“Sharing in his death by our baptism means that we we co-buried and entombed with Him, so that when the Father’s glory raised Christ from the dead, we were also raised with him. We have been co-resurrected with him so that we could be empowered to walk in freshness of new life” (Romans 6-4).
In a time where the very foundations of society are being shaken, my heart cry is this nation and the many people who are struggling in this world, bound by bondage and affliction to the law of sin and death.
God declares that you can have a new beginning in every area of you life. All things become new in Christ. He doesn’t rehabilitate nor patch things up. He uses His original plan — where you were created in His image and likeness — to restore you. True change takes place from the inside out.
Just as Jesus was raised from the dead by the Father’s glory, we were also raised up to walk in newness of life by that same glory. To resurrect means to raise from the dead. To restore, revive, revitalize or regenerate.
At the end of the year 2016, I inquired of the Lord about what many of the prophetic voices had been sharing regarding the coming new year 2017. Many of them were speaking similar word like reset, rebuild, reboot, and refresh. I heard the Lord say “There is power in the prefix ‘re.’ Wow! I’d never considered that. So I wrote a blog post (afrancinegreen.com) titled “The Power of ‘Re’.”
The prefix ‘re’ origin is Latin and means “again, back.” It means to “do something again; return to previous condition.” I began to examine some of the many words in the Bible beginning with “re.” I immediately thought of the what I call the 3 Rs; redemption, reconciliation, and restoration. It reminded me of a commercial with a little girl pushing a revolving door, running in circles, and shouting “again.” She was so excited.
In the Spirit, we have been resurrected to live at a higher level. The Father has raised us up and enabled to live above the dominion of sin and death. He has given us a reborn spirit and filled us with His Spirit. This was His original plan at creation. That we would be created in His image and likeness. Unfortunately, sin entered into the world because of Adam.
We were once dead to God and alive to sin. Now, we have been crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20), born again and filled with His Spirit. We are no longer held by the things of this natural world. Your spirit man has been resurrected with the same new life with which Jesus was made alive. Even when we were dead in our own trespasses and shortcomings. He has made us alive!
We have become an entirely new creation; no longer under the law, but grace. Sin no longer has control over us. Isn’t it amazing how God can take sinners, and forgive them and give the new life.
Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. We have been made new by the power of the Spirit. To walk in this newness of life requires us to abandon our old self which belongs to our former manner of life corrupted by evil desires, be renewed in the spirit of out minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:22-24).
God wants us to manifest this new life here on earth for His glory. The life we now live by faith in Jesus Christ. You don’t have to look back on your past with regret, guilt or shame. You can’t change it. Ask God to heal your past of negative memories. Look to the future with renewed hope! Your past does not determine your future!