DEAD: ALIVE ONLY IN CHRIST IV

DEAD: ALIVE ONLY IN CHRIST IV
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” – Colossians 3:2-4
It is easy and convenient for modern days’ believer to claim that his/her life is hid with Christ in God when the believer is facing challenges with sickness, disease and forces of hell (may be witches or wizard). While that is applicable regarding the scripture, there is much more to that scripture than that. That scripture demands that we accept responsibility to be “dead to sin and all that is in the world”.
The proof of the ‘deadness’ of a believer is setting his/her affection on the things above. The desire for improper worldly pleasures are gone. We will always need to do a personal review and appraisal to check where our affection lies. A naturally dead body does not feel anything, does not have any worldly pleasure because all the factors that could facilitate those are gone. To set affection on the things above means:
 To look at life from God’s perspective;
 To seek what interests God and what He desires;
 To seek to do His pleasure.
Setting one’s affection on the things above is the antidote to inordinate obsession. It is also the antidote to all manifestations of self-centeredness, fleshly gratification; lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and pride of life.
Apostle Paul said:
“For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” – Philippians 1:21
A believer that is not ready to die is really not ready to live. To die to the world and all the lusts thereof but alive in Christ pleasing the Lord. To devote one’s time to what really matters to heaven. This is being alive in Christ. This is abundant life!
Scriptures for meditation: Colossians 3:5-17
Jesus is Lord!

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