On the day we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord, Master and Redeemer, we needed to die from our old self and accepted our new life thru Him.
But in reality, to live successfully in Christ means to die every single day, hour and even every second of our every day life.
It is true that the blood of Jesus our Lord covers us but the enemy is so wise that he will always resurrect our old self in any given opportune time. The prideful self, the greedy self, the “what do you think about me” self, all our old ways will always be tried to be resurrected. If we fail to notice and take charge, we find ourselves prideful, trying to get even, selfish and hurt.
In my 16 years as a follower if Christ, I must admit, I am still failing to take notice when my old self gets resurrected. I just realize he is alive when hurting situations happens and my reaction was not of the dead to self-alive in Christ being but the “me, myself and I” Kiko Javier i have long known. I easily demand my worth (which I no longer have),
On this situations I notice I demand justice (which only God can), I demand equality (which I already have).
In short, we feel pain and frustration when we are wearing our old self mask rather than the new image God has given us.
My realization in this is to continue seeking God and asking Him to help me die to self on a per second basis. I know I can do this thru Him. This is His Kingdom anyway and I am just an empowered citizen.
So if you are starting to feel “its unfair-what about me?” syndrome… It can be a good indication that we are back on our old self again. The life that our Lord Jesus gave is already complete and excellent, we should never in any way feel anything “unfair” in this temporary shelter.
The grace of God is already enough and sufficient. As a matter of fact, overflowing in nature.
Lets continue to remind one another, fellow citizens of the Kingdom of God, when we sense or feel any hint that we are wearing the old, stinky jacket again.
My prayer today is “Lord….help us to die again…and everyday…every hour, every second of our breathing life until you come back. We need to so we could continue to bring glory to your name and make more disciples for your kingdom. In Jesus name!
Please share so more followers will be reminded…thanks!
I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
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