That’s right. At the point you got saved, YOU WERE RAISED TO NEW LIFE. How do I know that? The Scriptures make it very clear. YOU ARE A NEW CREATION, filled with and empowered by the Spirit of the Living God.
You may live on this earth,
but this world is not your home.
We are citizens of Heaven,
and our Heavenly Lord is both God and King.
As citizens of Heaven, we live by the standards He has laid out for us in the Word of God. Those are the standards we live by as we rely on Him to shower us with His grace and His mercy and the strength He gives us.
Here is some food for thought.
3 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. 7 You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. 8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
“Lord, make us like wax before the fire, softened and easy to shape. Though our flesh roars out for acts and crusades of rebellion, may our spirit always yield and submit to Your ways. Though purification from selfishness and pride, wrongful ways and sinful attitudes may inflict temporal pain, cleanse us as You did Isaiah when the coal touched his lips so we may be with You from everlasting to everlasting. May we always strive along your paths of righteousness and seek out Your ways so we would not become calloused and lose First Love.” (Journal Entry By L.A. Knowles Written October 23, 2003)
May God bless you all.
With Much Love,
Linda A. Knowles
Executive Director, Thread of Hope, Inc.