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Community in Action Week 3-Day5

Lynn Bettes Community in Action Devotional

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians [2:20]

How would you receive the news that you’re dead?

Countless movies and T.V. shows start with the death of a victim, and the plotline is the pursuit of justice. Despite multiple twists and turns of the story, nothing changes for the victim.

The Christian message is a much different story, and much more compelling. It begins with death—our condition of being spiritually dead. The wages of sin is death (Romans [6:23]); we are all born in sin (Psalm 51:5); and, we all walked in the deadness of our sin (Ephesians 2:1-2). We live among the breathing dead. But God provided a living hope that exceeds the most grammy-deserving film.

When Jesus died, He made a way to put our death to death. If you are in Christ, you are dead no more. You are alive in Him. How then, you may ask, does a dead person learn to live? Our verse today gives us the answer. We respond to God by faith, and we live today by faith, as we will live forevermore by faith.

Whatever your past, God is making it new. Whatever lies ahead, God wants to lead you through it by faith.

God, thank You for killing the sin that held me captive, and freeing me to live in You. Jesus, You came that I might have life. Give me the faith trust Your ways, that by picking up my cross and following You, even into hardship, I might experience life. Amen.

Colossians [2:16]-[3:11]