Dead and Risen with Christ
1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
When we receive Christ we are forgiven of our sins. Also if we sin after that and repent, we are again forgiven of our sins. But the nature to sin in us needs to be attended to or else we will continue this cycle of sin and repentance which will lead to us hardening our hearts and less repenting. This will further lead to our rejecting Christ and loosing our inheritance in the Lord.
The only way to overcome this sinful nature in us is by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is only when we join our selves to Christ, dying on the Cross and resurrecting with Him we will have victory over this sinful nature permanently. When we resurrect with Christ our purpose of our lives, should not be ours but Christ' purpose in our lives.
This dying and resurrecting has to be in the mind and spirit. This will automatically bring the flesh into control.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, when You died on the Cross You died for me and when You resurrected You bought victory over death unto me. Bring me to realization of this death and resurrection I had in You so that, like You I too may have victory over sin and overcome my sinful nature. I ask this in your mighty Name, Amen.
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