Walking In Newness of Life
Most of us struggle with a sin area that seems nearly impossible to resist. The devil is mean like that. He cackles when we walk into his snare, believing there’s no way we can experience the victory Christ provided.
But Satan’s delight turns to horror when he sees us walking in the power that is provided to us through Christ’s resurrection:
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. (Romans 6:4 ESV)
What recurring sin or bad habit do you consistently give into? What behavior is holding you down with shame, leaving you to wonder whether you’ll ever prevail over it? Perhaps you’ve reached the point that you dare not speak with God about it anymore. But you desperately need His forgiveness. You desperately want His help to overcome it.
What if we chose to turn Satan’s delight to horror on a regular basis? Rather than spending less time with Christ because we’re so ashamed, how powerful it would be if we spent more time, going deeper with Him and His Word. A closer relationship with our Savior will help us become more sensitive to His Spirit so that we’re able to choose to die to sinful behavior, including those behaviors we tend to justify.
With this in mind, what sins are we going to die to so that we can become the person we pray to be?
Imagine how differently we would live our lives if we actually viewed ourselves as being buried with Christ in baptism (being dead to our old ways). During this Easter Season, picture yourself walking in newness of life—living a life that triumphs over sin and shame.
Risen Savior, remind me to never avoid speaking with You, especially when I need You the most. Don’t let me forget how much I need Your grace when I’m tempted—or when I’m filled with shame because I’ve yielded to the temptation. Help me, Lord, to share Your fierce hatred for sin and anything that steals my heart from You. Then, let me witness Your tremendous love, mercy and compassion, and experience Your life-changing resurrection power every day. Amen.
What about you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this post. (Others might also benefit from your comment.)
- In what ways have you experienced newness of life in Christ?
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This is so true. Christ came to set the captives free. We are no longer slaves to sin. Those scriptures need to come alive in us through meditating on his word.
Amen! Amen!! (Thank you, Barbara. AND Happy early Easter.)
Thank you so much for sharing my devotion on your Facebook page, Barbara.
<3 Sheryl, thank you for sharing this very insightful message! Satan's tactics have not changed since that day in the garden with Eve. As we reflect upon your words: "But Satan’s delight turns to horror when he sees us walking in the power that is provided to us through Christ’s resurrection" and point us to "walking in newness of life—living a life that triumphs over sin and shame." I am joyfully coming alongside you in your ending words of prayer. Amen! <3 I am both honored and blessed to share your message on my Timeline. <3
Thank you, Joyce! Thank you for your comment — and for coming alongside me in praying!
I also want to thank you so much for sharing my devotion on your Facebook page, Joyce. Happy Easter!
This goes right along with the Sunday school message I heard yesterday on the baptism of Jesus and what that meant for His followers. It is a great message to expand upon Easter, to apply the good healing balm of the fullness of what Christ paid for with His blood.
Hello, Janice. It’s nice to see you again at Today Can Be Different.
Great comment. We’ll probably never understand ALL of what Christ did for us at Calvary!
Thank you for stopping by. Please do so often.
Jesus is the answer. I had an answer to prayer last year when I continually prayed for Jesus to help me keep my bickering mouth shut. I wanted to live in peace with my unsaved husband who could be quite annoying. Well, miraculous, Jesus not only made it possible but my husband is now so loving and not at all annoying. It’s been more than a year and I live in harmony.
So,I repeat that Jesus is the answer
Wow!! LOVE your comment, Sandra — on ALL levels.