Belief that changes reality

20 Feb

Good morning,

For those of you who are working on the Celebration of Discipline study, you should be reading Chapter 1 of the book.  I will have a discuss of this first chapter with my church group on Sunday.  I will send an account of what was discussed.  This is all new, we will see how it works.

Many of you know I made a personal commitment to God in my life when I was 16.  It went something like,”Well, God, I really don’t think I’m worth much, but if you want me, you can have me.”  I think this way of looking at yourself is typical of teenage girls.  Yet, here is the wonder of my life.  God took me seriously and I took God seriously and it changed forever the path of my life.

Somewhere as a young adult I heard this passage from Romans, and again, I took it seriously.  I thought, “If I have already died in Christ, then I have nothing to fear in my life.”  I really believe this and it has also changed my life.  Taking the words of the Bible and having them live in your heart, and soul and mind changes reality.  I think it is part of what the resurrection of Christ mean; that by the power that raised Christ from the dead, that power can change our reality when we believe.

So, here is the scripture reading for the day.

Friday, sin the bodily members

Romans 6:5-14

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will    certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we      believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has     dominion over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13 No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

I prayer you find the beauty and power of the Divine waiting for you in this day.  Peace

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