I am a Spirit Being Alive to God | Day 22 July 23 2015, 0 Comments

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This is Day 22 of 48 of the #TruthAboutWhoYouAre series. Thank you so much for joining in on this journey with me. I hope you are inspired over this 7 week series.

It's Kristen Stansell and I will be sharing my thoughts on today's scripture. I'm married, involved in an amazing church, and am the person behind Crafted By. Thank you for being a part of this journey. Photo credit: Rochelle VanSickle

I am a spirit being alive to God - Romans 6:11 and 1 Thessalonians 5:23

Before I share a couple thoughts, I want you to read this passage of scripture from The Message Bible. Let these words sink deep into your heart: 

Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did. Romans 6:11-14

There was a time where just like this scripture, I was at sin's beck and call. You know how people will say, "I have her wrapped around my finger" - it's not a kind term but rather demeaning. I was that girl... and I was wrapped around the enemy's finger. The things that I "shouldn't have wanted" I wanted, I desired, and then I went after them. All of which could have nearly taken me out.

I grew up in an amazing home with Godly principles and learned so much from my church that I was practically raised in. I had a good understanding of what is right and what is wrong. As I got older, it drove me crazy that I knew what was the right choice but I literally felt like I was being pulled in the direction of what was wrong. I remember feeling like I was in a pit that I couldn't get out of on my own. I also felt like I just kept digging a rut and going in circles. Basically, I felt like I was at the bottom looking up at the rest of the world and like my life was going no where but in circles. Sin had a grip on me. 

I had just about enough of the misery one night. I had gotten myself into a mess of trouble and was so in need of a Savior. I was driving home way too late at night on my way from a bar - or somewhere I shouldn't be - I can't even remember now - and I cried out to God with everything in me begging Him to do something to change the course of my life. I surrendered my life to Him and I asked for forgiveness. I came to Him, mess and all, and from that day forward something began to shift. All the pieces didn't fall into place perfectly but within one month I was in church consistently, with brand new amazing friends, and a new direction for my life. I was no longer in a pit or a rut but instead I was moving forward in all that God was and is calling me to be. 

I think it is important to remember that we are all in need of a Savior daily, hourly, really... by the minute. Even if we have been save a gazillion years we are still susceptible to being lured astray by our own desires. Which is why it is important to remember that as believers we need to go to Christ daily and receive His mercy and grace. Know that if you have surrendered your life to Christ you are alive in Him and the power of sin has no hold on you. I would like to encourage you to read the scripture again below and just be reminded of the words.

Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did. Romans 6:11-14

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!

Much love - Kristen 

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 The scriptures used for this series came from Joyce Meyers download, “Who God Made You To Be”