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Day 8

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As we grow in our relationship with Christ, our lives begin to display a greater harmony between who God says we are and how we live. God transforms our mind, emotions and will according to truth as we ask Him. His Spirit writes the words of Christ on our hearts.

At the moment of salvation, God made us His chosen, holy and beloved children. We were given a brand new nature when the holy life of Christ was deposited in us. Our old nature, acting and reacting independently of God, was done away with. Romans 6:6 says, “We know that our old self was nailed to the cross with Jesus in order that our body (which is the instrument) of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin.” The life of Christ in you is your power to walk out of sin! Jesus makes it possible for you to live as a holy child of God, which is your true identity in Him.

Do you believe this? What could be more beautiful than living the life that God intended for you to live, a life characterized by greater degrees of holy conduct? Cultivating friendship with Christ causes His life to grow and mature in you as you come to Him in complete dependence. God has already changed your nature. As you yield yourself to the authority of Christ’s words and the Holy Spirit, your behavior is changed to reflect your holy identity. Welcome God’s Spirit daily to exercise His life-giving power in you.

Are you struggling with a particular sin?

Ask the Spirit of God every day to help you turn away from sin. He will. Jesus died to deliver you completely from sin.

Thank Him for this wondrous gift.

         “But I say, walk and live (habitually) in the (Holy) Spirit (responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit); then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).” Galatians 5:16