November 4 (Romans 6:4)
We were buried therefore
with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised
from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Guess what? You don’t have to be afraid anymore. 2 Timothy 1:7 says we have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-control, not one of fear. You don’t have to wonder if anyone loves you, or sit around convinced that no one does, because God has made it quite clear that He loves you. Want proof? Read Romans 5:8. You don’t have to sin or remain stuck in darkness or run around in circles of confusion. You really, truly don’t.
And yet so many of us do. In one way or another, we are not walking in newness of life. We sense that something is off, that something is just not right. Let’s be honest. No prisoner, having been pardoned from jail, will try to sneak back into his cell. It is highly unlikely that you want to live in pain and suffering, apart from the renewed life that is your birthright as a baptized child of God. It is, however, more than likely that God’s great enemy and ours, Satan, will try everything to lead you back into bondage.
God knows this and is at your side the moment you call. In fact, in both the Old Testament (Joel 2:32) and the New Testament (Romans 10:13), He gives a powerful promise that everyone who calls on His name will be saved. So, what are you waiting for? You are a born-again child of God. Why resort to old ways, why give in to habits you hope will make you feel better but never do, why be led astray by the lies of demons? Cry out to your Father in heaven for help. Weep and wail with Him. Read the Bible verses that you know contain truth. Walk in the newness of life that is yours.
Lord, may the Holy Spirit bring to my mind the lies that I have been accepting from the enemy as true. As Paul taught in 2 Corinthians 10:5, I bring those thoughts captive to You. Free me from their bondage that I may walk in the newness of life that is already mine in Christ Jesus. In His name I pray, amen.
Copyright © 2018 by Steven R. Perkins