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One of my favorite verses in the Bible is from the second chapter of Galatians, verse 20:

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

The Passion translation renders the same verse this way:

My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with Him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me - we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that He gave Himself for me and dispenses His life into mine.

I long to really and truly LIVE what that verse says. Don't you, too? I'm sure you do. Somehow along the way, we get distracted or sidetracked with tests and trials of one sort or another and, losing our focus, we tend to get more absorbed in our failures than in the Lord Who has redeemed us.

Some of the Lord's people have more faith in the fact that they inherited Adam's sinful nature than the truth that they died with Christ on Calvary, were buried with Him and raised to newness of life through His resurrection.

The life we receive from Christ is a life that was crucified to sin and then raised free of sin and its power. When I declare Galatians 2:20 over my self, I am testifying that I am living from a life not my own but from His crucified and risen life.

As daily life goes on, we may find ourselves repenting over this sin or that sin and that's good because it's always good to repent. However that is not enough. We need to learn to turn away - repent - from our old nature, our self-will, our self-exaltation and self-sufficiency in order for the life of Christ in us to fully express itself. For, after all, every sin fundamentally arises from that very self-will.

Now here's the power of the Blood of Jesus:

-our self will crucified on Calvary

-fear of man crucified on Calvary

-pride & ego crucified on Calvary

-stubborness crucified on Calvary

-gluttony crucified on Calvary

-love of the world crucified on Calvary

-love of comfort crucified on Calvary

-worry,anxiety crucified on Calvary

-hypocrisy crucified on Calvary

-unforgiveness crucified on Calvary

You get the point. We could continue adding every sinful thought, word or deed done by man to that list. Jesus paid FULL PRICE for you!

That is why the apostle Peter wrote in his first letter: As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance [in your old life] but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior because it is written 'You shall be holy as I am holy.'

Let me paraphrase it this way: Refuse to go back to the attitudes and behaviors of an unsaved person. Instead focus all your attention on the One who called you to Himself and birthed you into a new way of living; He has taken up residence in you in order to live through you.

On Calvary, Jesus rescued us not only from eternal damnation and from the dominion of Satan over us. He also rescued us from ourselves!

Never underestimate the gift you have received - salvation through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ, His indwelling presence to be with you always, the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to assist you in walking a holy life and a glorious future in His presence forever.

Ask the Lord to give you a fresh and deep revelation of His personal love for you.

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