Colossians 3:3 A New Life After Death

 

A New Life

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3

Death is something that most people do not like to talk about. They do not want to think about the fact that some day they must die. Many fear what happens after death.

For the majority of people, death is the end of the line, things are over. When a person is dead, there is nothing more that can be done. It usually brings about sadness and depression, missing the one who has died.

With the exception of a few, most people cling to life. They want to live and keep going for a long time, despite the problems in this life. Yet, there is a death that God wants every person to go through.

God wants people to die to self, sin and this temporary sinful world. Sin had brought death into this world, and it is death that can cast death and sin out of this world.

Removal of sin required a death, which is what Jesus did. Jesus died on the cross to remove sin and death from the lives of all people. He did the work of dying, now every believer needs to follow Jesus in His death. They must also die to sin and self.

Paul said that the believer has died and that his life is now found in Jesus. This death is not the physical death that the world knows of, but death to self and sin. It is getting rid of sinful habits. It is dying to the old way of living in sin.

When a believer has died and is now living in Jesus, he no longer is concerned with the things of this world. He is not concerned with what people think about his beliefs. He is now only concerned with what God wants. It is God who is now moving in him and giving him life.

Allow yourself to die to the old self and sin. Allow Jesus to live in and through you. As a dead person, allow God to move you in what needs to be done and how to do it.

Now that you have died, the world and sin no longer has any control over you. You are a new person found in Jesus. It is Christ who is living in and through you.

You have a new life, live the life God has for you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow yourself to die to sin; that you will allow Jesus to live through you; and that you will allow God to control every part of your life.

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Romans 6:6-7 Dead To Sin

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For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin–because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Romans 6:6-7

Paul had just finished talking about not sinning any more. He talked about how Jesus died to take away all sin. Now he tells believers that they are no longer a slave to sin.

One thing that every person must deal with in this life is sin. Sin has a grip on every person that cannot be individually overcome. Sin is a part of this life for every person. Each person is enslaved to sin, to the point that they cannot help but sin. 

However, when a person dies, that changes.

When a person is dead, he is free from the things of this earth. Every concern that a person had when living is no longer a concern. There are no more bills to pay, no more sickness to deal with, no more enemies, no more getting up early for work, no more vehicle breakdowns or anything else in this life. There is also no longer the ability to sin. The person is dead. It is over.

In Christ Jesus, each person who believes in Him, dies. Their character is crucified and dies. With that the old things of this life die with him. The need to sin also dies in the crucifixion.

Once a person dies with Jesus, he is raised again to a new life. That life is no longer bound by sin. There is no longer a reason to sin. All a person has to do is focus on living for God, and the power of sin will go away. Living for God will destroy the need to sin.

Every morning you get up, you must realize that you are rising to a new life in Jesus Christ. Live for God with everything in you. Focus on Him and Him alone. As you do that, the need to sin will go away. You will no longer have the time to sin, because all of your time will be spent on living for God.

You are free from sin. Now all you have to do is live like you are free from all sin. Stay dead to sin, don’t go back into it.

I pray today that you will know the life Jesus has for you; that you will focus on living for God; that you will know the freedom from sin that Jesus provides; and that you be ruled by God alone. 

Acts 21:13 What Are You Willing To Go Through?

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Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 21:13

Paul had been in Caesarea for a time and was ready to leave and go to Jerusalem. Several people warned him that he would be bound up there. Paul said that he was ready to not only be bound, but also die in Jerusalem if needed.

Very few people are really willing to do something, knowing that they will most likely go to jail for it, unless they are a hardened criminal. They do not want to go to jail for doing something good, and usually will avoid it at all costs.

This is not to say how much more they will avoid it, if it may cost their life. Even fewer people want to die for doing something good.

Although most people do not want to go to jail for something good, there are many believers who state that they would be willing to go to jail for Jesus. They state that they are not afraid of anything.

Yet, a lot of those very same people do not go out and be a true witness for Jesus every day. They close their eyes and ears to those in real need. They do not put themselves on the line for getting the gospel message out to people. When they are in line at the checkout counter, they are staring at their phones, rather than talking to the next person about Jesus. Or they are in too much of a hurry to give a helping hand of love to someone in need. They worry about their job position to tell someone about Jesus at their workplace.

If people are not willing to be hated a little, or risk their job, or be a little late in order to tell someone about Jesus, they will not be willing to go to jail or die for Jesus when the time comes.

Take a look at your life and see how much you are willing to do in order to get the message of Jesus to the people around you. How often do you take advantage of every situation to tell someone about Jesus?

Do you bypass opportunities out of fear? Or do you grab them?

How much are you willing to do to tell others about Jesus?

I pray today that God will give you boldness to tell others about Jesus; that you will not fear what may happen as you talk about Jesus; and that many will know Jesus because of you.

John 12:24 Lose To Gain

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“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” John 12:24

The time for Jesus to go to the cross is getting closer. He is now telling the disciples that He is ready for death. Jesus uses the illustration of a kernel of wheat to say that it must fall and die before it can produce any more wheat.

Regardless of what plant it is, the seed must fall off of the plant and die before it can produce any more seeds. It may be good to have the seed on the tree for a time, but after a while it must die. If it does not die, the plant will not be able to produce any more. If it does not produce any more, then it is extremely limited in how much produce is made.

Jesus knew that in His death, He would be able to reach a lot more people than just the few He could physically reach, walking around and talking.

The world looks at death and dying as failing or stopping. They only see one type of death. Yet, for God, there are three types of death. There is the physical death with the body, the eternal death of separation of God, and death to self.

Jesus did not come to this world for Himself, but for every person. He set the example of dying to self to save the world.

Every believer must choose to die to self. He must put away selfish desires and focus on God and others. Once this occurs, it opens the door to loving others more and reaching more for Christ.

God sees death to self as a person giving Himself to God. It is allowing God to use the person to reach the world.

As a believer you must be willing to die to yourself, just as Jesus died on the cross. Put God and others first in your life as you live your life on this earth. Do what it takes to reach others.

You must lose your personal desires to put God’s desires first in your life. When this happens, God can use you to reach the world. Lose your life and you will produce more fruit. Lose today and gain much more in the end.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will lose your desires to gain God’s desires; that God will use you to reach the lost; and that God will produce much fruit in your life.

John 11:43 Jesus Says “Come Out!”

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When he had said this, Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” John 11:43

Lazarus had been sick and died. Jesus went to his home and everyone wondered why He had not been there sooner to heal Lazarus. Lazarus had been dead and buried for four days. Jesus went to the tomb, had the stone rolled away and then called out loud for Lazarus to come out of the tomb. Lazarus did arise and come out.

When people are in a dangerous situation or area, others will tell them to get out or some may call for them to come out of the danger. Most people do not want to see another person in danger. In the case of a house being on fire, everyone calls out for anyone who is inside to come on out as quickly as possible.

During times when there is a hurricane threatening a city, people are told to come out of the city and find shelter somewhere safe. The place that they are in is a place of death or will become a place of death.

Although physical death is a danger, there is a greater death that surrounds many people and most do not even realize it. It is a spiritual death. The majority of the people in the world are in a spiritual grave of death and sin. They are trapped behind a large stone that they themselves cannot remove.

Jesus had the stone removed by His death upon the cross. He now stands outside the tomb of death calling to everyone to come out. They are to come out of a tomb of sin and rebellion. They are to come out of the bondages of the tomb caused by sin. God is calling people to step out of a lifestyle of sin and rejection of Jesus, into an eternal, filled life.

You may be one who has never stepped out of the tomb of death. You may also be one who has went back into the tomb of death and sin.

If you have never stepped out of the tomb into life or you went back in, you must step out to what Jesus has for you. Get up as Lazarus had done and walk out of sin to Jesus. He offers forgiveness and life. 

Do not stay in the tomb of death, but come out!

I pray today that you will know the life Jesus provides; that God will help you step out of a life of sin; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; and that you will live for God.