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Devotional - week of March 25, 2001


CRUCIFIED TO THE WORLD

But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world   (Galatians 6:14).

One of the most subtle dangers that believers face is that of embracing beliefs and practices of the world. Some—if not many—conscientious believers have sought to be as godly as the best Christian they know. The subtlety is that our godly models may have features of worldliness in their lives.

There are at least two ways we can discover if we are living out beliefs and practices of the world. One is to compare our beliefs and practices with the word of God and with the beliefs and practices of the general public.

If we discover that some of our beliefs and practices are in harmony with those of the general public and out of harmony with Scriptures, we realize any worldly features in our lives.

Secondly, if we will begin “reckoning” (believing) ourselves to be crucified to the world and “choosing” to experience crucifixion to the world, God will expose any worldliness.

One of our greatest victories is freedom from a lifestyle modeled after the world. Such freedom is accompanied with many blessings.

Try the five imperatives of Romans 6:11-13 for the victory—and blessings of freedom from worldliness.