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Before resurrection, death

October 31, 2011

It seems a sort of obvious statement, but before someone can be resurrected they must die.  As Christians we want to live in the power of the resurrection of Christ, we want to walk a life that is victorious and vibrant.  However, we must remember what life, or rather whose life, we are meant to live.  Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. ” This being crucified is an uncomfortable and unpleasant experience, but it has a deep purpose.  Crucifixion for us today is much more than being persecuted because we believe in Christ, it is a dying to self and being clothed in Christ.

Hosea 2:14-16 says, ” Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her.  I will give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.  “And it shall be, in that day,” says the LORD, “That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer call Me ‘My Master…”  The word Achor in Hebrew means “trouble,” and so we can infer that the valley of trouble will become a door of hope.  How can trouble become hope?  And note, that the end result is a greater intimacy between God and us.  From “My Master” to “My Husband.”  Our troubles and our griefs can, through a persevering hope in God, become a rich source of knowing Him in a more intimate and personal way than we ever thought possible.  But we must come to the end of ourselves, of our strengths, of our knowledge – to our death.  And after death, Life.

How can we walk in the power of His resurrection and the presence of His love, unless we put to death our flesh with all of its false hopes and strengths, and come to Him desperate for His touch?  Our “Valley of Trouble” can become our “Door of Hope” when we no longer “trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us…”  2 Cor. 1:9-10.

Not to us O Lord, but to You the glory.

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