Thank God for you all. As a result of your continued support and my commitment to the Lord, today is the last entry for the book. Praise God I am finished. I will keep you posted on the progress up to the release of the book. Keep praying and God Bless you.
Verse of the Day
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:4
We often hear that we must close one chapter before we can move on to another one. It is always good to have some closure to whatever you are moving from because it allows you to clearly move on without anything holding you back. It is also our experience that sometimes specifically in relationships we don’t always close chapters before we try to move on to a new one. From personal experience life as we know it becomes so much more difficult when we do this. It is more difficult focus on what’s new in your life because you are still dealing with the past and it is truly hard to fully commit when part of you is still in the past. The best example I can give to something being final is a funeral. Once the casket closes, the body is committed, it is lowered and the dirt is dropped, that chapter is closed.
Here Paul is helping us understand salvation, baptism and painting a picture of what dying to sin really looks like. When we go through baptism it is symbolic of what should have already happen in your heart. Just as Jesus Christ was buried and raised to new life we also have to participate in that burial. We are not buried in a physical sense but in our heart and mind we have to die to sin so that we can be raised to walk in new life with Jesus Christ. So we have to bury our sins and the past the caused us to sin in order to fully commit to a new life lived through and by the power of the Holy Spirit. So the water baptism is considered a watery grave.
It is going to be very difficult to walk in the newness of Jesus Christ if we are still holding on to the past. If you bless the past it will set you free, free to live as God has intended you to live. There comes a time in everyone’s life that a decision to move on from the past has to happen so that you can fully give yourself away to God’s purpose in your life. For me it took a few life threatening situations to get my attention and ultimately make a decision that enough was enough. I didn’t realize that I needed to have a funeral for my past and my sins in order to bring some closure to that part of my life. If I had been in tune with God I would have made it a big ceremony but instead it was a quiet intimate closed casket ceremony because I didn’t want to see or deal with the past anymore and didn’t want anyone else exposed to it either.
The spark for me to have this closure was realizing the will of God for my life. When I realized His will and accepted it, I entered my period of sanctification naturally and without any set backs. Are you willing to make the arrangements for your sins? Have you arrived at that moment in your life where you realize that if you keep doing what you are doing expecting a different result you are going to go insane? Have you thought about the fact that God can’t bless you with this new thing for your life until you open your hands let the past go? God can’t put something new in your hands if they are full of your past because you are still holding on. Make today your day of Declaration, trade in your old life for the one that God really has in store for you and never look back. Like Kirk Franklin you have to declare today that “This Is It!!”
The choice is yours and time is not on your side. It is time to do the committal for your past, ashes to ashes and dust to dust.
Jesse R. Watson Jr.