DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
(Lent Day 31 🛐)
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
THEME: WE DIED WITH HIM
WORDS OF HOPE:
We are dead, we have been crucified with Him, and our death and our crucifixion with Him are facts, yet the Word of God goes on to charge us to “reckon [ourselves] to be dead to sin” (Rom. 6:11). Reckoning is an act of faith. We do not consider ourselves dead, because we cannot consider ourselves dead. We may try to consider ourselves dead day and night, but how can one actually consider himself dead? The more we consider in this way, the more we will realize that we are alive and that we are capable of and even prone to sinning. The only way is for us to “reckon” ourselves dead in Christ. Christ’s death is our death. If we have this faith, we will have the experience of dying with the Lord. Our brother Paul is a good pattern of a person who had the experience of dying with the Lord. He said, “The cross…through whom the world has been crucified to me and I to the world” (Gal. 6:14). He also said, “To know…the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Phil. 3:10). Again, he said, “I am crucified with Christ” (Gal. 2:20). If a believer is to have the experience of dying with the Lord, he cannot do so by his own methods. He must take God’s way, the way of fact, faith, and experience. It is a fact that the believers have been crucified with Christ on the cross. Do you believe this fact? Are you willing to accept this fact and to reckon yourselves dead? If you believe, you will have the same experience of dying with the Lord that Paul had.
• Pray to experience the power of the fellowship of the Lord.
• Pray for empowerment to crucify all self to the cross.
Lord let your will be done. Amen 🙏🏽