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The Bible says you can be dead and alive at the same time. Not only that, it says that in order to live successfully, you must be in this condition. Read it for yourself, in Romans 6:10, 11. "For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus" (NASB).

We Need to Die

A Christian is to consider himself or herself dead. Dead people don’t sin. So we need to die. Die to sin. When we die to sin, we’ll also die to self. Self is the thing that destroys our peace of mind, and leads us into sin.

Charles Spurgeon said, "We carry our worst enemy within us!" Public Enemy Number One, as far as I am concerned, is myself. I am my own worst enemy. After all, who is it I must check with anytime a friend or family member asks for my time or help? With myself, naturally. To see if self is comfortable. And it usually isn’t. It’s either too early or too late. Too cold or too hot. Too wet or too dry. Or too far. Or too difficult. Or too costly.

No wonder the battle against self has been called the greatest battle ever fought. As long as self is alive, we’re always ready, on a moment’s notice, to defend it against insult, or injury, or inconvenience. But when self is dead, these things won’t bother us. You can’t insult or offend a dead person. Whoever has attended a funeral where the dead person became offended by something that was said about him or her? Did you ever hear a corpse complain about why the family members never came around to visit or to bring flowers? This is why we need to be dead. Dead to sin.

Dead Man Walking--R rated

But it isn’t enough merely to be dead to sin, to avoid bad habits or a mean temper. After all, the people in the cemetery don’t do any of these things, either. You must be alive to Christ. "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Galations 2:20,NKJV).

Your response to God determines whether you are rated "R" for righteous by God. Romans 4:3 states, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness" (NKJV). Our part is to believe God. God’s part is to give us a new life in Christ, and cover us with Christ’s righteousness. We can no more do this for ourselves than we could raise ourselves to life after death. We have no life in ourselves, neither physically nor spiritually. Christ is our life. All we can possibly do toward our salvation is to choose to die to self, and choose to live for Christ. Then Christ will live out His life in us each day. So why not die, and start living today?

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By Bob DuBose. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE® and NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

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