Winter 2018

WINTER 2018 | 39 ON A MISSION Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and cru- cified them there.” Band-Aid cures and self-help solutions are temporary. We lose 20lbs, we gain back 30lbs. We stop drinking, we start again when we take on life by ourselves and not through God. We resolve to know God better, and a week or two later the Bible is back in the book- case. We’re not going to screw around, but we never totally delete our “contact” list. The only way to have real lasting change is to kill off the old stuff and replace it with new, and that takes God’s work in us, and not something we do on our own. When we accept this and let God remove our defects we’ll be surprised by His miracle work. The Bible promises this. We’ll never be completely perfect, but we can rest assured that our sinful character and defects can be removed one-by-one as we die to them and live in Christ. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Gala- tians 2:20 Start today, step-by-step, dying to the old self and letting God take control. He’ll make the changes. He’ll give you new life. It works if He works it.