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Nine Great Grow Decisions (4 of 6)
Series: Grow - Becoming the Spiritually Mature Person God Wants You to Be
Pastor Frank Damazio
INTRODUCTION: We are to live in Christ and allow Christ to live in us. He is the vine and we are the branches. The very same life and spirit that is in Christ is to be in us. Our lives are to be lives of perfect union with Jesus. In what way does Christ enable us to live as God wants us 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." If I allow the living Christ to take possession of my will and desires, I can walk even as He walked.
How do I change?
How do I grow?
How do I become like Christ?
Sanctification: It is the process a believer undergoes as the Spirit of God works in that person to become like Christ. The process begins at the moment we are born again and continues as long as we live. It is marked by daily conflict as we appropriate the grace and strength of God to overcome indwelling sin.
I. THE FACT OF OUR FREEDOM
We have been set free from sin through Christ's death and resurrection.
MSG Or didn't you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace--a new life in a new land! That's what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we're going in our new grace-sovereign country. Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the Cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life--no longer at sin's ...
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