Scriptural Readings: Galatians 2:20; Romans 8:9-10;31
Living nowadays is a nerve wracking thing if not for a lot of us maybe for some and anxiety is a normal thing for humans to have. It might sound strange but I believe there is way we can handle this.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
I am crucified with Christ:
We could be having the same difficulties with or with out God in our lives but the difference and having the advantage as Christians is that this time God has given us strength and the right reasons for living. To be crucified with Christ is giving up everything! Everything I know, everything I own and everything that I desire. Yes, everything!! Let us go on…
…nevertheless I live;
The whole 24/7, 365 a year is done filled with the sweat of our brows, fun filled moments and because of our stubbornness, unwanted situations. We have this notion that we have to strive to be like Christ. I do not think that this idea will work and go any further. Yes, we are to live with our volition, have logic and practice our common sense…
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
but most importantly and thing that really matters is that our lives should be ran, subdued and should be totally under the control by Jesus Christ. We will continue to have hatred, anxiety name it that will make our lives miserable if we will not let Christ live inside not in side of us. There is a big difference. A life that is given to Him under his own rule and a life like ours living the way we want to do. This is the life that we have to live with. It has become inevitable for us Christians to live in the Spirit by letting Jesus conquer our lives and to live our lives the way the Spirit tells us because living in the Spirit is doing God’s will.
…and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
We are not going to live with our dreams anymore but what the Spirit will tell and lead us to. We should not go for the odds thinking that the rule of probability will catapult us to success and have less anxieties. This is totally wrong! This is living and following ourselves outside of what Jesus Christ wants and His will for us. This is the exact opposite of the being crucified with Christ. This idea is ourselves rule. This is not I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
v.9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
To live in a world filled with uncertainties and a life in the Spirit are the lives that we have to live with and the only thing that separates these two is Jesus living inside us and the power of the Holy Spirit and not having our own way of living to please Him.
This is why I believe in His promise that He will not leave us nor forsake us, because He is inside of us. God has seen not us but His son inside of us. This is now the reason that we should be happy and we have to live with it.
v. 10 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.
And if Christ [be] in you,
Once again the passage tells us that Christ is inside us and this means that we have to let Him have and run our lives. This is the start of having a life of victory and success because our desires is not coming from us anymore but coming form Jesus Christ Himself. It has become His will and not ours.
the body [is] dead because of sin;
This is so because our sinful nature in our mortal body had been surrendered to Jesus. We have been crucified with Him making it dead in effect and what is left is God’s will.
the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.
It is now clear with no doubt that this Spirit inside us made us righteous letting us live our lives the way God wanted us to have. The Holy Spirit being in command has led us to His righteousness.
v.31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
What shall we then say to these things?
We have the power of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Sanctification is in full effect inside of us! God is now in control of us. Now we can go through with this life with full confidence with no worries trusting and having Jesus the son of the living God living inside of us.
If God be for us, who can be against us?
NONE! No one, not even one! Alleluia!