"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized unto his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin (Romans 6:1-6)."
As Christians, the most amazing aspect in our relationship with God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the ability to be born again. "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3)." God gives us the opportunity to repent of our sins and confess him as our Lord and Savior (Acts 2:38). When we ask God to come into our hearts he makes everything new and gives us the opportunity to start fresh, except this time serving him and not ourselves.
Many Christians fail to see the victory there is at Calvary. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ spoiled the principalities and powers of this world, he made a show of them openly triumphing over them (Col 2:15)." By His will he chose to store His treasure in us, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us (2 Cor 4:7). We no longer have to serve sin, but we have the authority as children of God just as our Lord did in the wilderness; to command the devil to, "Get behind thee Satan.!"
There is a newness in Christ we should cherish, that being we are now capable because of the Holy Spirit to do things we were never able to do-serving righteousness. "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you (Matthew 5:44)." We were never able to do this before we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but now we can because our Lord commands us to do it. It would not make sense for Jesus to command us to do something and it were not possible.
Our Lord gave us brothers and sisters here on earth that we will be spending eternity with, so why do we continue to spend more time with those out in the world doing worldly things, instead of being involved in the building of God's Kingdom? If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth (1 John 1:6). The old self and the old things that use to take place in our lives before we knew Jesus Christ should be thrown in the trash and never to look back.
If we fail to recognize the newness abound in being born again with Christ Jesus, we are missing out. We must always remember that the Holy Spirit of the Almighty Living God is within our hearts, He has feelings too. What does he think when we make certain decisions without consulting him about it? Yes, Our Lord and Savior is faithful and just to forgive when we are faithful confess our sins to him (1 John 1:9), but should we take advantage of the grace that God has given us to do whatever we want? God forbid!
Oh God we ask in the name of Jesus Christ to guide us on this path of newness. We know Father that when we acknowledge you in all ways, you will make our ways straight (Prov 3:6)." Give us grace to see the life that is available to us if we choose to serve you with all our minds, all our hearts, and all our souls and give us the strength Oh God to walk circumspectly in a world that wants to bring us down. Help us Oh God bury our old lives and rise with you in newness. We love you with all the love we have to give. To God be the glory, honor and praise forever. AMEN