a : a permanent cessation of all vital functions : the end of life b : the cause or occasion of loss of life
To say one can overcome through death appears to be the ultimate of oxymorons. Death implies an end of power, intellect, ability, and opportunity. When life leaves our soul, the opportunity to overcome exits with it, or does it?
Because I have been cleansed through the atoning work of Jesus Christ, I believe death is but the beginning of truly living and the ultimate act of overcoming. The day I confessed that Jesus Christ was Lord, yielding my life to Him, I died and yet the same instant I was reborn.
When I was buried with Christ, the chains of sin were broken, and the grip of death and damnation defeated. I am a new creation no longer bound by the law that both mandated my ruin but also guaranteed it. “Let not sin reign in your mortal bodies” wasn’t just an unrealistic command, it was a gift and ability won for me at great expense.
Because of His death and my death, I can go to bed every evening, and reflect upon my day, my actions, my failures, and my successes and be filled with hope instead of depression. Each day is an opportunity to overcome. I may stumble along the way, and fail in an area I am striving to master, but with my eyes to heaven I know I am being transformed every day into his likeness.
I look forward to the day heaven and earth pass away, bringing with it the final death-blow to imperfect and corrupted flesh. On that day the need to overcome will come to an end, for I shall see Him face to face and be righteous even as He is Righteous.
What shall we say then?
Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into his death?
4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death,
in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Just dropping by to return the compliment for you visiting my blog the other day – strayed over to the ‘Just Water The Camels’ pages – wow!
Amazing how God provides treasures when we weren’t even looking – that page was just what I needed to read, although not in the same vein as your issues of singleness!
I gave up work last year and after an initial period of ‘catch-up’ on household projects etc. I began to wonder what HE wanted me to do with the rest of my life. Despite much prayer and discussion with others, nothing stands out except to just keep being a faithful Mum and wife. While I wait for HIM to make clear what the next step is I need to just get on with camel-watering (doing what HE wants me to do today!) rather than worry about the future!
Thank you so much for this blessing!
SueH http://www.irefusetogoquietly.blogspot.co.uk/ and http://onesmallcogwheel.blogspot.co.uk/
Thank you for stopping by Sue. You are right in that the camel watering never stopped once I was married. The Lord always has a purpose and plan for our lives, we will never arrive until we finally arrive at His throne!
I have a different point of view. I think that once we are dead, that is it. Nothing. Oblivion. The chemical mechanisms of our body stop and like a car out of gas we stop.
Enjoyed reading your blog. Getting an idea of what people on the other side of my own belief system think.
I am trying to read all the A to Z blogs, but coming back to the ones I really like.
The Other Side
The Freedom of Nonbelief
Hi Tim, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and for considering my views of death and life after this one! It is interesting how people with differing world views can look at the exact same scientific evidence and see drastically different explanations. Best of luck to you in the challenge.