Tuesday, March 10, 2015

If I Die, I Die. (Continuing Romans 6)

Photo by Alexander Romero (Flickr)
Bee was definitely one of my favorite ladies that I cared for when I was a private caregiver. I loved her melodramatic manner.

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.

Please leave a comment (using a pseudonym, if you want) letting me know how you’re doing, or how I can pray for you.

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  1. Romans chapter 6 is so powerful and this verse in particular when you really stop to think about the fact that we (if Christ dwells in us) have died with Christ and have been raised from the dead with Him. Old things have passed away; we have been born again to a new life.

    Jesus over came sin and we though Christ have overcome sin. I remember when you gave me Romans chapter 6 to mediate on 2 or 3 years ago. This chapter certainly had a life changing affect on me. But sometimes (even though we died with Christ and were raised with Him) we do go through that painful dying process of having to resist temptation and learning to stand after we have done all we can. Sometimes (frequently) just making a sacrifice of praise in spiritual battle against the enemy is enough to be victorious. I think all these things help us to put down the flesh. But we first have to know that we did indeed die with Christ and were raised with Him. The scriptures are so powerful and Satan does not want us to know God's word. Jesus triumphed over sin and when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive (Romans 4:8).

    I am enjoying reviewing Romans chapter 6 with you Sheryl. :)

    1. Thank you for reminding me the importance of "standing" and praising God while in spiritual battle. Victory isn't always immediate, that's for sure.

      I've enjoyed going on this journey with you, Barbara! I love you lots!

  2. Hi Sheryl,

    This post makes me think of these verses from Colossians chapter 3:

    "Put On the New Self
    1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
    5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all."

    1. I love the Epistles, don't you? Filled with powerful godly instruction.
      Don't you especially love :4 "When Christ WHO IS YOUR LIFE appears, then you will also appear with him in glory."

      Thank you for dropping by, Cheryl. I hope you will do it often. I also enjoy visiting with you on Barbara's Facebook page, "Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs."
      Have a blessed day!


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