Reading Romans 6: 5 – 11

It is not enough to be amazed at the mystery of the Cross, however. For it to be effective in our lives we need to receive it into our own lives. A few years ago I heard a direct prophetic word which brought this challenge home to me in a new way.

“Yes! Many hold their hands up in adoration of what I have done, that death, glorious death, supreme sacrifice; their mouths show forth praise. But I say to them, `Come join me. You must enter into that death with me; you died with me. Don’t you see that? I know that you try to please me, but of yourselves you cannot, except that you join me in death. Then you will enter into resurrection life. I tell you that no man can crucify himself, purge his sins. I alone have paid the penalty for sins.’

Therefore we can now say, “I can do all things in Christ Jesus. It is no longer I that live but Christ lives in me.”

Those words made a great impact in my own life. They reveal the true heart of the work of Christ. It was in the power of the Holy Spirit that He offered Himself up for us (Heb. 9:14). It is as we allow the Holy Spirit to do the same work of overcoming sin, affliction and the power of death in us that we will enter into the true victory of Calvary.

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