You can die once and be resurrected, or die the death of a thousand cuts.
We all have a personal paradigm: a distinct set of concepts or thought patterns by which we determine reality. Surrendering the beliefs that create a false sense of reality is the emotional equivalent of dying (to self): forsaking the world we know and entering into a realm that is completely unknown. Dying to self involves surrendering our opinions, assumptions, and judgments to God. Entering the Kingdom occurs when we choose to believe and govern our lives by the Word of God as taught, interpreted, and modeled by Jesus. Until we surrender our lives to Him as Lord, we cannot enter His Kingdom.
The writer of Hebrews points out that the fear of death keeps us bound to the devil (see Heb. 2:14-15). Keep in mind, the devil didn’t have any real or legitimate authority or power over man; his power was through man’s fear of death. Through Jesus becoming a man and conquering the devil as a man, He settled the sin issue once and for all. Now, all who trust His finished work can enjoy freedom from the power of sin.
Today, because of Jesus’ finished work, you now have a choice: you can live yielded to the Spirit, or you can live yielded to the flesh. Yielding to the righteousness of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, produces righteousness, peace, and joy in your soul.
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