Monday, 3 July 2017

'ARE YOU DEAD WITH HIM (2)'?

"It is a faithful saying; for if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him" - 2 Timothy 2:11 
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There are signs that indicates that you're dead with Him. A life that is dead with Him is a life that is fully yielded or have surrendered all to Him. 
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The first sign that shows that you are dead with Him is that you won't just draw near to Him with your mouth or honor Him with your lips but your heart will become His dwelling place (Matt. 15:8-9). A surrendered life equals a surrendered heart.
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It is the heart of a man that determines his affection. When you're dead with Him, you'll seek those things that are above and not the things that are on the earth (Col. 3:1-2).
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Secondly, it will be very difficult to tell a man not to love the world and the things therein (1 John 2:15-17) when his heart has not been totally surrendered to God.
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Thirdly, a surrendered life serves and follows Jesus (John 12:26). But it is quite unfortunate that many who claim to serve Him are serving their own interest or men's interest. Moreover, some are not even following Him but their mentors or men of God.
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Fourthly, a life that is dead with Christ is a life that loves God with all his heart, soul, strength and might; and his neighbor as himself (Luke 10:27). You can't love Him with the whole of your being if the whole of your heart has not been surrendered to Him.
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The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart. Who owns your heart? If your heart has not been fully yielded to Him, He cannot become the Lord of your life. However, when your heart is dead to self and the world, then you can be dead with Him.



By Adeniyi Tim Oluwamayowa.

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