Romans 6:11 (ESV) 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Why do you suppose this is so hard to do sometimes or hard to believe?
There is nothing I have to do to make this true. Christ died for the sins of the world; yet, not everyone is living in Him. So making the decision to believe this truth does not cause God to do something He has not yet done; instead, it takes us to the place of experiencing what has been done. Somehow, Jesus became my sin… anything that causes me to miss the mark of this high calling. He took all the consequences of that life. Paul said we should just consider it so! Until we consider God’s reality to be the only reality, this is just information that exists beyond our understanding and experience. Anonymous
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Dying to self has everything to do with the surrender of my identity and all of its Associated thoughts and opinions. This doesn’t mean you’re pretending to be dead it just means the acceptance of your death in Christ, it’s a way of life. Almost a paradox, I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live. This is just something you have to experience
The Lord has his reality and it doesn’t change. We on the other hand have a perceived reality. Ours is temporary and changes with every new experience or judgment. Our sense of reality is based on the interpretation of our life experiences.
I / we have to get to a point where we can separate these out.
We can only experience God’s reality when we choose it as our own, and when we fully persuade our heart. I am finding more and more this has everything to do with persuading my heart to believe God’s reality over mine. The problem that I / we run into it’s sometimes we can’t tell the difference between our reality and God’s reality.
I think the formula is exactly what it says in Romans 11:1 of course this is my opinion.
6 Hebrews 11:1 says, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen.
The word “things” in the Greek means things that God has already accomplished
To me this has every single thing to do with his death, burial, and resurrection of Our Lord. Do you believe what happened on the cross and do you believe in all the promises of God and his name’s.?
Have a Godfindence day!