I die, I die.” Bee wasn’t afraid of “being dead,” she just dreaded the dying process because she didn’t want to suffer a long, lingering death.
Since Bee’s death in November 2010, I’ve thought about how much I relate to her attitude about dying – but in a spiritual sense. When we “die” to sinful behavior, such as slandering, addictions and sexually immoral behavior, we are able to rise to a different way of living, a life that resembles Christ’s nature. (A perfect theme for these weeks before Easter!)
Romans 6:5 helps us to see this positive aspect of dying:
For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection. (NASB).
Whenever I have to give up something (a bad habit, wanting my own way, or any behavior that isn’t God-honoring), I undergo a definite (often a long drawn out) season of suffering until I finally die to that desire or behavior.
This week, as we continue memorizing and/or meditating on Romans 6, would you consider confessing to God (Who intensely loves you) a specific area you’re struggling with, and ask Him to help you to die to it? And, if it would help, consider sharing your struggle with your accountability person.
Question: What one sin or bad habit will you ask God to help you with this week?
Father, You know me much better than I know myself. You know the excuses I give myself (and the justifications I use) when I want to keep doing the things that are not pleasing to You. Show me the specific area You want me to die to this week. Then help me to nail that sin or bad habit to the cross so that I can rise to a different way of living – a way that resembles Your nature.
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