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Devotional - week of April 7, 2013


WALKING IN NEWNESS OF LIFE

Even so we also should walk in newness of life.  Romans 6:4b

 This statement follows the revelation that believers have been spiritually crucified and buried. It is followed by the statement that believers also have been spiritually resurrected. The word “also” means that as Jesus is living in newness of life because He has been crucified, buried and resurrected, so should all of God’s children.

 Consider the things that Isaiah 53 prophesied about Jesus. In His childhood and youth years, He was unnoticed, unattractive and rejected. As an adult He was despised, rejected, not respected, a man of grief and then crucified as a criminal.

 Now Jesus is accepted, honored and praised all over the earth. He is filled with joy when a person on earth receives Him as Lord and Savior.

 How has your crucifixion, burial and resurrected enabled you to walk in newness of life? There is not enough space here to begin to answer this question, but we can mention a few changes that are now available to us.

 When we experience our oneness with Christ, we can have victory over sin on a continuous basis (Romans 6:11). We can become people of godly character. “The fruit of the Spirit is, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control ….” (Galatians 5:22-23a). Look at each word of this passage. These are characteristics that all believers should love to possess.

 We will have an impact on the lives of others as God uses our bodies as His instruments to bless others (Romans 6:13c). We will continually prepare for the day of God’s judgment of our works (2 Corinthians 5:10).