NEW LIFE IN JESUS 1

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
BY PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE
Wednesday, 22nd January, 2014
NEW LIFE IN JESUS I
Memorise:
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he
is a new creature: old things are
passed away; behold, all things are
become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17
BIBLE IN A YEAR: 1 Timothy 1-6;
Psalm 21
Read:
Galatians 2:20
20 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.
Message
No doubt, there are lot of things that
Apostle Paul wrote which are hard to
fathom. How can somebody be
crucified and yet be alive? A crucified
fellow is bound to die; but in
Galatians 2:20, Paul says
“I am crucified with Christ,
nevertheless I live”.
What he is saying here is that ‘the
man that I used to be is dead: the
fornicator is dead; the liar is dead;
that man who used to be angry is
dead; that man who used to defraud
is dead; the man with the unforgiving
spirit is dead; thank God, that man
on the way to hell is dead; now I am
going to heaven; I am a brand new
creature’.
What message is Apostle Paul trying
to convey when he says: “I am
crucified”? What really does he mean
when he says: “Christ is living in
me”? When we become born-again,
the Bible says we become brand new
creatures in Jesus Christ. Quite a lot
of things change when we become
born-again; all of them are inward
things which later reflect on the
outside. Assuming you attend a
church service and you become born-
again during the service, if you came
in as a black fellow, you would still
leave as a black fellow. After
salvation, the colour of your skin
does not change and you don’t grow
taller or shorter. However, inwardly,
certain things have changed. Your
spirit now is in communion with God.
Your spirit man that was dead before
is now alive; but you are still living in
the same body. The devil will try as
much as possible to use that body to
drag you back to his ways, but you
must not give in. I pray that you will
not backslide in Jesus’ Name. It is
now your duty to keep on renewing
your mind to keep the cravings of
your body under the control of your
spirit. You need to keep reminding
your mind and body that your flesh
has been crucified. Apostle Paul
writing in Galatians 5:24 said:
“And they that are Christ’s have
crucified the flesh with the affections
and lusts.”
There are certain things that the
body loves to do and it is eager to do
them all the time. Many will claim
that they are already crucified with
Christ, but their stomach is still their
lord. For instance, if a fasting period
of seven days is declared, many
people will be very sad. Why will
they be sad? It is because almost
immediately, their stomachs will start
rumbling in agitation: “What are you
trying to do? Do you want to starve
me and deny me food?” That is the
flesh grumbling and crying out. What
you must do at that moment is to
silence the flesh, declaring by faith
that it has been crucified, thus
bringing it under and subjecting it to
the dictates of the Spirit.
Action Point:
Decide as from today, which day(s)
of the week you will be fasting. This
is one way of bringing your body
under subjection to the Spirit.

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One thought on “NEW LIFE IN JESUS 1

  1. Yes for life in Christ with the living wells of living waters today to drink around the world in bless and in ecourage with care of the Father in heaven to joy and be thankful ,thanks and bless and pray,keijo sweden

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