To Live Dead, We Must Live in Christ

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

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

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

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)

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    • tammy

      “‘You go near and hear all that the LORD our God may say, and “and tell us all that the LORD our God says to you, and we will hear and do it (Deuteronomy 5:27).'” “And the LORD said to me; ‘What they have spoken is good. I will raise up a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth and He shall speak to them all that I command Him (Deuteronomy 18:17-18).” “Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth (Jeremiah 1:9).”” “for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all of your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist (Luke 21:15).” “for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you (Matthew 10:20).”

      • shulamite

        Beautiful, love you Tammy!

        • tammy

          HI John,
          It may seem a little “pie in the sky-ish” but I have so often dreamed of a day when the only words spoken, even in conversation, were His. Most specifically when I think of all my own unnecessary, wasted, inappropriate, overload use of words.
          Your blog spoke to my heart but when I got to the last two paragraphs my “pie in the sky” dream wasn’t just a dream anymore. Every word – His and perfectly fitting for the subject, were the only words used.
          “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).”
          Love you too John!

          • shulamite

            A while back I would write down prayers for people just like that and give it to them, using the Word alone. I would ask the Spirit to ignite scriptures into His message. It was always fascinating to me. Now that I know the exchanged life I know that my life and words are intended to be His. Again fascinating. The inappropriate, overload is when I become the source rather than HIm. Just WOW!

            You are a treasure Tammy, thank you for you.

    • Yvonne Peters

      Very good word dear friend!

      • shulamite

        Bless you Yvonne! Thank you!

    • Helen

      It takes the Spirit to disarm the citadel of self. I had to look at self’s arsenal…my repentance, was it legal, or surrendered; trying or letting; ‘obeying’ efforts taunt or His Life in me as Solution. Solution has a path of Life for heart to follow. Can it be that I sometimes wore my depression, anger & frustration like a badge? A ‘medal’ of the war saying we are in the conflict..BUT..the General & supply has let us down. Us?! Oh, ‘self’ looks for company, to justify its idol self. The fear of death walls us into self-preservation & the sin of unbelief. I was found working to ‘be’…to hide me. Ah, but it was His Love that searched me out…Love came to slay me…to know His Resurrection Power, in all the places of my heart. “And also that He might deliver & completely set free all those who through the haunting fear of death were held in bondage throughout the whole course of their lives.” Jesus: “I am the Resurrection & the Life.” Superseding LIFE!

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