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Live The Life God Chose. Take Off Your Grave Clothes!

The phrase came to me as I was reading John 11. Anyone that is not saved please give your life to Christ by confessing you are a sinner in need of a savior, believing that Jesus died and rose from the dead. Believe in your heart, confess your sins declaring that Jesus is Lord, and salvation is yours. Start the journey of a renewed life by reading, listening, meditating, and acting on the word of God. If you fall, repent and get back on the right track. A righteous person falls seven times and gets back up (Proverbs 24:16). Every problem you face is in the word of God. It is the first step to taking off your grave clothes. God sent His Son Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice so we can live a life of freedom through Him.

We are taking our grave clothes off by renewing our mind to the word of God. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV: 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].

Romans 12:2: And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].

We take off our grave clothes by walking in love because God is love. 1 John 3:14: We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.

We take off our grave clothes by yielding to the spirit and put to death our fleshly desires. Romans 8:12-16: 12 So then, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation, but not to our flesh [our human nature, our worldliness, our sinful capacity], to live according to the [impulses of the] flesh [our nature without the Holy Spirit]— 13 for if you are living according to the [impulses of the] flesh, you are going to die. But if [you are living] by the [power of the Holy] Spirit you are habitually putting to death the sinful deeds of the body, you will [really] live forever. 14 For all who are allowing themselves to be led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading again to fear [of God’s judgment], but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons [the Spirit producing sonship] by which we [joyfully] cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies and confirms together with our spirit [assuring us] that we [believers] are children of God. 17 And if [we are His] children, [then we are His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His spiritual blessing and inheritance], if indeed we share in His suffering so that we may also share in His glory.

We are taking off grave clothes by believing what the word of God says not what the situation tells us. John 11:39-44 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

It is time as believers for people to see the glory of God. The glory of God will draw people into the kingdom of God. Take off the grave clothes of depression and put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Take off the grave clothes of lack because we are the seed of Abraham and heirs. Because the Lord is our Shepherd, we want for nothing. Take off the grave clothes of sickness and receive the healing Jesus died for. Take off the grave clothes of bitterness and anger and receive the love of God.

Live the life God Chose! Take Off The Grave Clothes!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die for me. Now all things are new in my life. I am redeemed from the curse and live in the blessing of God. I put to death anything that is not like Jesus and live a life of the kingdom of God. I am transformed daily by renewing my mind to the word of God. In Jesus name Amen!

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