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Sep 27

Lord, I give my computer and the work I do on it to you. I thank you for helping me get internet back on it yesterday after hours of troubleshooting, and I pray that you help me fix the last couple problems it is having. Father, I also thank you for your mercy in helping my husband to get his work truck fixed yesterday, and I thank you for providing just enough money to do so. Father, I would still like to pay back the money we borrowed from people in the spring, and I ask you to make a way for us to do that. Guide us in what to do with the little bits of money that we do get, and help us be faithful to do what YOU would have us do, Lord. Amen!

Romans 6:1-6 ERV

So do you think we should continue sinning so that God will give us more and more grace?
Of course not! Our old sinful life ended. It’s dead. So how can we continue living in sin?
Did you forget that all of us became part of Christ Jesus when we were baptized? In our baptism we shared in his death.
So when we were baptized, we were buried with Christ and took part in his death. And just as Christ was raised from death by the wonderful power of the Father, so we can now live a new life.
Christ died, and we have been joined with him by dying too. So we will also be joined with him by rising from death as he did.
We know that our old life was put to death on the cross with Christ. This happened so that our sinful selves would have no power over us. Then we would not be slaves to sin.

I’m not sure why, but this morning I really feel joy at the thought of being buried with Christ, when I could not before. Perhaps it is because I have been rereading “Hinds Feet on High Places” by Hannah Hurnard — on my phone! — lately. Or perhaps it is just growth. But either way, I can feel the FREEDOM of serving the Shepherd, following Him even through the dark valleys and dismal plains. And I definitely am rejoicing lately at the growing freedom from the sinful self. I may have a long, long way to go, but in the 44 years I have lived upon this earth, I have known the Shepherd for 41 of those, and in those four decades plus, my flesh has been irrevocably branded with these words: God is Faithful! 😀


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