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|NASB||2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, ¶ To the church of God which is at Corinth with all the saints who are throughout Achaia:|
|2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah) by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth, and to all the saints (God's people) throughout Achaia (southern Greece):|
|Bible Question: How do I surrender day by day, minute by minute, second by second, moment by moment?|
Bible Answer: Hello Kahari,
You have asked probably one of the most important questions a believer should ask. How do I become more like Christ daily...
Let me begin by reminding you that you ARE a new creation in Christ Jesus. Your spirit is now reunited in relationship with God your Father through Jesus blood.
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.
But you have also realized that despite this great truth, you are daily not living like a NEW CREATURE, but still like the OLD.
18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my (9) flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.
19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.
Romans 6:13 gives the 'exercise' to overcome sin in our life. I use the word exercise because it is just that, and must be done with diligence. At first it may seem like all you do is struggle against old habbits and thoughts, but just like exercise, eventually these things weaken and you become stronger.
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Our pastor gave a simple illustration of this just a few weeks ago.
He moved to the left side of the pulpit and said that over here I was in sin, bound and doomed. God by His Spirit transported me supernaturally to His kingdom. Then after moving to the other side of the pulpit he pointed out that we now have a new mastor, a new Lord. This new Lord is here to give us direction, empower us, and discipline us. When the devil or your flesh yells at you, 'yield' to the right thing...
The way to live day by day more like Jesus? Yield your members to righteousness. As His Word comes alive to you by the Holy Spirit, you will understand more and more what that looks like. Our carnal mind before renewal does not understand God's ways. But as the Holy Spirit opens our understanding revealing the heart of the Father more and more, we see how to yield.As we yield by faith, a marvelous thing happens...our heart changes. Forgiveness stops being a superficial act and becomes the forgiveness of the heart.Love goes from being just a selfish word to a selfless unconditional love of God.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Hope this helps. Any questions?
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