“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
What does it mean to be crucified with Christ? Have you ever thought about being crucified with Christ? Jesus was crucified for us, so why not be crucified with him? Today is the last day of Lent. On this last day before his resurrection, lets try to let Christ live in us. How might we do this? Let go of yourself. Surrender yourself to the one who loves you and gave his life for you.
Letting go of oneself is one of the hardest things for a human to do. It’s not all that easy. For us to do this, we need to connect to God. On this Holy Saturday, lets take some time to breathe in God. Do you want to try something with me? If you do, go to a quiet peaceful place. Relax and take deep breaths. Close your eyes if you want to. With each inhale, think, God live within me. With each exhale, think, rid me of myself. Do this a couple times. When you find that place of connection with God, you can stop.
Now, think of your top 3 worst habits. These can range from negativity to gossiping to getting easily stressed. When you’ve got them, write them down. Then, ask God for help with them. I suggest finding bible verses that have to deal with your habits and writing them down so they are daily reminders for you to let Christ live in you.
Here are some verses for just a few habits:
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29)
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1)
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:15-17)
For more verses go to: http://www.openbible.info/topics/breaking_bad_habits
Lord, rid me of myself. You deserve to live in me since you died for me. Let me be transformed into a person of Christ. Amen
Tomorrow, Christ will have risen from the dead. Before the celebration, lets turn ourselves completely over to Our Savior.