I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20
The flesh is the sinful nature, the carnal self, the ego. When Apostle Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ” (Ga. 2:20), he made a declaration of death to the natural state of sin. This means that the condition of being crucified with Christ must be made a reality in our lives. And when he said: “. . .it is no longer
I who live, but Christ lives in me…,” he is proclaiming that his carnal self has died, and that the new man that has risen together with Christ rules over his soul (mind, will and emotions.) The opposite happens when the flesh is not crucified, because it attracts demons like a dead animal attracts vultures.
Likewise, when we entertain wicked thoughts and perverted desires, these attract demons, which oppress and subjugate people until they destroy them. That is why we must constantly crucify our flesh. The Bible calls us to “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh” (Ga. 5:16-17). Today, the Lord wants you to renounce satisfying the desires of the carnal self and close the door to the demons that will destroy you. There are people who think they can play games with God, but soon discover the truth.
Close all the doors to the enemy. Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh
Let us pray together
Lord Jesus, we now renounces to the spirit of witchcraft and all similar spirits. I cast them out of my life in the name of Jesus! I close every door that I opened to the desires of the world, the works of the flesh, the perverted desires and evil thoughts. All that is gone, now! I close every point of entry to demons and declare myself free, by the power of Your name. Thank You Lord!
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: …
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.Ephesians 2:4,5
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.2 Corinthians 3:18
In the spiritual world, there is a law known as the “Law of Exchange,” which establishes that when we give Him more of ourselves, He gives us more of Himself. John the Baptist would say, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (Jn 3:30). This should be our desire, because the supernatural transformation in a believer is based on an exchange of lives. Our “self” and our will must decrease so that Jesus can grow in us. We must end sin and stop pleasing the desires of the flesh. If we obey God, deny ourselves and take up our cross every day, we will receive the life of Christ.
However, if we keep giving in to the desires of the flesh, we are on a course heading to eternal death. What can we do? Walk in the Spirit: that will empower us to do the will of God. When we walk in the Spirit, we live free of condemnation (Ro. 8:1). Today, we surrender our ego so that God may pour His spirit over us. One thing I have proven: the more of myself I give to God, the more I have of Him.
As Jonathan, you too can have more of God, as you give Him more of who you are. Today is a good day to start a new life in Christ.
Pray with me
Lord Jesus, I ask for forgiveness for having offended You. I repent and I give every area of my life where You’re not the Lord. I surrender my ego, I submit my will, I give my life to You so that You may pour Your spirit on me. I put my life on the altar as an offering, knowing that the more I give of me, the more I have of You. Glory and honor to You Lord! Amen
Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, that they may see the glory You gave Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.
1 Corinthians 13:12
Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5
One who is called “Lord” is owner and master of something or someone, or who has supreme authority over a territory. After His resurrection, “the Father exalted Jesus to the highest place,” and made Him Lord “in the heavens, the earth and beneath the earth“ (Phil. 2:9-11). However, Jesus is a gentleman. He doesn’t force us to give Him any area of ourselves. Many say that Jesus is their Lord, but they have many areas in their lives that they refuse to surrender; and in those areas where He is not made Lord, He does not tend to it or its needs.
However, when we surrender our will, God becomes the supreme authority. When Jesus is the owner, the enemy cannot touch that area. For example, if you make Him Lord over your finances, He will be in charge of your prosperity; providing for you, obtaining the best contracts for you, and He will pour His grace and favor over you. We need to die with Jesus so we can arise with Him in the power of the resurrection. When you surrender your life, He becomes your savior, healer, protector and unconditional friend. Today, surrender every area of your life to Jesus, so that His will may be done.
No matter the place where you come from or what you’ve done, if you surrender every area of your life to Jesus, He takes you out of the filth and uses you for His glory.
Pray with me
Lord Jesus, I regret having acted in rebellion, but today I come before You and I surrender every area of my life. I choose to die to myself, I ask that You be my Lord and Master. Today I depose my arms and allow that, from now on, You transform my mind and guide my every step. I want to do Your will!
That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. Psalm 1:1-2
Many believers brag about the length of time they have been Christians, the denomination they belong to, or the church they attend. However, our walk in Christ does not depend on any of these things. The real question is: how much of that time have you spent in the presence of God? The church in and of itself does not change anyone, but if we have daily communion with the Lord, daily we will change. Some have been in church for years, while others have been there for months, but the new believers can be more mature than the older ones, because they are constantly seeking God’s presence.
We don’t become like Jesus by being disciplined, tithing or going to church on Sundays. All of these are good habits and we should practice them, but what changes us is a supernatural encounter, face to face, with the living God.
Knowing the Lord is to have an experience with Him; it is more than studying theology or hearing about Him from other people’s comments. If you are exposed to the presence of God, you will change.
Do you want to see real changes in your life? Spend more time in the presence of God. Today, God invites you to spend time in His presence. How will you answer?
Let us pray together
Heavenly Father, I come to You recognizing that You are the only one who can change my life. I’m tired of living the same way! I’m tired of having an empty life! I need to be transformed into Your presence. Change me Jesus!
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
This Book of the Law must not depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in all you do.Deuteronomy 33:29
Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD? He is the shield that protects you, the sword in which you boast. Your enemies will cower before you, and you shall trample their high places.”
God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
An exchange took place on the cross: Jesus gave us everything that belonged to Him as the Son of God, as well as the blessing He received from an entire life of walking in obedience. In return, we gave Him our rebellion, curses and the punishments we deserved for our disobedience. He carried the sins of all mankind, so we could be changed in His image and transformed in the likeness of the Father. The Bible says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21).
In the beginning, Adam and Eve were created in the image and likeness of God. The image is the resemblance we have to our Creator given to us through His divine genes. The likeness leads us to think, believe and act like Him. As such, man’s original mindset was a reflection of the Lord’s and worked closely with His supernatural power. This is why the first humans manifested the will of God on the earth so strongly. However, because of rebellion and disobedience, we lost the mindset of heaven, and our spirit was disconnected from eternity. On the cross, Jesus restored our images and transformed us into His likeness.
When you receive the revelation of the truth of Christ, your image will begin to change (remember that a child inherits the genes of his father. At the same time, you will start to resemble Him in His way of thinking, believing and acting.
Pray with me
Lord Jesus, I ask for forgiveness for my futile way of life. From now I abandon the life of sin, passivity, carnality, selfishness and idolatry, and begin to be transformed into Your image and likeness. Transform my body, my mind, my words and my behavior to reflect the divine being that You created with Your own hands. Thank You Jesus!
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
God presented Him as the atoning sacrifice through faith in His blood, in order to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance He had passed over the sins committed beforehand
Then Jesus said to all of them, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. Luke 9:23
Jesus gives us the key to becoming His disciple in Luke 9:23 when He said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Briefly, Jesus tells us to deny our ego, our pride, our sinful nature and our flesh. We have to say, “No” to what we want, what we think and desire. The Lord wants to perform miracles with us, but there is a conflict between our ego and the will of God. So the moment you say, “I will not do my will anymore, but instead choose Yours,” then the Lord will release His grace and power to help you carry out your purpose.
While He preached in the desert and in the cities, thousands followed Jesus, yet He only discipled 120, sent out 70, His personal disciples numbered 12, of which 3 were the closest, and only one remained at the foot of the cross. Do you still want to be a disciple of Jesus? Then take the first step: Deny yourself!
As we saw earlier, the first step to being a disciple of Jesus is to deny our ego, crucify the flesh and the old man. Today, when you go out to the streets, make sure you follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Pray with me
Lord Jesus, I ask for forgiveness for not having taken my cross and following You. I regret not dying to my ego, pride and sinful nature. Today I get up and start to take steps towards You. Lord, release Your grace and favor today, so that I may fulfill Your purpose. Amen.
Then Jesus called the crowd to Him along with His disciples, and He told them, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
And whoever does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.Hebrews 13:13
Therefore let us go to Him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore