SO, I’m beginning a new semester of teaching the SOAR Bible curriculum to a group of teen girls at my church (I can’t wait!), and I thought my blog readers ought to have bits of its encouragement as well. The following is week one, day one’s lesson in the SOAR study, Abide in the Spirit. …And, of course, if you’re looking to start a Bible study, these are all free downloadable resources at www.soarwithgod.com or can be purchased in book format through Amazon. 🙂
DEATH TO SELF
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Romans 6:6-7
Are you living more out of your old nature or the new nature? Have you drifted from your first-love, Jesus, and now you’re the one calling the shots?
Jesus clearly explains in Luke 9:23-24 how a wholly surrendered follower of Christ should live.
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.”
We are called to die to our old nature daily! Daily. Actually moment-by-moment would be even more accurate. This can only be done by fully relying on Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit in us. The cross we are to carry, I believe, is the cross of dying to ourselves.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t follow anyone very well unless I have given over all self-reliance.
Remember, we are not created new in Christ to be independent and self-sufficient. God wants us dependent on Him. We are called to be slaves to God and His righteousness. Apart from Him, you and I are incapable of anything life-giving.
Have you traded a close, vibrant relationship for your own imitation of following Him?
Living from His strength is true freedom! Regardless of your circumstances, He is sufficient to supply your every need.
Respond to God now in prayer.
Take out a notebook and title the page with the two headings, “Old Nature” and “New Nature.”
Read Romans 6 and jot down all you learn about a believer before Christ and in Christ.
Here’s an example of what I learned from verses 1 and 2:
Old Nature New Nature
Sin dominated I died to sin
Now it’s your turn to dig into the chapter and gain insight about the old-you verses the new-you in Christ.