Have You Learned to Die?

“Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.”

Romans 7:4

Ponder This

Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die, isn’t that right? But you have to go through something to get to something. You have to go through death to get to Heaven, and you have to go through death to yourself to get to the victorious life. The reason so many of us are not filled with the Spirit is, very frankly, we’re so stuffed full of ourselves that there’s not room for the Spirit. We have to come to the end of ourselves and learn to die so we can start living. To think this way is not being morbid, it is being joyful, because Jesus didn’t say, “I have come that you might have death,” but, "I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly.” (See John 10:10.) But we won’t receive this life until we’re sick and tired of our old life. Not until we say, “Yes, Jesus, because you died, I died with you. And thank God, when you rose, I rose with you.”

  • What does it mean to die to yourself?
  • What does this look like in your life? What are some specific things God is calling you to die to today?

Practice This

Make a list of ways you sense God calling you to die to yourself. Ask Him for the ability to put those things off to live more fully for Him.