Live, Die Repeat
And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, But the Spirit is life because of righteousness. Romans 8:10
I heard this phrase, “Live, Die Repeat” in a commercial for a movie today and it made me think.
I sometimes find myself “going back to the drawing board”. It seems that life cycles run in such a way that just when I think I’ve got it figured out I find myself asking, “What happened”?
It’s when I get to a place of self-reliance that I’m reminded of the verse “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1st Corinth 10:12).
In Paul’s letter to the Romans he instructs us to “Walk in the Spirit”. Too many times I see believers become over confident in the things of the flesh. This road usually starts with walking in the Spirit and dying to self which the Bible teaches is the way to life. So, we have this cycle of “Live, Die repeat”.
It’s as if we get this new lease on life thru death. Verse 13 tells us,” For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live”.
I wonder what it takes to continue to do what Paul says in Galatians “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”. What are the things that we allow to cause us to retreat to the flesh?
For me it’s relationships, I can have a hard time with the way we treat each other. I need the Lord to reel me in because as soon as I begin to “Live” I tend to allow myself to be drawn away and then I have to “Die” and often “Repeat”.
I love the formula in Psalm 37 verses 3-5,
Trust – “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness”
Delight -“Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
Commit –” Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”
Join me this morning as we start our day off asking the Lord to give us the grace and mercy needed for today. And tomorrow, REPEAT! Rob Russoma serves full-time at America’s Keswick and is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy
Think About This: Grace does not demonize our desires nor destroy them nor lead us to deny them. Grace is the work of the Holy Spirit in transforming our desires so that knowing Jesus becomes sweeter than illicit sex, sweeter than money and what it can buy, sweeter than every fruitless joy. Grace is God satisfying our souls with His Son so that we’re ruined for anything else! Samuel Storms
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12