In my last post I discussed Christ’s desire to face our sin with us rather than us trying to fix ourselves alone. Seems rather common a statement but so many work to overcome rather than letting the Overcomer conquer in us. This is actually just hiding our sin rather than dealing with it. And hiding actually keeps the sin alive because we’re to live dead. To live dead, we must live in Christ. When we live striving and in labor, we’re very much alive. It’s our efforts and OUR life rather than His. And being sustained by self is just more sin.
Live Dead or Live in Fear
One of the characteristics of sin is fear. In the Fear Not, No Fear audio series, Martha says that any fear is the evidence of idolatry and unbelief. So, in this scenario of fixing or hiding sins, what is the idolatry? Self. And sin.
When I hide my sin in fear, I’m in idolatry of the very sin I’m trying to repair. Yes, the sin I am trying to conquer through effort rather than Christ’s life is now my idol. Oh Jesus, have mercy on us!
I showed in another post that Christ is committed to be involved rather than excluded from our lives. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. This is when He physically walked on the earth, and now, even still, as He walks this earth through me. And His involvement isn’t as a fair-weather friend. It’s ALL of my life—the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Live Dead or Live in Satan
Satan tempts us to hide our areas of lack and sin, but it is in this area of sin that Christ, too, desires to dwell. Jesus’ Life permeates through all of our life – past, present, and future. Once we are His, He owns our past, present, and future. He’s to be our New Creation and to overcome our old nature. Preventing His access to any area of my life is assurance of my failure, even if I’m trying to overcome it.
Life is impossible if it’s managed and manhandled by us. For over the millennia man has attempted to “be” what only God can Be. The struggle has depressed, angered, and frustrated all humanity. All our endeavors to resolve the fallen nature apart from Christ’s own Life have proved an inevitable failure. We can’t rule over our old nature, we can only surrender to His New Creation. The New Creation is Christ in me. Jesus’ Life and sacrifice is the only satisfying Life to the Father.
The resolve of my besetting sin is to let Christ in. Bitterness is solved as Christ enters my bitter heart in me. Bitterness is not solved through my attempts to not be bitter. Lust is solved as Christ enters my lustful heart within me. Lust is not solved through my efforts to not be lustful. My hatred, jealousy, lying, rebellious, resistant…old nature is not overcome by working to be other than these attributes. They are annihilated through death, not exertion.
To live dead is to live in Christ
Living dead is living in Christ. This death is my only Solution. The Father has proven this to humanity throughout the ages. We can’t repair our fallen-ness. But the Good News is I don’t have to repair what He has resolved. This is not theoretical or in the future, it is now.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10). He has not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32). No one can come to Him unless the Father who sent Me draws him. And He will raise him up on the last day (John 6:44). All that the Father gives Jesus will come to Him, and whoever comes to Him He will never cast out (John 6:37).
If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness (Romans 8:10). My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So, I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20). I am ready for anything through the strength of the One who lives within me (Philippians 4:13). For living to me means simply “Christ”, and if I die I should merely gain more of Him (Philippians 1:21). For in Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28a)