Romans 6:4 “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

We thank God for His favour on our lives and I welcome you to the month of August which is the 8th month of the year. God is giving us a fresh start and thus He is asking us to arise into a newness of life. The new life God wants for us has to be in Christ Jesus and not something we can do on our own.

The changes God promises are radical. They’re not changes where things get hidden; they’re not glossed over changes. God’s talking about a completely new and improved you. God doesn’t just clean the outside. He doesn’t just reshape it, or even enhance what’s already there. He works from the inside out, for the purpose of recreating.

First, we have to recognize that these changes aren’t something we can do on our own. Yes, we do have to choose to die to sin. We do have to choose to arise in newness of life. But we also must remember that changes we make on our own do not last. When you finally admit that you cannot change yourself, that’s when you’ll find that Jesus is ready, willing and able to do for you what you can’t do for yourself.

It starts by identifying with Christ in his death. Admit our sin. Admit that we can’t change our sinful nature on our own. And allow God to have every area of our life. God will not force His way into anyone’s heart. He’ll allow you to be uncomfortable sometimes even miserable, until we give up fighting Him.

Spurgeon quoted and said “If we are really saved, we are to walk in newness of life: that is to say, we shall move on, march on, going from strength to strength. We are not at the end yet; we must advance. We are not to act or grow in the energy of the old life, but in newness of life. The conduct of a Christian is in newness of life: and therefore others cannot understand him because he acts so differently from them. But, alas, all (professing Christians) are not of this sort.”

My friends, I want to encourage us to arise to a newness of life and allow the Holy Spirit to move in us directing our actions and ways. Shalom and enjoy the new life in Christ.

 

Yemisi Onanuga.